Originally posted by 2ifbyC
Up here in Portland Maine we have what we call Italian Sandwiches. Has anyone ever had one? You cannot get them outside of Portland, not real ones.[/
I have to respond once again, due to the fact that I seem to be the one who lit the fuse on this thread.
My reply was to give fair warning to those visiting the Portland area
that the Portland version of the "Real Italian" sandwich is like nothing else they have encountered elsewhere.
Lookit honey we are going to be visiting here for a whole week eating a boat load of seafood why don't we try an Italian that they are raveing about on Roadfood. Then to be dissapointed to find out it's a ham and cheese sub that can be found anywhere.
As I said I spend a lot of time in that area, I have some interests there. At lunch time I will frequent one of the many corner stores to grab a sandwich, one of my favorites is in the Back Bay area.
The only time I ordered one for myself and partner to take back to the job turned out to be a good laugh for us the rest of the afternoon. He said that I must have grabbed the wrong sandwiches.
We ate them, they were OK but nothing special.
Returning to the store for lunch the next day I commented to the clerk that I may have been given the wrong order yesterday and explained what I ended up with. That's when I was told "that is an Italian". Really? Yup really.
Nothing extrodinary about the rolls either, just a soft sandwich or hoaggie roll.