Truth is I've actually been eating at a few different places. But with these next three venues, I haven't felt like I got a good enough grasp of the food to write a full-fledged review. These are more like initial impressions, "first looks," as we call them at We Love DC. So here's a roundup of three places I've been chowing down at recently.
Let me start out by saying that I love Sauca. I love 'em so much I could slather most of my food in their sauces (mmmm dill yogurt sauce). So I was kind of disappointed when I tried their new food truck creation, Meathead. I figured I'd go all out and get the meathead sandwich: steak, pork, chicken with cole slaw, caramelized onions, triple cheese sauce and a touch of their other three sauces. The cole slaw was really tasty (this coming from someone who usually hates cole slaw), and the flavors of the sandwich all went together for the most part. But the meat itself was kind of chewy...you know, like the shaved meat you get on gyros that's probably been cooked to the point of no return? Not a fan of chewy meat on my sandwiches. Feel free to leave some feedback about them, especially if you had a different experience.
2) The Italian Store
Yes, I'm talking about the famed Italian Store in Arlington. Before I start, I think I went into this store expecting a revolutionary experience that would change my life (man I do that too often with hyped up restaurants!). I will refrain from going all Jersey on you and barking about how the sandwiches here don't live up to the ones at home. They don't. I am like Marshall in that episode of How I Met Your Mother, where he tries to find that perfect burger he once ate. I'm like Captain Ahab searching for Moby Dick. For me, the perfect sandwich just.doesn't.exist.in.DC. And I've come to terms with this. It exists in two delis in New Jersey, and anything else for me is a cheap imitation at perfection.
So with all my personal sandwich baggage out of the way, I will say that Italian Store does make good subs. I'll ignore the fact that they use shredded lettuce. I think my hangup really is that they make Philly-style hoagies, which I'm not too keen on. There is a difference between Italian delis of Philadelphia origins and those of New Jersey origins. They lack chicken cutlet sandwiches and grilled zucchini (though maybe you could feasibly craft such a sandwich there?).
I also tried their cheese ravioli...somehow I ended up with the "lowfat cheese ravioli," because I didn't see any "regular fat" raviolis. The pasta dough itself had a good consistency and flavor, but the filling was just another average ricotta ravioli filling. Shout in the comments section if there's a different frozen pasta from the Italian Store that I should try.