5 Best Meatball Subs

When you think of Italian food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If meatballs swimming in flavorful marinara and accented with melted cheese is where your mind goes, then this is your list.

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1. Rocco’s Pizza & Subs
250 E. Highway 60, Republic, 417-732-5311; 105 S. Water St., Nixa, 417-725-3000; 420 S. Highway 60, Suite 1, Marionville, 417-463-2700

Cost: Varies by location
Why It’s Great: One thing we always love about a really delicious meatball sub is its simplicity. It usually has minimal ingredients, but they all come together in this perfect way that is the definition of comfort food. The meatball sub at Rocco’s Pizza & Subs fits the bill. The sandwich is toasted, making it a great marriage of crunchy bread and tender fillings. And those fillings are simply meatballs, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. It hits the spot, every time.
Side Order: If you’re at the Republic location, feel like a kid and order a root beer float along with your sandwich.

 

2. MaMa’s Style Kitchen
206 N. First St., Ozark, 417-485-3330

Cost: $5.95 for small, $8.95 for large
Why It’s Great:  We first tried the meatballs at MaMa’s Style Kitchen when we ordered a meatball stromboli. The stromboli was pretty great through and through, but what stood out were those beefy balls of goodness that dominated every bite. Translated into a sandwich, they are just as fantastic. Piled into the middle of a fresh Italian roll, they are the star of the show. They pair perfectly with a little of the restaurant’s flavorful marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Side Order: Try this sub with the thessaloniki salad, which has tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives, prosciutto and feta cheese.

 

3. On the Roll
3702 E. Seventh St., Joplin, 417-659-9700

Cost: $5
Why It’s Great: This is a customizable meatball sandwich. It’s listed on the restaurant’s “steaks” section of the menu, and you can get any of those items topped with sauce, fried onions, hot peppers or mushrooms. And we all know how well hot peppers complement Italian flavors. Yum yum!
Side Order: Add on some crispy French fries.

 

4. DiGiacinto Italian Restaurant
2259 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-882-5166

Cost: $8.50
Why It’s Great: This is the perfect sandwich for anyone who is in love with the spaghetti and meatballs at DiGiacinto. The Cheese Meatball Sub uses the same perfect balls of beef, but it packs them into a soft-inside, chewy-outside homemade Italian roll. There’s also a whole heck of a lot of melted provolone cheese, and just enough sweet marinara sauce to round out the flavor profile. It’s simple, but so delicious.
Side Order: For the perfect wintry combo, pair this with a bowl of minestrone soup.

 

5. Rosati’s Pizza
3049 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield,  417-877-2008

Cost: $6.50
Why It’s Great: The Meatball Parmigiana here is a monster of a sandwich. It is stuffed with Rosati’s homemade meatballs, plus plenty of bright and herby marinara. For cheese-lovers, there’s also a tasty portion of stretchy mozzarella cheese melted on top of this sandwich, which is baked so the bread has the perfectly crunchy consistency. Don’t forget to ask for some of the spicy giardiniera for an extra kick.
Side Order: Be sure to nab a pistachio-topped cannoli for dessert. 

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