Meatball sandwich
A meatball sandwich with melted cheese
Meatball submarine sandwich associated with Italian-American cuisine
Place of originUnited States
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsMeatballs, bread
VariationsTomato or marinara sauce

The meatball sandwich is a common sandwich that is a part of several cuisines, including Italian-American cuisine and American cuisine.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


The sandwich primarily consists of meatballs, a tomato sauce or marinara sauce, and bread, such as Italian bread, baguette and bread rolls.[5][6] Cheese such as provolone and mozzarella is sometimes used as an ingredient.[7][6] Additional ingredients can include garlic, green pepper and butter, among others.[6] It is sometimes prepared in the form of a submarine sandwich.[8]


It has been suggested that the meatball sandwich was invented in the United States around the time of the turn of the 20th century.[6]


See also


  1. ^ Food Management. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publications. 1974. p. 178. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  2. ^ Merullo, R. (2009). The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como. Touchstone. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-4165-6399-0. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  3. ^ Adweek's Marketing Week. A/S/M Communications. 1989. p. 30. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Restaurant Management (in French). Electrical Information Publications. 1987. p. 542. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Naylor, Tony (October 1, 2016). "How to eat: meatballs". The Guardian. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e Stern, J.; Stern, M. (2003). The Harry Caray's Restaurant Cookbook: The Official Home Plate of the Chicago Cubs. Thomas Nelson. p. 54. ISBN 978-1-4185-6826-9. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Food - The Five Best Meatball Sandwiches in Worcester". GoLocalWorcester. December 18, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Woodruff, S. (1996). Secrets of Fat-Free Italian Cooking: Over 130 Low-Fat and Fat-Free, Traditional and Contemporary Recipes - From Antipasto to Ziti. Secrets of Fat-Free Cooking Series. Avery Publishing Group. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-89529-748-8. Retrieved August 11, 2017.