Comment on Maine-Style “Italian” Sandwich by Edward Margerum.
In your initial listing of ingredients you left out pickles. The Maine Italian sandwich differs in several respects from sandwiches elsewhere. For one, Amato’s is the standard against which all other Maine Italian sandwiches are judged. I don’t know of any other state which has a recognized standard. Secondly, the Maine Italian has a lighter, more vegetable flavor than those outside Maine. Vegetables dominate with light meat and cheese overtones. It is important that the vegetable flavors be balanced, so it’s important that the slices be cut right. The dressing is lighter than many elsewhere. Oil, vinegar and water would be my guess. As noted the bread is also special. In the end, it’s a very clean flavor.