Top 10 Italian Cold-Cut Sandwiches
I know I sprang this on you unannounced, but here's the Top 10 you've all been waiting for (judging from the number of comments we got on Sandwich Musings): Top 10 Italian Cold-Cut Sandwiches.
OK, it's actually a list of Top 10 Places to Get a Great Italian Cold-Cut Sandwich, but you get the idea.
There are about five delis on the list that I think most Baltimoreans would agree belong there; after that the list becomes much more a matter of personal opinion. I'm also not happy I couldn't come up with an Annapolis suggestion.
Most of these places didn't have their own Web sites, but I gave you some kind of link for each one that would supply you with addresses and phone numbers at least.
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* Ceriello in Belvedere Square. Expensive, and a chain, but the award-winning Italian sandwich is worth it.
* DiPasquale's in Highlandtown. A fine old-fashioned Italian deli/neighborhood market with world-class sandwiches. In business since 1914.
* Fortunato Brothers Pizza in Towson. Takeout reviewer Rob gave his sandwich here a "Best Bite" and described this as "a spicy mix of ham, pepperoni, onions, tomatoes, provolone and hot banana peppers."
* Isabella's in Little Italy. How do prosciutto di Parma, mortadella, proscuittini, salami and capicollo, lettuce, tomato, oil and red wine vinegar dressing (hot peppers by request) sound?
* Maggitti's in Fallston. This Italian market and gourmet bakery is now brought to you by a former chef of the Brass Elephant downtown.
* Mastellone's Deli and Wine on Harford Road. I linked to a City Paper Web page because of the interesting comment about whether it's located in Parkville, Lauraville or Woodhome.
* Pastore's in Rosedale. Family-owned and operated Italian grocery, deli and bakery. It's been around forever, but while many of these don't even have a Web site, Pastore's has a Web site and free wi-fi.
* Savona Fine Italian Food & Wine in Bel Air. Everybody loves eating here, so try not to hit it at peak lunch hour.
* Scittino's Italian Market in Catonsville. A "hidden gem" one commenter called it. Joyce W. said, "Great selection of meats and cheeses and fresh Marranto's sub rolls and if you are a mayo lover they will oblige you but their Italian dressing is to die for."
* Trinacria Macaroni Works downtown. We aren't the only ones who appreciate this institution. The Washington Post once described a Trinacria sandwich as "a symphony of Italian meats, provolone cheese and olive oil built on fresh, unsalted Tuscan bread."