The G-Man at Capitol Hill’s Mangialardo’s, the Best Sandwich in DC.

Updated July 11, 2021

The Italian sandwich (slash sub/hoagie/grinder/hero), depending where you hail) is one of the great American food inventions.  Although DC does not have an extensive Italian-American community (though there were certainly pockets in the early 20th century on Capitol Hill or nearby), you can still get great sandwiches in DC, as detailed below (I’ve included a few suburban sandwich essential spots as well). For more Barred in DC sandwiches go here.  This taste test story from 2017 in Post by Holley Simmons (now flower shop owner) is great too. Rankings are based on a series of Twitter polls (the top 3 were essentially tied)

Name of Italian Sandwich (their most popular version) in Italics. Price with tax. In almost all situations, toppings can be subtracted

The Italian Sandwich DC Area Trinity

  • Mangialardo’s (Capitol Hill (near Potomac Ave. Metro))
    • M-F 8a-3p; closed Sat-Sun
    • Pickup (call (202) 543-6212/walk-in/website)
    • Delivery (Grubhub)
    • G-Man (or Big “G” if really hungry, with double all the meat)
    • Meat/Cheese: Ham, Salami, Mortadella, Pepperoni, Fontina Cheese, Provolone Cheese on choice of hard or soft roll.
    • Toppings: Oregano, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Onion,  Oil,  Vinegar, Hot/Sweet Peppers and/or Deli Mustard
    • $10.70 ($13.50 for Big G)
    • Barred in DC favorite DC sandwich
  • The Italian Store (Arlington, Virginia in Westover and Lyon Village)
    • M-Sat 10a-8p, Sun 11a-6p
    • Pickup (call 571-341-1080 Westover, 703-528-6266 Lyon Village/walk-in)
    • The Milano
    • Meat/Cheese: two Italian hams, provolone cheese, and Genoa salami on choice of choice of hard or soft Italian roll.
    • Toppings: sweet and/or hot peppers, lettuce, onions, oregano, and special dressing.
    • $9.70 (small), $10.70 (large)
    • also known for pizza
  • A. Litteri (Union Market Area/NoMa) M-9a-4p, Tue-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 11a-6p
    • Pickup (online/walk-in)
    • Italian Classic
    • Meat/cheese: Capicola, Genoa salami, Mortadella, Prosciuttini, Provolone,
    • Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato. Onion, Hot Peppers & Italian Seasoning (No substitutions though build your own allowed for more $)
    • $8 (9″ hard roll) $5.75 (6″ soft roll), $11 (12″ soft roll), $7.50 (8″ wheat roll)


  • Bub and Pop’s (Dupont)
    • Tue-Sat 11a-4p
    • Pickup (call 202-457-1111/walk-in)
    • Delivery (UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash). Can do scheduled orders in advance 1 day if you call
    • Bub’s Italian Hoagie
    • Meat/Cheese: Genoa‎ Salami, Sweet Capicola, Hot Capicola, Pepperoni, Aged Provolone on roll. Can be baked on request.
    • Toppings: Iceberg Lettuce, Roma Tomato, Raw Onion, Hoagie Relish (hot peppers, sweet peppers,  pickle & onion), Mayo, Bub’s Vinaigrette, and Pecorino Romano.
    • $11 (half), $22 (whole)
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
    • Probably highest quality one in DC area
  • Capo Delicatessan (Shaw)
    • M-Th 11a-8p, F-Sat 11a-11p, 11a-9p Sun
    • Pickup (online/Toast/walk-in)
    • Delivery (DoorDash/Grubhub/UberEats)
    • Capo Special or Italian Combo
    • Meat/Cheese: Soprressata, Mortadella, Provolone (Capo). Genoa salami, capicola, provolone (Italian)
    • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, provolone, house-made Italian Dressing.
    • $11.55 (small), $14.85 (large)
    • Cocktails also available
  • Stachowski Market (Georgetown)
    • Mon-Sat 10a-8p, Sun 11a-6p
    • Pickup (call (202) 506-3125 /walk-in)
    • 4 Meat Grinder
    • Meat/Cheese: salami, coppa, mortadella, soppressata with provolone
    • Toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, and house vinaigrette.
    • $17.60
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options

Lots of Support

  • Taylor Gourmet (Dupont, Franklin Sq, Penn Ave, plus suburban locations)
    • Dupont and Franklin Square (M-F 11a-7p, closed Sat-Sun), Penn Ave (M-F 11a-3p, closed Sat-Sun)
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow or Walk-In)
    • Delivery (In-House App, Caviar, DoorDash, UberEats
    • 9th Street Italian or Federal Italian
    • Meat/Cheese: 9th St Italian (Genoa salami, hot capicola, prosciutto, sharp Provolone); Federal Italian (Genoa salami, hot capicola, cured ham, pepperoni, fresh Mozzarella). Both on “original, farmhouse wheat, soft roll, or gluten free wrap”
    • Toppings: 9th St (Lettuce, tomato, onion, ultimate vinaigrette); Federal Italian (house made tomato vinaigrette, roma tomato, red onion, fresh basil, olive oil)
    • $9.90 (regular), $15.40 (large)
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Vace (Cleveland Park, Bethesda)
    • M-F 9a-9p, Sat 9a-8p, Sun 10a-5p
    • Pickup (call 202-363-1999 CP, 301-654-6367 Bethesda; walk-in)
    • Italian Cold Cut
    • Meat/Cheese: Genoa Salami, Ham, Mortadella And Mozzarella Cheese (optional provolone instead) on Hard roll or soft focaccia bread
    • Toppings: Lettuce,Tomatoes,Onions,Hot Peppers, Italian Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Mayonnaise, Yellow Mustard
    • $7.15
    • Also known for pizza
  • Grazie Grazie (The Wharf)
    • 10:30-8p M-Th, 10:30-9:30p F-Sun
    • Pickup (online/Chownow, walk-in)
    • Delivery (Caviar, DoorDash)
    • 8+1 or Minelli
    • Meat/Cheese: 8+1 (Genoa salami, hot capicola, prosciutto, sharp Provolone), Minnelli (hot capicola, peppered ham, prosciutto, pecorino romano)
    • Toppings: 8+1 (lettuce, tomato, onion, EVOO + red wine vinegar, house seasoning), Minelli (spicy aioli, oven dried tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil, arugula, EVOO + red wine vinegar, house seasoning)
    • $12.10 (8+1), $13.20 (Minelli)
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Santucci’s Italian Delicatessan  (Silver Spring, Maryland)
    • currently M-Sat 10a-8p, closed Sun
    • Pickup (call 301-593-8338)
    • Italian Cold Cut Submarine
    • Meat/Cheese: Italian meats and provolone cheese on 10″ (12″ available, as is 10″ hard roll or whole wheat rolls)
    • Toppings:  creamy Italian herb dressing, homemade oil and vinegar and hot peppers, lettuce, tomato and onions. Mayo and mustard available
    • $11.50 (regular 10 inch) $13.60 (12 inch)
  • Filippo’s Italian Specialties (Wheaton, Maryland)
    • M-Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-2p
    • Pickup (Online, call)
    • Delivery (DoorDash)
    • Italian Cold Cut or Panino (get the latter)
    • Meat/Cheese: Italian Cold Cut (capicola, genoa salami, provolone); Panino (Prosciutto di parma, mortadella, genoa salami, provolone)
    • Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Oil and Vinegar, Hot Pepper, and Italian Herbs
    • $7.70 (regular), $10.70 (large)

Others DC Notables:

All of these are great, but haven’t quite received the recognition due to their location or length of time open. Listed in italics is the name of their most Italian sub.

  • Salumeria 2703 (Brookland, NoMa)
    • Closed Tuesday. Open at 11a other days. Close at 7p M, W/Th; 8p F-Sat, 6p Sun
    • Pickup (Chownow, walk-in)
    • Delivery (UberEats)
    • Italiano Sandwich
    • $17.16
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Italian Gourmet Deli (Downtown)
    • M-F 8a-3p
    • Pickup (Chownow, walk-in)
    • Delivery (Chownow, possibly in-house)
    • True Italian Sub or Spicy Italian
    • $11.55
  • Each Peach Market (Mt. Pleasant)
    • 10:30-5:30p daily
    • Pickup (order online)
    • The Dude
    • $10.15
  • Mother Rucker’s Subs (Carver/Langston near H St NE)
    • M-Sat 10:30a-6p, closed Sun.
    • Pickup (call)
    • Delivery (DoorDash, GrubHub, UberEats)
    • Mother-load (get it Mother’s Way)
    • $8.75 (regular), $11 (12″)
  • Sorrelina (Dupont)
    • 8:30a-5p daily.
    • Pickup (online/Chownow)
    • Delivery (UberEats, Grubhub)
    • #5 Lynn
    • $12.10
    • Lots of other popular sandwich options
  • Subbs by Carl (Woodridge in NE)
    • M-Sat 9a-4;55p, closed Sun
    • Pickup (call (202) 529-6225 or walk-in)
    • Genoa Salami (#1)
    • $7.70
  • Bozelli’s (Downtown, coming to Georgetown, couple in the suburbs)
    • M-W 10a-8p, Th-F 10a-9p, Sat 11a-4p, closed Sun.
    • Metro Italian
    • $9.90

Other notable in suburbs:

Twinbrook Deli (Rockville), Cornucopia (Bethesda, MD), Gemelli’s Italian Market (Gaithersburg), New York Italian Deli (Brandywine, MD), Pasta Plus (Laurel, MD), Seminary Beer Wine & Deli (Silver Spring, MD) The Italian Place (Old Town Alexandria, VA)


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