Tuesday, June 22, 2010
When my sister from Oregon visits back home, one of the first things she needs to do is take a trip to one of the many Amato's and get herself a loaded italian sandwich. My first experience with an 'italian' (ham, cheese, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pickles and topped of with black olives and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste), I must admit, was not at Amato's, but at Carbone's Market at Morrills Corner. It was a duplex with a barroom on the right hand side and market on the left. The small mom and pop store had all the staples and saved you a trip to the new, and big A&P. But a big selling item, especially at lunch time or in the late afternoon was their italians. They were delicious! And cheap... 35 cents, 3 for a dollar. What a deal! This photo was taken of a sign posted on most of the Amato's stores. As the story goes, in 1902 the 'Real Italian Sandwich' was born, created by a young Italian immigrant named Giovanni Amato. Around here these days, you can get one at just about any corner store. Go to just about any place else on the planet and ask for an 'italian', and they'll look at you like you ARE from outer space. To these two pictured, quite a tribute...if the story is true, of course. Ever had one?