I have heard said that Latini created the First Italian… …

Comment on Maine-Style “Italian” Sandwich by Liz Burton.

I have heard said that Latini created the First Italian… Amato’s opened just after they did. Latini closed due to problems with The Black Hand, a sort of mafia of the Portland waterfront. One of the Latini brothers was sweet on Mary Amato, so much, especially the newly created sandwich, drifted over to Amatos for good when Latini’s shop closed its doors for good.
Liz Burton

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.