A true piece of Americana, is the Amato’s Italian Sandwich started at the turn of the 20th century in Portland, Maine and still going strong today.
Oddly enough it doesn’t contain the classic dry cured Italian meats but simply Boiled ham and white American cheese. It also isn’t on a crispy roll
But a soft french bread type roll. It has been said that it is not called Italian because of the ingredients as much as it is about the people that invented it, Giovani Amato and the people he sold it to, Italian dock workers in Portland, Maine.
The rest of the filling vegetables are sour pickle, tomato wedges, green pepper and olives, then a blend of olive and vegetable oil, then salt and pepper. That’s it.
Here is where I got the video from explaining a bit about the Maine Italian Sandwich