We received a smattering of suggestions for our meatball “sub” Take Three challenge. We chose two places in Kenosha and one in Milwaukee. Not one of those places referred to this meatball, cheese and bread treat as a “sub”. In Milwaukee it was a sandwich and in Kenosha, it’s a bomber. We got one good sandwich and two great sandwiches (or bombers). By the way, the meatballs were perfect at all three places; it came down to the bread and the sauce.
Coming in at No. 3: Frankie D’s Vino & Pizzeria, 6316 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI
This attractive strip-mall bar restaurant hasn’t been around as long as the other two places we visited and had the makings of a great happy hour stop. There are a few tables and a bar with a menu that focuses on Italian food.
The meatball “bomber” is reasonably priced at $5.95, with an extra $2.00 for the mojo potatoes. According to Thrillist, if you call a sandwich as “bomber” you are supposed to be from Buffalo, New York. https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/names-for-sub-sandwiches-around-america. Kenosha people: do you use the word “bomber: for all subs? Now I am curious.
We had no problem whatsoever with the meatballs; perfectly flavored, and a nice even consistency. Make no mistake, this was a good sandwich, the bread was fresh and nicely toasted and the cheese was an appropriate amount. The issues were that the bread to meatball ratio was a little too tilted toward the bread side. Also, the sauce, while fresh tasting, didn’t have that umami, meaty taste.
Coming in at No. 2: Glorioso’s Italian Market, 1011 E. Brady Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
LOVE this place. Its a store, deli, bakery, and restaurant in a beautiful location on the East Side of Milwaukee. (Can you put one on the South Side, pretty please?) The deli in the back has a full Italian menu that goes beyond typical deli items and there is seating inside as well as outside.
As you may notice, the meatball sandwich is the DEAL OF THE CENTURY. A two-meatball sandwich with cheese is $3.95 and a four meatball sandwich is $6.75. You save money by eating out with these prices!
On to the sandwich. The meatballs were wonderful, the sauce was great, the bread, although untoasted, had a great sesame seed flavor that complimented the meatballs.
Despite this unctuous sandwich, my mind kept wandering… I couldn’t stop thinking about that sandwich from a few nights ago in Kenosha…..
Coming in at No 1 – Luigi’s Pizza, 7531 39th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin. (No website, here is the Google page https://plus.google.com/112051084625920648061/posts
We were first timers to Luigi’s and we get it. Nothing fancy here. No remodeled, shiny restaurant. But if you want a meatball sandwich, excuse me, bomber, to dream about days later, here ya go.
The menu says that Luigi’s has been operated by the same family since 1963 and that everything is made from scratch everyday. You could taste that in the meatballs and sauce.
The bomber wasn’t cheap at $8.50 with cheese, but it could easily feed two people, so the value was there.
Those meatballs, that sauce, the toasted bread. It was perfection. I really think the umami-meaty flavor meatless sauce took this to the top. We found the perfect meatball
sandwich bomber. Thanks, our job here is done.