Today’s Sandwich: Italian Combo (Vespucci’s)

Today’s sandwich is Genoa salami, capicola, provolone, and mozzarella from Vespucci’s.

Location: 211 Danforth Street
Price: $4.95 (Small 6″)
Notes: This sandwich is a celebration of texture much more than it is flavor. Super soft bread, super cool meats, and tons of crispy vegetables make for a satisfying lunch. There are no standout ingredients, and no matter how many ingredients you pile on, you never end up with a cold cut layer thicker than about a quarter of an inch; the whole combination, however, is an impressive version of Maine’s unique take on this sandwich. You don’t get a sandwich from Vespucci’s because you want a gourmet sandwich experience…you get one because you’ve been tacking up drywall all day, you’ve got five bucks in your pocket, and you’re hungry as hell. In this capacity, this sandwich was a success.

Update 4/27/2017: Vespucci’s market has closed.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as Brocavore, a blog focusing on street food culture, and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.

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