Best Italian Sub/Hoagie in New Jersey (2016)


Depending on where you are in New Jersey, the Italian sub could be called the Hoagie, Hero, or the Sub. In New England it’s called a grinder and in Connecticut a wedge. No matter what it's called, it's a delicious combination of meats, cheeses and spices.

  • Sapore Ravioli

    Sapore Ravioli

    Domenick Discenza developed his passion for Italian flavors while growing up in the Italian town of Baranello. He brings that passion with him to Sapore Ravioli, a gourmet Italian food store and deli. The Dom, Sapore's signature sub, is piled with a mixture of hot and sweet capicola, hot and sweet soppressata, ham, pepperoni, prosciutto, house-made mozzarella and roasted red peppers.
    Photo courtesy of Sapore Ravioli

  • White House Subs

    White House Subs
    Atlantic City

    White House Subs opened for business in 1946 and has since become one of the most famous sub shops in the country. This Atlantic City institution serves a huge list of specialty subs, including the Regular Italian Submarine and the White House Special, which comes loaded with extra salami, ham, capicola and provolone.
    Photo courtesy of Krista / Flickr

  • A Touch of Italy

    A Touch of Italy

    One customer called A Touch of Italy "the best deli this side of the Hudson." The specialty sandwiches here are made with Boar's Head meats and cheeses and come in a variety of creative combinations. The most classically Italian is the Ziggy, piled with ham, capicola, salami, provolone cheese and the usual Italian sub garnishes.
    Photo courtesy of A Touch of Italy

  • Big Wally's Subs

    Big Wally's Subs

    Big Wally's Subs has over 50 specialty subs on their menu, plus the option to build your own combination. The Italian has peppered ham, capicola, salami and cheese on top, while the Big Wally throws pepperoni into the mix. Ask for it "Everything" to get your sub Italian-style with lettuce, tomato, onion, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and oregano.
    Photo courtesy of Big Wally's Subs / Facebook

  • Giovanni's Authentic Italian Deli

    Giovanni's Authentic Italian Deli

    Giovanni's Authentic Italian Deli stocks a huge selection of imported Italian meats and cheeses to go along with their menu of hot and cold subs (you can also build your own). The Imported Italian sub comes with sopressata, prosciutto, capicola and provolone cheese.
    Photo courtesy of Giovanni's Authentic Italian Deli / Facebook

  • Mike's Giant Size Submarine Sandwiches

    Mike's Giant Size Submarine Sandwiches

    Mike's Giant Size Submarine Sandwiches has been in business for more than 50 years, and as the name implies, they're famous for their generous portions. The menu boasts half a dozen Italian cold subs, allowing guests to select their ideal combination of Italian meats and cheeses.
    Photo courtesy of Mike's Giant Size Submarine Sandwiches / Facebook

  • Jersey Subs

    Jersey Subs
    New Brunswick

    Family owned and operated since 1969, Jersey Subs uses Boar’s Head and Thumann’s meats and cheeses in their sandwiches which are sliced and dressed to order for every customer. The three signature subs are the Jersey Super (ham, capicola, salami and provolone), Jersey Best (capicola, prociuttini, salami and provolone) and the Jersey Club (turkey breast, ham and provolone).
    Photo courtesy of Jersey Subs / Facebook

  • Riddle & Martin Sub Shop

    Riddle & Martin Sub Shop
    South River

    Hungry diners have their choice of 30 cold subs and half a dozen hot subs on the Riddle & Martin Sub Shop menu. Popular Italian varieties include the Super Italian (boiled ham, capicola, hard salami and cheese), the Special (cooked salami, capicola and pressed ham) and for really big appetites, the Belly Buster (ham, capicola, hard salami, pepperoni, pressed ham, bologna, American and provolone cheese).
    Photo courtesy of stu_spivack / Flickr

  • Hershey's Subs and Deli

    Hershey's Subs and Deli

    Hershey's Subs and Deli has a sub menu 35 sandwiches long, and that's in addition to a sizeable list of hot sandwiches. A fan favorite is the Super, filled with layers of prosciuttini, pressed ham, salami, capicola and cheese.
    Photo courtesy of Hershey's Subs and Deli / Facebook

  • Sorrentos Subs

    Sorrentos Subs
    West Freehold

    Open for breakfast and lunch only, Sorrentos Subs offers a menu of 17 sandwiches, including the option to build your own. Cheese, salami, boiled ham, capicola and prosciuttino come piked into The Super, Sorrentos' most meaty Italian sub.
    Photo courtesy of Sorrentos Subs / Facebook


The Italian sub made its way to New Jersey by way of southern Italian immigrants. The sandwich is housed in a baked crusty bread with pointed ends and stuffed with a variety of cured meats and cheeses. Italian laborers and dock workers loved the sandwiches as a convenient lunch, and soon delis started catering to them. Eventually this sandwich gained popularity outside of the Italian-American community.  Typically it is made with crusty bread, provolone cheese, Italian hard salami, lettuce, tomatoes, oil and vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.

10Best and Sandwich America recruited a panel of local foodies to nominate 20 of their favorite places to get an Italian sub or hoagie. For the past four weeks, readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in!

The top 10 winners in the category Best Italian Sub/Hoagie in New Jersey are as follows:

  1. Sapore Ravioli - Middlesex
  2. White House Subs - Atlantic City
  3. A Touch of Italy - Avenel
  4. Big Wally's Subs - Parlin
  5. Giovanni's Authentic Italian Deli - Vineland
  6. Mike's Giant Size Submarine Sandwiches - Keyport
  7. Jersey Subs - New Brunswick
  8. Riddle & Martin Sub Shop - South River
  9. Hershey's Subs and Deli - Westfield
  10. Sorrentos Subs - West Freehold

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jenna Intersimone (, Tammy Paolino (Eat My Words) and Deborah Smith ( were selected based on their expertise in the world of New Jersey restaurants.

Additional nominees included Carmen's Deli in Bellmawr, Croce's in Cherry Hill, Don's Famous Hoagie Shoppe in Somerville, Elsie's Sub Shop in Red Bank, Hoagie Haven in Princeton, Longfellow's Sandwich Deli in Morristown, Sandwiches Unlimited in Orange, Slater's Deli and Catering in Leonardo, Sugar Hill Sub Shop in Mays Landing and Tastee Sub Shop in Edison.

Congratulations to all our winning subs and hoagies!

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