Friday, December 17, 2010
Pietro's Italian Restaurant
I am by no means an authority on meatballs, either by themselves or in sandwich form. There are scores of different foods about which I know more. But I know how I like my meatball sandwiches: soft bread with a slightly crispy crust, plenty of meatballs, a decent (but not ridiculous) amount of cheese and a ridiculous (not just decent) amount of sauce.
The best I've ever had was at a shop in Philadelphia, the name and location of which are lost to me forever, I'm afraid. One of many reasons I no longer mix beer and whiskey.
I'd never been to Pietro's, up on the corner of Lake and Mountain, although I know a couple people who like the place. The other day someone suggested to me that we get sandwiches at Pietro's. I had no better ideas so I shrugged and said "Sure."
It was busy. The picture above looks like there was nobody there and indeed there was nobody eating there, but the whole time I was waiting for my meatball sandwich - perhaps fifteen minutes - there was either someone in line waiting to order food, someone picking up food, or someone on the phone ordering food. When I got my sandwich it was very hot, even wrapped in foil and paper. A few minutes later I unwrapped it.
Would I go back to Pietro's? Sure. Pietro's is definitely preferable to the nearby McDonald's/Burger King/KFC/Carl's Jr. options. But there are a plethora of other non-chain places within two blocks: La Chona, Slaw Dogs, Tonny's... to say nothing of the phenomenal Roma Italian Deli immediately next door.
So I would return to Pietro's and try a hoagie. But I will continue looking elsewhere for a meatball sandwich in Pasadena that I truly love.
Posted by JustinM at 10:55 AM