By Kim127 on July 14, 2003
Photo by PaulaG
Photo by PaulaG
"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"."
Serving Size: 1 (396 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"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."
"yum! I love Amatos.. I grew up in Maine, and I always get these every chance I get when I go home to visit. I put black olives on mine, since that is how the original is done, also I omit the red wine vinegar. So delicious!"
"They don't come any better than this, even in NYC!"
"I made this for DH to take for lunch, so this is his review! "Make this at least once or twice a week please!" So... I have a standing order for these sammies! Thank you Kim! Anything to making lunch easier is a winner for me! Made for Potluck Tag"
"Now here is a real Maine Italian. I used to love these as a kid living in NH. I haven't had one in ages and decided it was about time I did! Made mine with black olives, not the Greek. The ones I bought had regular black olives in them. This really hit the spot. Thanks!"
"I'm hooked. This is a fantastic sandwich. I will be having it again very soon. This was served with assorted pickles, olives and potato salad for a quick dinner."
"I grew up in Maine, and whenever I want a little taste of home, I dig into one of these delicious sandwiches. This is exactly the way we used to buy them at the pizza shed, and this is exactly how I make them now (except, always with black olives instead of the greek). Thanks for sharing a great sub!"
"I have had these many times and they are AWESOME! The originals were with American cheese, but any cheese is good. I remember having them with black olives, but they weren't the Greek olives. I also don't remember it to be with red wine vinegar, but I am sure it gives the sandwich great flavor! I can remember eating these dry without anything on them and still being great! Thanks for posting this recipe Kim.... Linda"
"I knew I'd love this sandwich and it did not disappoint! A great combination of meat, cheese and vegetables. I will make again! Congrats on your win, Kim127!"
"DE-LISH!!! I love this sandwich!!!! I must admit that I added a few slices of salami (I couldn't resist) and used provolone rather than american and some italian dressing that I whipped up last night- but your recipe is divine. So, so good! Thanks!!!!!!"
"The Italian is Maine's signature sandwich making it's first appearance in Portland almost 100 years ago (or so it is said). The original was on a long, soft bread and salami was the the choice of meat. When my hubby and I dated back in the 50s we'd stand in line just to get in the door. Thanks Kim, you've not only given us a good recipe (red wine vinegar, I don't remember but it's a nice addition) but you've made me remember my teen dating years."
"I live in Maine and we have been buying these forever. I just wrote a review for these saying that I, too, did not know where the name came from, and then proceeded to read the rest of the reviews. I did not know that Amato's in the Old Port once served the Italian immigrants these sandwiches and they were originator of them. They are very, very good even though the ingredients don't seem to fit together. A good Italian sandwich should get a rating of 10. I live outside of Augusta and I am going to check to see if there is an Amato's there, and if so, I will go and get an original one and see how it rates with the rest of them. Kim, I am so glad that you thought of posting these. Now people will be able to get a taste of our "state sandwich" and get a picture of the general store or sandwich shop that makes them. I don't know any other state that makes "Italians". EDITED NOTE: I did go to Amatos in Augusta and got an Italian Sandwich and they are delicious. They looked like a photo when we opened it up and tasted as good as it looked. Yummy!"
"Outstanding! I have had this recipe saved for quite some time I am happy I pulled it up and made it for dinner tonight. DH absolutely loved it and so did I. He took one bite and said "Now this is a sandwich!" I don't know about the history behind this sandwich, but I can tell you from experience, this is one great Maine "Italian" Thanks Kim!!!!"
"This was awesome!! Just so you know, olive oil, red wine vinegar and greek olives are used a lot in italian cooking."
"We're from Maine and this is the real thing. Great job putting this together!"
"Hey, I live in Maine and this is a Real Maine Italian. All the ingredients that Amato's uses. Always use red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Thanks Kim!"
"Although I would not consider this "Italian" it is a delicous sandwich, and I will make this again with maybe some ham, I used roast beef and some pastrami this time. I did not have the greek olives and had to use regular black olives, but it was quite good Kim! Thank you, and congrats, you RedSox lover! :)"
"I agree not italian, I will stick with lobster and lobster rolls from maine. If you want italian try r.I. grinders."