“Ma” was born & raised in Portland, 103 Wash Ave, …

Comment on Maine-Style “Italian” Sandwich by Roy Edwards.

“Ma” was born & raised in Portland, 103 Wash Ave, next to Nissan bread. She told stories about the Italian, back then called a “Guinea Grinder”, (she was born in 1910). Ma made these sandwiches everywhere we lived, Pop was career Army, & everyone loved them!

She made them as close to the real deal as she could, the rolls of course were Nissan bread. She’d wrap them in wax paper with a rubber band, Pop would take trays to work or to varied social clubs for fundraisers. Her stories were about the Deli across the street on Wash Ave, selling them for a Nickel!

Still one of my favorite tadte treats…

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Kristin, the “Italian” found in Portland is totally unique! If you drive 50 miles outside of the city you will be hard pressed to find that sandwich. Italian “Subs” are a different deal all together…


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.