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.