As a native Vermonter living in Maine, I am disgusted …

Comment on Maine-Style “Italian” Sandwich by Kirsten Newton.

As a native Vermonter living in Maine, I am disgusted by any Italians I’ve tried in Maine or any other “Grinders” I’ve had here. I grew up in Vermont above a small delicatessen that made them, worked there for my first job, and I can tell you that I haven’t seen anything in Maine even comparable. Check out Gill’s Delicatessen in Rutland, VT or their Facebook page. They opened in the 60s and make their own bread fresh daily. And cabbage! I can’t find any places in Maine that use cabbage!

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.