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“Wow....what a place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Grotta Del Formaggio

La Grotta Del Formaggio
1791 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Commercial Drive)
604-255-3911
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Ranked #721 of 2,940 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $4 - $8
Cuisines: Italian, Delicatessen
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Dining options: Takeout
Neighborhood: Commercial Drive
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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129 reviews
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“Wow....what a place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

La Grotta Del Formaggio is a little deli (no seating area though) to order a custom made sandwich, that easily could be both a lunch and dinner...made with the finest Italian ingredients I can ever remember seeing in the same place. The staff was friendly, purposeful and competent. They also offer a wide selection of Italian food fixin's. The sandwich though - wow - was really, really good. I can only hope to be able to eat here again on my next Vancouver trip. Nice area for walking too. Highly recommend!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver
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“Just the best sandwiches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

To be honest I don't really pay that much attention to the other food offerings but the made to order sandwiches are incredible. Most recently I had a few made up in advance for a big celebration (along with sushi, made to order catered food, etc.). Well the sandwiches from La Grotta were a big hit! We grilled them at home, cut them into wedges and served them on a platter. Magnifico.

I have to say that living on The Drive allows me to discover the best of the best in the area. This is well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Abbotsford, Canada
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“One Word; Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

When in Vancouver it is a must trip for all my Italian cooking needs and while I'm there a sandwich is a must! The owner is always friendly, going back to the World Cup when Italy won and I gave a Italia Champions Flag and got back two Italia t-shirts. Great products, great people, great owners makes a great shopping location!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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“best sandwich in vancouver”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Without a doubt, my favourite sandwich in Vancouver. We make it a stop at least once a week. La Grotta is primarily a cheese shop, it sells an incredible selection of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Italian staples. It also makes the most incredible panini sandwich. The perfect balance of meat, cheese, olives,marinated eggplant, and a generous drenching of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on foccacia bread. SO GOOD. You can sit at a small table outside, to watch all that is Commercial Drive, or sandwich in hand go for a stroll. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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West Vancouver, Canada
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“Extreme italian sandwitches, and an awesome cheese selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

As soon as you walk in you realize that you are in one of the most awesome Italian deli's ever. The cheese selection is extreme, but the real gem is just past the cheese's. It is the sandwich zone. There is a six foot long section just past the cheeses and olives shielded by glass that creates some of the best Italian sandwiches I have ever had. They have many kinds of pickled eggplant, peppers, artichoke hearts, you name it, plus the normal lettuce, tomato, onion, and a selection of cured meats, and different bread options. I like the large focaccia myself. Different cheese options include havarti, my favorite. One of the best things though is they don't skimp on the toppings. The wonderful ladies behind the glass understand what a sandwich is all about - loading it with TONS of stuff. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. I have been known to make the long trip from my place in West Van all the way Little Italy (almost an hour on the bus) just to get three of these to go and I'm set for two days of eating. In fact I'm heading over there tomorrow to get some. It's a cramped, wonderful place with excellent staff and stellar deli food.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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