BOZZELLI’S ITALIAN DELI

Address: 8091-A Alban Road, Springfield, VA 22150

When I was growing up, one of the things that my family used to order out from time to time was fresh deli subs from Jersey Mike’s. My favorite was certainly the Club Supreme: roast beef, turkey, bacon, and mayo, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. The subs were so packed with deli meat you could hardly open your mouth tall enough to take a bite! It’s those memories that now make me always keep an eye out for places that offer fresh deli subs.

That is primarily how Bozzelli’s cropped up on my radar of places to try. I was in search of another sub shop in the area to try when I came across the menu of Bozzelli’s. It had garnered very positive reviews from others and the menu items sounded pretty awesome. It’s conveniently located right around the corner from the Costco that I frequent, so I headed on over to Bozzelli’s for lunch before making my Costco run.

The restaurant itself is set up in a strip mall occupying two units from the look of it. It’s a pretty smart layout: one unit is dedicated for entrance and ordering / waiting for take-out, while the other is solely dedicated for dine-in seating. There’s a nice open area when you first walk in leading up to the ordering counter, with the menu of subs, salads, and pizzas all chalked up on boards behind it.

Although I do have a gravitation towards cold deli subs, I had heard a lot about the pepperoni, steak, and cheese hot sub that Bozzelli’s offered, which sounded real good. I opted to get it with everything on it (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, and mayo), which were my usual go-to toppings for the cold subs as well. I have to say, it certainly did not disappoint.

I really liked the hot/cold temperature contrast that was created by both the original sub items and the vegetable toppings, along with the toasted bread giving the whole thing a bit of a crunch. The sub itself was certainly moist and the steak wasn’t tough or chewy. The hot peppers tied everything together nicely by giving the sub that slightly spicy finish. It was so good that once I finished it, it was very tempting to order another….

I’m anticipating that this will become a fairly regular stop for my lunches if I ever need to head out to Costco, given their relative proximity to each other. I was impressed by one of their hot subs this time, so next time I’ll go in to try one of their cold subs. I’m already looking forward to the next visit.

Here are my rankings for Bozzelli’s:

Food: 5 / 5
The pepperoni, steak, and cheese sub was fantastic, and their other subs sound great, too. Bonus in my book that they use Boar’s Head deli here.

Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
There are cool decorations everywhere, in both the dining room and the take-out area, some of which feature pictures depicting the history of the deli. You can definitely tell the place has a real casual vibe.

Service: 4.5 / 5
You place your order at the counter and then wait for your number to be called up to pick up the food. It didn’t take any more than five minutes for them to have my food ready; the sub was piping hot when I unwrapped it.

Price: 4.25 / 5
While you’re not going to find a $5 footlong sub here, I think that the quality of the ingredients that they use makes it worth the extra you pay.

Overall: 18.25 / 20 (91%)

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