Food Porn: DiBella’s Old Fashioned Submarines

For a long, long time now I have been told that I need to try DiBella’s.  In fact most people I’ve talked to have always made some “yum” noise immediately after I mentioned the name.  So while I had an idea of exactly what their subs were going to taste like, I still really wanted to try it out.  One weekend Alli and I found ourselves spending a good amount of our day in the Niagara Falls Boulevard area and figured it was a good time to try DiBella’s.

Walking into an empty restaurant (we got their shortly after they opened for the day) is always weird; you feel that everyone is automatically looking at you and it just always awkward.  Luckily at DiBella’s, as soon as you walk in the order counter (pictured above) is the first thing you see and I automatically noticed was how similar it was to the sub counter at Wegman’s.  In fact, nearly everything was the same as ordering a sub from Wegmans.  I remember hearing in the past that Wegman’s used DiBella’s subs rolls and after tasting a Turkey Sub I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.

My Turkey Sub (pictured above) was quite the delicious meal.  Something that I really enjoyed about DiBella’s was they had 3 different sizes of rolls.  That didn’t mean they took a uniform 1-size-fits-all roll and cut it accordingly, they actually had different rolls cooked at different sizes.  What’s the big deal you ask?  You still get two “butt” ends!  I love that part of the roll; the crispy end that seems to soak in oil and that thick crust is arguably the best part of the roll.

Alli ordered a Hot Roast Beef (not pictured) that had the claim of being supplied by Stafford, NY’s Red Osier (a restaurant highly recommend from my coworker Matt).  Served with a side of Au jus, it was something that actually is not found on a Wegman’s Sub board.  For someone who isn’t a big fan of subs in general, Alli was very impressed with the quality of the Hot Roast Beef (not overcooked, still tender), the tasty juices, and the crisp and fresh roll.  Alli adds: As someone who would never go out of my way for a sub of any kind, I would actually put their hot Roast Beef as potential lunch option when I’m at UB.

DiBella’s has now grown out of Western New York and have opened locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.  The atmosphere of a 40’s/50’s style deli is pretty neat and the prices are fairly reasonable for the quality of food you get.  However, if you have eaten a Wegman’s sub before then you’ve basically eaten a Dibella’s sub, so there won’t be anything too exciting in your meal.  The different size rolls are great and they have some different menu options then Wegman’s has so if you are in the area (on the Boulevard or near their other WNY locations near the Galleria Mall on Union or on Transit in Williamsville) and are in the mood for a filling sub, go ahead and give it at try.

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5 thoughts on “Food Porn: DiBella’s Old Fashioned Submarines

  1. Dinebuffalo.com agrees. Love it..nothing better than a turkey sub “hot” with peppers, onions, provolone on an everything bun. I have it for lunch on transit rd about 2-3 times a week.

  2. Ryan

    You forgot to mention the biggest difference between dibella’s and wegmans– dibella’s offers “everything” rolls. Really makes a good sub great…

  3. Steve

    Don,I enjoy buffaloeats – a big fan! Dibellas actually the inspiration for Wegman’s sub shop. Mr Wegman would eat at Dibellas in Rochester – many years ago. And no I wasn’t alive back then.

    • Alli Suriani

      I was trying to research the other day what the connection was between the two, thanks for the information! :)

  4. Oh, how I miss Di Bella’s

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