Chicago’s Best Meatball Sandwich

December 8, 2010 7:50 AM

Best Meatball Sandwich

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Meatball mania! Warm Italian bread, meatballs, melted cheese, and marinara sauce are the makings of a classic meatball sandwich. Hungry yet? We’ve made a list of some of the best meatball sandwiches in Chicago.

We know you have more favorites out there. Tell us where to find your go-to meatball below.

Panozzo’s Italian Market

1303 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
(312) 356-9966

Meatballs at Panozzo’s are large and in charge! This generous sandwich is served fresh and hot for only $6.50. Made with homemade sausage meatballs, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and pickled banana peppers, you won’t go hungry after eating this mega sandwich.


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Costellos Sandwiches

4647 North Lincoln
Chicago, IL
(773) 989-7788

2015 West Roscoe, Chicago
Chicago, IL
(773) 929-2323

Costellos Sandwiches is your spot for a classic meatball sub. Their traditional recipe includes, meatballs covered with rich marinara sauce and provolone cheese, baked on an Italian sub roll. Meatballs aside, I would also recommend an order of their chipotle mac ‘n’ cheese. Though not a traditional side for a meatball sandwich, you won’t be disappointed.


252 W. 26th Street
Chicago, IL
(312) 225-5555

5160 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL
(773) 284-2400

Known as the home of breaded steaks, Ricobene’s meatball sandwich is second to none. Traditional meatballs, marinara sauce, and cheese make up this South Side staple. Order yours online at (only available at the 26th Street location). For you suburbanites, visit their other two locations in Bolingbrook and Orland Hills.


1120 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 666-0730

Bari has meatballs for every occasion. Made from a family recipe, this classic meatball sandwich comes in 9″, 12″ for lunch/dinner and a 3′ size for catering. Priced at $4.50-$6.00, Bari’s is a lot of meatball for your buck.

Gio’s Cafe & Deli

2724 S Lowe Ave
Chicago, IL
(312) 225-6368

Hello delicious! Classic, hot, and homemade are the three words to describe the meatball sandwich at Gio’s. With a sandwich priced at only $4.95, you’ll have more left in your wallet to add an appetizer. Their wide variety of menu options, will give you plenty to choose from.

Philly’s Best

907 W. Belmont

815 Emerson

769 W. Jackson

Philly’s Best Express
2436 N. Milwaukee

Philly’s Best may be the home of the Philly Cheese Steak, but don’t doubt their meatball abilities. Made with the owners signature style, this meatball sandwich is served on garlic bread with cheese, and grilled onions. A small meatball sandwich is priced at $4.99 and for you hungry eaters, the large is $8.49.

Have a meatball sandwich we missed? Tell us where to find it below. — Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago

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