I agree, the hot dog roll is no substitute for …

Comment on Maine-Style “Italian” Sandwich by Jessica.

I agree, the hot dog roll is no substitute for the Italian roll…and yes finding them outside of the state is extremely hard to do. However, I would suggest using the little rolls used primarily to make finger sandwich party platters… the texture and yeastyness are more akin & a lot of chain grocers have them.

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