About 10 years ago, we were visiting friends in the Rochester, NY area. These friends happened to know how much we all loved sub sandwiches, and kept mentioning a place called DiBella's. Of course we had to visit, and that turned into a family ritual; any time we were in New York, we had to stop at DiBella's at least once. Fast forward to 2015, when we now live in the midwest, haven't been to New York in 4 years, and there are no DiBella's Old-Fashioned Submarines within 100 miles. As we were planning a trip to Indianapolis and Louisville a few weeks ago, I was checking out food options. (Sign of a real foodie, I know. I always have to know where we can eat on any trip!). Would you believe I learned there are actually 3 DiBella's locations in Indianapolis? I was, to put it mildly, ecstatic! 3 locations, and I've been to and through Indy so many times in the past few years without knowing about it! Yes, this was a highlight of our recent trip.
We visited the DiBella's at Traders Point, located at the end of a shopping plaza. We were thrilled to be eating at DiBella's, but of course there was also a little bit of, "Will it be as good as we remember? What if the food has changed?" (Let me put your mind at ease and say that it has not changed a bit). C and I decided to split the large Italian Assorted-we remembered how big these subs were, and that we always had leftovers in the past. The Italian Assorted comes with Genoa Salami and Capicola, and your choice of cheese. There are also various toppings you can add; mayo, mustard, pickles, olives, lettuce, onion, peppers, and of course DiBella's Famous Oil Dressing. Oh, and you can choose your bread as well; I personally LOVE their multigrain bread, but they also have plain, sesame, and everything. Your sub is made fresh right in front of you, and there's also a display of sides that you can add to your meal. Italian pasta salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, huge deli pickles, and potato chips. Between the 5 of us we ended up trying all the sides. And of course some of Grandma DiBella's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies with walnuts!
|Old Fashioned on Plain|
|Italian Assorted on Multigrain|
|Italian Assorted on Sesame|
|Love this Italian pasta salad!|
|I said the pickles were big!|
As you can probably tell, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at DiBella's. The employees were very friendly, made the subs exactly as we asked (when M asked for a little mayonnaise, he made sure not to just squeeze on a normal amount), and were helpful in answering our questions. During the course of our meal two different employees (one manager and one of the sub-makers) came by and asked how the food was, if we needed anything, etc. It's not your typical sub shop that gives you your food and doesn't care about anything else! So, now I know that anytime we're in Indianapolis, I can stop by this DiBella's for some great food and great service!
Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated for this review. I did receive a gift card for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.