In your initial listing of ingredients you left out pickles. …

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.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the junk food blog "Spork & Barrel," and "Brocavore," a blog about food trucks and street food culture. His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, Eat Rockland, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.