Why these sandwiches are called Italians is a mystery to me since not one thing on them is Italian. But here in Maine you can go to any little general store or sandwich shop and get an Italian. Ham is the original, but other meats can be substituted (you have to specify like roast beef italian). Amato's is a sandwich shop up here that boasts the "Home of the Real Maine Italian".
- Cut sub rolls in half, but not completely through.
- Layer cheese and ham on each of the rolls.
- Top with sliced pickles, tomato, olives, onion, and green pepper.
- Drizzle each sandwich with oil and vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
wonderful-tasting sandwich. A lot of interesting flavours that all worked well together. Something good in every bite.
Excellent! I made these for dinner last night. I was going to give the sandwiches a "very good 4 star" rating until I woke up today wanting another "Italian". Then DH called and asked if we could have them again for tonight's dinner! We are not even from Maine - yet are addicted to the flavor combinations and crunch of the pickles. I made them as directed and would not change anything.