I applaud your attempt to recreate the Maine regional sandwich …

Comment on Maine-Style “Italian” Sandwich by Margo M.

I applaud your attempt to recreate the Maine regional sandwich known as the “italian.” I grew up in Maine and ate local “italians” until I went to school in Portland and switched to Amato’s. I moved to Florida when I was 23 and I remember the quizzical look on the face of the gentleman at the counter of the local Italian Market when I asked him if he sold “italian” sandwiches. I had to describe what I wanted. He then made me his version of an “italian” which was absolutely wonderful but not what I asked for. I’ve now lived in several areas of the country and tried lots of “italian” sandwiches. Most of them are hearty and delicious but when I’m in Maine I still stop at Amato’s and grab a sandwich and enjoy a trip down memory lane.

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.