Update: It’s Been Decided. The GMG Gloucester’s Best Italian Sub Challenge Judging Has Just Commenced- Results Coming

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So I’ve got an idea for a challenge.

Top four nominations for best Gloucester Italian Sub as submitted in the comments on this post.

To submit a nomination you click the title of this post and then under the post where it says “Leave a comment”, click that and write the name of the sub joint who you consider makes the best Italian Sub in Gloucester.

Nomination period runs through Friday at 8PM.

Once we tally up the top four sub shops according to your nominations, 4 GMG contributors independently and at the same time order the exact same subs to go from the nominated sub shops.  We pick them up and bring them back to the dock.

Then we place them on the digital scale for the Weigh In.  We will divide the weight into the price and come up with the best value weight wise. Then we cut it in half and then in quarters to look at the cross section for the equal distribution of meat.  If a place loads up the sub in the middle and leaves the ends empty they will be exposed.

Then we each take a quarter of the sub and grade based on taste.

We will present the findings in a post to the readership.

I’m pumped for this challenge!

So start sending in your nominations now in the comment section of this post (again if you don’t see words that say leave a comment directly below this post then click on the title of the post and you should see where you can submit a nomination)

Also please share the link through Facebook or twitter using the buttons below the post to get the most nominations as possible.


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109 Responses to Update: It’s Been Decided. The GMG Gloucester’s Best Italian Sub Challenge Judging Has Just Commenced- Results Coming

  1. schooner39 says:

    Virgilio’s West Ender

  2. John says:


  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Magnolia House of Pizza’s

  5. Paula O'Brien says:


  6. Liz says:


  7. Anonymous says:


  8. Phil says:


  9. Bethany says:


  10. Rich B says:

    Yellow Sub Shop

  11. Sista Felicia says:

    Sclafani’s Italian !

  12. brenda says:


  13. Anonymous says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  14. Rebecca says:

    Virgilio’s St. Joe

  15. Sclafani’s hands down

  16. Toby Pett says:


  17. Vickie & Peter says:

    I don’t want to spoil the party, but here’s a shot of what I think of as an Italian sub.
    I grew up in NY, where they cut the bread in half and and make the sub like a sandwich. They use shredded lettuce and flat pickles (if they add any pickles at all). The whole thing is easier to eat. Somehow this just makes more sense to me. — Peter

    • Peter, if you ate it in NY, it must have been a “Hero”…same as a Sub but IT’S in NY!
      My vote is Destino’s with their “Hot Peppers”

      • Joey C says:

        The sub’s are going to be ordered with uniform specs. You’ll be put down for Destinos.

      • Vickie & Peter says:

        So if I get a “hero” in Brooklyn and start driving to Gloucester (takes about 5 hrs), does it magically become a “sub” on 84 when I cross into MA (assuming I haven’t eaten the whole thing by then)?

        • That is correct according to the National Grinder-Hoagie Rule Book Section 1.4
          - Sub originated in Scollay Sq, Boston Mass at the beginning of World War I.

      • Hamilton says:

        Well, where I came from in New Yawk, Da Bronx, the sandwich was never a hero, or a sub, rather a “wedge”.

  18. Anonymous says:


  19. Anonymous says:


  20. Anthony Marks says:

    Yellow Sub

  21. Kathy D. says:


  22. Chris DeWolfe says:

    Due to incorrect spelling posideons will not be accepted, try Poseidons and it will be accepted.

  23. Jackie Lovasco says:

    Virgilios- It starts with the Bread !

  24. Peter R says:


  25. Joey C says:

    Shaping Up To Be a Battle For Fourth To Squeeze Into The Competition.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Sclafani’s will win because…
    They have the high quality imported deli meats and cheeses. They don’t skimp and use the cheap plastic textured cold cuts.

    They have the best bang for your buck. And in my experience, if they happen to run out of rolls they will slice a whole loaf of bread in half and make you a jaw dropping size samwich that you can’t even finish.

    As far as the bread goes, it’s a matter of preference. But, since this is an Italian sub contest, Sclafani’s and Virgilio’s, or anybody that uses their rolls,would have to be favorites. Those generic rolls are good, but not as good as a fresh baked Italian roll. mmm…God we’re spoiled in Gloucester.

    “Me chi samiou dute mute? Viva San Pietro!”
    Translation – “Shout it louder, are we all mute? Long live St. Peter!”

    Side note – If it wasn’t for our fishing history, would we even have these Italian bakeries?

  27. Chris DeWolfe says:


  28. BaitBucket says:

    Sclafani’s for the Italian
    (Virgilio’s for everything else)

  29. Ellen says:

    Sclafani’s without a doubt!

  30. john says:

    the last stop when lauren ran it made an awesome italian sandwich. irrelevant but i still wanted to say it.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Virgilio’s, hands down!

  32. Deb Mc says:

    I’m a Virgilos St. Joseph fan, but did notice noticer ecently Cafe Bishco with a sign claiming to have the best Italian sub. Have not tried myself, but seems to me they’re is a challenge there.

  33. swimdad says:



  34. Marlan says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  35. Leah says:

    Jeff’s Variety and Deli

  36. Scott B says:

    For the record. Joe. The. St Joe @ Virgilio’s is their Italian sandwich

    • Joey C says:

      We must order each sub exactly the same way.
      We will be ordering Large Italian subs with everything on it.

      Each person placing the order the same exact way.
      A Saint Joseph’s sandwich on their round rolls are not subs, they are sandwiches. They do make and sell large sub rolls at Virgilios. If Virgilios is one of the four finalists when we place the orders at the same time the order will will be placed for “A large Italian Sub with everything on it” so it is an even comparison with the other three finalists after the nomination process.

      • Anonymous says:

        Does large Italian sub with everything mean lettuces, tomato, onion, pickles, red hot crushed peppers oil and seasoning? If Virgilios puts on roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and olive salad they clearly will win the best tasting and value weight wise categories.

        • Joey C says:

          Large Italian with everything as in “I’m ordering this for someone else, however you do a large a Italian sub with everything on it” Large Italian sub with everything.

          In other words if that’s the way they normally make a large Italian sub with everything on it then that’s it. If we go in a week later and get a sub that’s way skimpier because they got wind of the challenge and made it not representative of their true size sub then we will TOTALLY CALL THEM OUT ON IT!

  37. Scott B says:


  38. Charlene says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  39. Anonymous says:

    Jeff’s Variety & Deli on Eastern Ave

  40. Anonymous says:


  41. Renee says:

    Sclafani’s, no doubt! Fresh Italian yumminess. If you order a large, you have lunch and dinner. Or you could share, and we all know sharing is caring.

  42. Todd Tierney says:

    While i love the St. Joseph’s from Virgilio’s, from listening to other comments it may not be considered correctly. So, I want to nominate the my favorite Italian sub from Mike’s on Railroad Ave.

  43. Kellie Rich says:


  44. Beth says:

    Sclafani’s hands down, best deli meat and cheeses and BEST bread!!

  45. Anonymous says:


  46. Adam Bolonsky says:

    Destino’s because you can load up with free salad most days and free chowder on Fridays.

  47. Ryan Pinkham says:

    Captain Hooks Babaayyy

  48. Anonymous says:

    Sclafani’s. Inexpensive and can easily split a large between 2.

  49. Carol says:


  50. Anonymous says:

    Virgilio’s Bakery!!

  51. boslaw says:

    I’m with Vicki and Peter. Look at the picture they posted, compared to that sloppy mess up top. Hands down, any “sub” in Glou pales in comparison to a sub from NJ/NY. If I have to pick from Glou, Virgilio’s is it.

  52. Poseidons. Never had their Italian but if their steak bomb is any indicator …

    ps. I can loan a digital scale that will weigh a large Italian sub to the 1/100th of a gram.

  53. Maggie says:

    Captain Hooks

  54. chrisdewolfe says:

    Ive had enough, I’m freaking hungry now!!!

  55. the coastal kid says:

    WILD CARD – surfside subs at long beach dairy maid. Baking their own bread there now.

  56. Jeff says:

    Jeff’s Variety and Deli

  57. Debbie says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  58. Dave says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  59. Nick says:

    Jeff’s Variety and deli

  60. Annette says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  61. Barb says:

    Jeff’s variety

  62. Amby says:

    Jeff’s Variety by far

  63. Kathleen Hunt says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  64. Kevin hunt says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  65. Patrick Hunt says:

    Jeff’s variety

  66. Taylor Hunt says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  67. Lee says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  68. Brieana Saunders Militello says:


  69. Anonymous says:

    I do believe that Jeff’s Variety uses Virgilios sub rolls. They could be a contender.

  70. Wes Thibodeau says:

    Sclafani’s hands down!

  71. Paula O'Brien says:


  72. Anonymous says:

    JEFF’S VARIETY and DELI of course. B. Tarr

  73. Melissa says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  74. Bill Burr says:

    Was Destino’s fan from the day it opened until somewhere around 2010 when something was changed. Now Subway is much tastier. My vote is Virgilo’s. On my next trip home will try all of your finalist.

  75. Regina says:

    Surf Side Subs. They bake their bread fresh!

  76. diane says:

    Jeffs!! Hand cut cold cuts, excellent bread and high quality. Hands dow best italian.

  77. Joe says:

    SurfSide Subs

  78. Mandy says:


  79. Anonymous says:

    Jeff’s Variety and Deli

  80. Eric says:

    Jeff’s Variety

  81. Anonymous says:

    Wasn’t voting to end at 8 p.m. tonight? How come this ended already and judging has begun?

    • Joey C says:

      To make sure that the nominated bakeries/sub shops wouldn’t stack the sub I decided to go early. The four top nominated joints were way out in front with votes and were going to be the four subs anyway.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Good idea…may the best sub win! When will winner be announced?

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