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Colucci's Hilltop Market

135 Congress St., Portland, ME - (207) 774-2279
Posted By Bill Brennan on 5/2/2006 10:08:00 PM
On the advice of friends and after reading the reviews, I sampled a "real Italian" recently and was disappointed. Sure, the servers were friendly and the place smelled enticing, but I came away with the same soggy excuse for an Italian sandwich that is offered by most of Maine's sandwich shops.

It's more of an antipasto served on a large fluffy hot dog bun. It is impossible to eat the thing without spilling most of the veggies and getting oil all over everything. If I wanted a salad, I would order a salad.

Mainers should send a delegation to southern New England, NYC, and NJ to experience a true Italian: crusty roll with a soft inside, fresh-sliced meats (salami, capicola, mortadella, prosciutto) with aged Italian cheeses, topped with a relish of hot peppers, onions, spices and high quality olive oil. No raw green peppers, canned black olives or insipid pickles! Yes, it is possible to eat such a creation without making a mess around, and on, you.

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A REAL Italian is made with salami and provolone, but of course a whole array of other cold cuts are available: ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey, pepperoni, even tuna.
"A REAL Italian is made with salami and provolone, but of course a whole array of other cold cuts are available: ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey, pepperoni, even tuna."
Michael Stern





Colucci's is a neighborhood fixture. In addition to Italian sandwiches and all manner of other cold and hot sandwiches, the dinner case regularly contains such hot items as manicotti, lasagne, chili, mac & cheese, fried chicken pot roast, and chop suey. All is sold on a take-out basis.
"Colucci's is a neighborhood fixture. In addition to Italian sandwiches and all manner of other cold and hot sandwiches, the dinner case regularly contains such hot items as manicotti, lasagne, chili, mac & cheese, fried chicken pot roast, and chop suey. All is sold on a take-out basis."
Michael Stern


Among the daily-made breakfast pastries are these true-Yankee muffins.
"Among the daily-made breakfast pastries are these true-Yankee muffins."
Michael Stern


It is believed that the ORIGINAL formula for Italians was based on ham and American cheese, as shown on this sandwich.
"It is believed that the ORIGINAL formula for Italians was based on ham and American cheese, as shown on this sandwich."
Michael Stern



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