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“Ya Grotta have a Sandwich”

La Grotta Del Formaggio
Ranked #1,052 of 3,704 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: US$4 - US$8
Cuisines: Italian, Delicatessen
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
Vancouver
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Ya Grotta have a Sandwich”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

I love walking into this narrow Italian cheese shop pausing to look if they have any Venezualan Beaver cheese in the cheese counter. Unlikely, but they do have cheese and they will make you a wonderful sandwich. I always choose a round foccacia (and a whole one is a meal for two). You have a choice of meats and they are not stingy with the serving. Then a choice of about 4 mustards, 4 mayos, oil and vinegar (my choice to soak into the roll) and then all of the toppings, 4 or 5 choices of cheese, pickled egg plant, roasted peppers, spinach, onions, tomato all piled high. Do you want that grilled? Of course you do. Into the grill press it goes and in about 5 minutes your amazing sandwich is ready. The place can be busy but they are efficient. If you are splitting a whole one its around $6 or $7 each. Wish we had one in our neigbhourhood.

  • Visited August 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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“Wow....what a place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2013

La Grotta Del Formaggio is a little deli (no seating area though) to order a custom made sandwich, that easily could be both a lunch and dinner...made with the finest Italian ingredients I can ever remember seeing in the same place. The staff was friendly, purposeful and competent. They also offer a wide selection of Italian food fixin's. The sandwich though - wow - was really, really good. I can only hope to be able to eat here again on my next Vancouver trip. Nice area for walking too. Highly recommend!

  • Visited January 2013
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Vancouver
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“Just the best sandwiches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

To be honest I don't really pay that much attention to the other food offerings but the made to order sandwiches are incredible. Most recently I had a few made up in advance for a big celebration (along with sushi, made to order catered food, etc.). Well the sandwiches from La Grotta were a big hit! We grilled them at home, cut them into wedges and served them on a platter. Magnifico.

I have to say that living on The Drive allows me to discover the best of the best in the area. This is well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2012
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Abbotsford, Canada
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“One Word; Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

When in Vancouver it is a must trip for all my Italian cooking needs and while I'm there a sandwich is a must! The owner is always friendly, going back to the World Cup when Italy won and I gave a Italia Champions Flag and got back two Italia t-shirts. Great products, great people, great owners makes a great shopping location!

  • Visited March 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“best sandwich in vancouver”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Without a doubt, my favourite sandwich in Vancouver. We make it a stop at least once a week. La Grotta is primarily a cheese shop, it sells an incredible selection of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Italian staples. It also makes the most incredible panini sandwich. The perfect balance of meat, cheese, olives,marinated eggplant, and a generous drenching of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on foccacia bread. SO GOOD. You can sit at a small table outside, to watch all that is Commercial Drive, or sandwich in hand go for a stroll. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2012
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