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Viola's famous subs are worth the trip to Niagara Falls

Viola's famous subs are worth the trip to Niagara Falls

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The first time I had tasted one of Viola’s famous subs was at the summer's Galbani Italian Heritage Festival. Since then, I have already visited its brick-and-mortar location in Niagara Falls for more of Viola's delicious sandwiches loaded with tangy dressing, mild cheese and thinly sliced steak.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is extremely casual. Bold red walls are lined with hot sauce wallpaper. Bright yellow booths are for customers who want to dine in. It’s a cash-only establishment, but there is an ATM on site. Place your order at the counter with the friendly staff  and you'll get a shout when it’s ready to grab and go.

I’ve been told countless times from locals that Viola's is famous for its signature steak and cheese subs ($5.75-$8.50) and it is one you absolutely have to try.

I ordered it with the works with extras like peppers (hot, sweet or slightly sour banana peppers), mushrooms, crispy fried onions and green olives (50 cents to 75 cents) that add spicy and salty flavors to the savory sub. Gooey cheese comes melted on top and you can add a drizzle of flavorful, tangy sub oil.

Meatball subs ($5.50-$8.50) are made with tender meatballs that have a little crisp on the outside with juicy meat on the inside. The fresh meats and herbs really pop and the acidic hot tomato sauce melts the creamy cheese.

You can even be a kid again with old-school subs like bologna ($5.50-$8) or mortadella ($5.50-$8) which is similar to bologna, but with a smoother flavor and slices of pistachios and black pepper pressed into the thin slices of meat.

Another home run is the stinger sub made with the shaved steak, juicy spicy chicken fingers and creamy cheese ($6.25-$11). The flavorful hot sauce adds a ton a flavor to this protein-packed sub that is loaded with meat.

The chicken cordon bleu ($6.25-9.75) combines juicy baked chicken, with melted Swiss, and grilled ham to mimic the popular dish. The sweetness of the ham mixed with the strong Swiss brings a lot of flavor to the chicken sub.

If you’re not into anything to fancy, Viola's has classics like turkey ($5.75-$8.50), ham ($5.50-$8) and salami ($5.50-$8) that taste awesome with crisp onions, tomato, lettuce, their signature sub oil, and rich mayo.

For a quick and delicious meal to fill you up in the morning, try one of Viola's breakfast subs including the steak and egg ($7.25-$11) and the pepperoni and egg sub ($6.25-$9.75). Fluffy eggs mixed with veggies, spicy pepperoni, or tender, thinly sliced steak is savory, tasty and very filling.

Skip the fast food sub chains and support Viola's, a local business slinging out high-quality subs loaded with fresh ingredients.

CHEAP EATS

Viola's Submarine House

1539 Military Road, Niagara Falls (297-3550)

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Price range: $5.75-$13.50

Wheelchair-access: Yes, no stairs.

Parking: Yes

Gluten-free options: No

The Buffalo News: Food & Drink

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