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La Grotta Del Formaggio

1791 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N4A4
Tel: (604) 255-3911
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 9AM - 6PM, Fri: 9AM - 7PM, Sat: 9AM - 6PM, Sun: 10AM - 5:30PM
  • A small Italian Deli that sells a variety of cured meats and cheeses. But the best of all is their Sandwich Bar! They have variety of breads with your choice of filling.

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One of the best Sandwiches I have ever had.
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Read some reviews on this place..walked by many times without realizing it was more than a cheese shop. Sadly,I wish I had entrered these premises long ago. I encountered a young lady behind the counter "Adeana" {Probably misspelled}.. was very polite,friendly and told of all the veggies I could add to the sandwich I chose,artichokes, grilled peppers,eggplant,tomatoes,and a few other choices.I had the turkey and hot cappicolla sandwich..which she suggested I try grilled. "The sandwich".. It was Soooo tastey!!I had provolone cheese as well as edam inside it..Very polite helpfull staff here.The other two ladies behind the counter were quite pleasant as well.Sadly...no place to sit in this Italian deli.. I enjoyed my sandwich thouroughly when I returned to work that day. Looking forward to returning here!

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Incredible sandwiches!
By Azusa of Burnaby (38 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Hanging around the Drive, I decided to have lunch and remembered this spot.

Food: Sandwiches, sandwiches and sandwiches. Sure, they have some other deli items and delis but, for a quick bite, sandwich is the keyword. You choose the bread, dressing (oil, mayo, mustard, et al), veggies, meat and cheese. Unlike a previous reviewer, I requested gouda (not in their cheese list) and they were happy to accomodate me. Was I lucky? Finally, you can have it "as is" or grilled. And for ~$7.00, I had a half-focaccia sandwich with a lot of veggies and deli meat.

As for service and ambiance, this is not a sit-down restaurant; as mentioned above, it is a deli. As a result, I didn't have any expectations for those two.

Overall, if you are in the area, definitely drop by. I am certain I will do that. And, as another reviewed mentioned, grab some cheese, as well!

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sandwiches and cheese please, loving it
By michellevv of Toronto ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 9:22am [Dine in]

We've been coming here for fennel crackers for a few years and the occassional chunk of cheese. We tried the sandwich today -- a nice big focaccia with capicollo, grilled as it should be. Not even remotely disappointed. This is a great sandwich! Not the cheapest in town at $9.50 for the large but it was worth it. As others have said before me, this is a must-try. And grab some cheese while you're there; it's cheap.

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Concerned about age of food
By chipper of Surrey (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 3, 2010 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

Sandwiches, LOVE THEM. ambiance is nice (a bit crowded, so many customers). I bought a mustard product and some olives and oils and didn't notice til later the mustard was out of date by over 1 year. I went back and had no problem getting them to replace it.

I also bought some of their other foods and later noticed they were also past date and some had not expiry date visible. I was a bit concerned has anyone else had issues with out of date product from this store?

Their Sandwiches are fantastic and perhaps the best on the drive but I do worry they are not rotating their stock or ordering too much to sell before it goes beyond expiry.

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So much value
By yum20 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

This place is great. At first I was skeptical to paying about $15 for a sandwich but I soon learned that it's a small price to pay for quality. I even mentioned that "I could get the same thing at Subway for much less." Boy was I wrong. The girls that work there are pretty funny. They overheard me talking to my boyfriend saying that and it's VERY frowned upon to even mention Subway to them before they're offended. Anyway at first it seems very difficult to order a sandwich, there's so many options but not really any direction. The girls walk you through it completely.
The first thing you need to do is select what bread you want- (We got a whole foccacia, perfect for two starving adults.) Then they ask you every single question: They start with condiments, then cheese, (They have endless selections- we chose the Dill Havarti, which is soft and creamy and they also had other Havarti options such as Regular and Garlic! YUM!) The girl also said they have other Havarti options available but they only have a certain variety available for sandwiches each day-usually 5 options on a normal day. Then you get to choose your veggies which are very expensive if you were to buy them separately at any other store. You can choose as many veggies as you like and even ask for extra of your favorite for no extra charge! They are so generous with toppings that I wouldn't suggest asking for more even if it is your favorite. Then the last thing they put on is your meat and very lastly they ask you if you want it grilled. YES YES and YES! "If you're going to eat it within 30minutes get that baby grilled! It tastes amazing! It melts the cheese and heats up the meat to create the ultimate panini" (Quoted from the young lady that helped us)

While your sandwich is on the grill you can walk around and they either yell out your name or the sandwich that you ordered so you can run up and grab it from them. (They also cut every sandwich into appropriate pieces)The back of the store has a wide array of Italian drinks and regular Americanized drinks including Brio, and Boylans. And a wall dedicated to olive oils.

The second I unwrapped the sandwich my mouth filled with saliva.
As I ate the sandwich the flavors danced on my pallet and sang harmoniously! I couldn't believe how good it tasted and the girl that helped us was completely right grilling it gave it the perfect touch! My boyfriend and I were so satisfied and happy with this experience we even went back and gave her a tip!

The store itself is very narrow and on a beautiful day it is PACKED! The ladies try to work very quickly when it's that packed to maintain flow so don't think they're trying to be rude when they ask you questions at a quick pace. So be patient because this place is especially popular on a sunny day when people want sandwiches for a picnic, on the beach, and even a quick snack while taking in the beauty of The Drive.

Fantastic place, great people, and remarkably amazing sandwiches.
Go judge for yourself and when you walk in take a look at the funky ceiling, which kids find "COOL!"

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Very, very good sandwiches!
By richtammy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I was craving a good sandwich and remembered hearing about this place a few days ago, so I thought I'd try it out. And am I ever glad that I did! I went in not really having any sort of preference of what I wanted in my sandwich so I told the girl there to surprise me with something that has meat.

As I waited I was offered some cheese slices to snack on and before I knew it, the sandwich was all done. For less than $9 (with taxes) I got a 4 pound, half foccocia sandwich stuffed full of turkey deli meat, cheeses and veggies of all kinds and a $2 cane cola.

I will definitely be back here very soon since I want to try some of the other things they have to offer as well.

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Insane!
By kibbylover of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I have been coming here for a while now, and every time I finish the sandwich I can't believe how freaakin good it is! If you haven't been you must go! But, it's not for people who want the regular "Subway" toppings; it has options like roasted peppers, grilled artichokes, delicious cheeses... mmmm. Seriously check it out.

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The food is tasty but is it worth the time and cost?
By kitchennightmares of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2012 - 1:04am [Dine in]

I've only been here once but I have relied on Bosa and deli's on Commercial Drive for many years to fulfill my craving for European meats and cheeses. The sandwich I got was delicious but unlike other reviewers I don't think that the value is that great given that you could buy just buy the ingredients and make the sandwich yourself for much less. There was also a 10 minute line-up and only a couple of tables outside (on the sidewalk) so I'm not sure that I'll eat there again.

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wowww
By cook_n_eat of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

If I could rate the food 4.5 then I would. Their panini was so yummy that I think I would finish the whole focaccia if I'm not on a diet. It's just a sandwich, but it does not taste like a usual sandwich. The combination of sauces blends well. Their homemade sauce is unique but very tasty. I had the turkey sandwich with provolone cheese and some veggies and sauces. It sounds so so because I had no idea which combination would be good. But then it turned out to be really good. My sandwich was generously stuffed with a high pile of turkey breasts and it only came to 6.50 o 7.50 I can't remember clearly. I must come back someday to have another sandwich.

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My favourite deli
By mealsgrrl of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

I agree with everyone else. Why do I even need to bother with this post? Because I want to talk about the fact that in their pasta selection, they have spelt pasta and other Low Gluten options. Also, they are locally, family owned and operated- one of the few ancient Italian shops left in 'little Italy'. This place makes me wish I knew how to speak Italian.

There are actually two tables there- on the sidewalk. Most of the time there are already people sitting there. If it's sunny, I'd say walk over to Grandview park to enjoy your sandwich on the grass.

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Best paninis anywhere!
By hoisin of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

An Italian guy recommended the sandwiches to me and boy was he right in saying they were tasty! So you get your choice of a roll or focaccia, choice of meat and cheese, and then you can add whatever toppings you want: eggplant, mushrooms, grilled peppers, then they top it off with olive oil and vinegar, press it, and presto! You have the best sandwich you'll ever taste! As other people have said, there's no seating area so get it to go. Mmmm.... just thinking about it makes my mouth water.

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Ditto, ditto, ditto - love the sandwiches, but no room to eat 'in'
By pachowhi of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 24, 2007 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Reviewers on dinehere are usually pretty consistent with one another when it comes to any particular restaurant - I would pay attention when so many people say the same thing.

This place IS great for sandwiches - esp. paninis. I love the grilled veggies and I won't say more b/c it's all been said. Grad a sandwich & grad cheese, but grab it to go, b/c it's not really set up for alot of eating in. The line ups can also get a bit long here and the service is just okay - getting a sandwich can take awhile.

This is not SUBWAY or Quiznos, this is SOOOOOOO, so, SO, much BETTER!

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Great sandwiches & cheese!
By foodmonkey of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

We've been coming here for fennel crackers for a few years and the occassional chunk of cheese. We tried the sandwich today -- a nice big focaccia with capicollo, grilled as it should be. Not even remotely disappointed. This is a great sandwich! Not the cheapest in town at $9.50 for the large but it was worth it. As others have said before me, this is a must-try. And grab some cheese while you're there; it's cheap.

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Very rude service, don't bother.
By Chris71 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

The older guy at the counter yaks a block of cheese out of the hand of my 4-year-old, the kid just wants to ask me what kind of cheese it is. Very rude services.

For better deli meat and cheeses, go 2 blocks north to Santa Barbara where prices are 30% cheaper (For example De Cecco spaghetti they are selling 2.49, Santa Barbara is 2 bucks) and they won't treat kids as sub-human.

Over-priceed stuff and bad services, my mistake for not walking 2 more blocks to another store.

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