Thank You IMGoph for Reminding Nichole of Mangialardo’s


In the comments on my post about Taylor Gourmet a couple of weeks ago, IMGoph pointed out that I had been remiss in mentioning Margialardo’s on the Hill (14th and PA Ave SE) when I discussed the remarkably few places around town to get a decent sandwich. Mangialardo’s keeps old timey bankers’ hours (7:30am-3pm, M-F) so unless you’re working in the neighborhood, you are going to miss out. Since I only live on the Hill, it’d been years since I had the opportunity to stop in, but my current unemployed state allowed me to stop in last week.

I got there post lunch-rush (around 2pm) and got a G-Man for myself and a Big G for my sandwich loving friend. There was only one other couple in front of me, so I put my order in and waited about 10 minutes for my sandwich. The goods were cheap – I think $15ish for both sandwiches and a soda. Much to my friend’s glee, they put will gladly put mayo on your sub (Taylor doesn’t even keep the stuff in the store). This is a sandwich more in the A. Litteri style than the Taylor style, and while it was good, and certainly filling, we both ended the meal with an “eh.” It wasn’t bad – at all. It was certainly good. But Litteri’s is better. And Taylor is different – also good. But in the quest for a decent sandwich in DC, you can do better than Mangialardo’s. If the city had better outposts for procuring a great sandwich, I don’t think Mangialardo’s would warrant much of a mention (in fairness, the same might be said for Litteri’s) but here, it’s far, far above average and definitely worth checking out if you can make it over to the Hill before 3pm on a weekday.


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  • The only that sucks about this place is the hours. Whenever I’m in the area, I make it a point to stop in and get something. Some of the best food in the food.

  • Great post Nichole….luckily working on the Hill allows me to make it to this gem every so often. These are hands down the BEST sandwiches in the District. I’m a sucker for the classic meatball, but their cold cut sandwiches are fantastic as well.

    Oh, and there is a girl who works there is an adorable girl who works behind the counter there….always makes me smile 🙂

  • One of my best friend’s parents were Italian immigrants to this country. Every few months, my friend takes her father to that store to get Italian groceries, such as cheese and other things. She says it’s the best.

  • Groceries? Really? Are you sure you’re not thinking of Litteri’s? Because I saw very little in the way of groceries when I was in the other week. Grocery-wise, Litteri’s definitely has Mangialardo’s beat.

  • Nichole, you may well be right. I knew it was an old fashioned italian place on or near Capitol Hill. Thought this was the one.

  • Yeah, that’s probably Litteri’s. I wrote about it here:

    We have a million Italian markets where I’m from (Pittsburgh) and Litteri’s is the only thing that comes close. (By which I mean it’s “fine.” Not great and my Italian relatives wouldn’t think much of it, but for DC, it’s off the scale awesome.) Now, if I could just fine a decent Hungarian grocery to please the rest of (and the majority) of my family, we’d be all set. Sure that little Russian place off of Slater’s Lane in Alexandria is okay for Vegeta and decent sour cherries, but it doesn’t satisfy my Magyar needs.

  • I think you’re wrong here — Mangialardo’s makes some kick ass sandwiches, the service is great, and the price is low.

  • How is the pizza?

  • kinda surprised monkey hasn’t jumped in to comment here.

    happy to have inspired this post for ya!

  • Litteri’s and Mangialardo’s both make some excellent sandwiches. I prefer the latter only because I’ve been going here since I was a kid and the Super G Man is enough sandwich to smother a nun. Why people go to the Subway around the corner is beyond me.

    There’s a great interview with Joe Mangialardo where he talks about growing up on Capitol Hill, weathering the riots, how the “G Man” got its name, and why he stopped making fresh sausage.

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