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The Ultimate Italian Sub Sandwich: A Classic Delight!

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

When you crave a sandwich that’s hearty, flavorful, and a touch of Italian, nothing hits the spot like an authentic Italian sub sandwich. Stacked high with a selection of premium Italian meats, sharp provolone cheese, and cradled between slices of aromatic Italian bread, this sandwich will transport you straight to the streets of Rome with every bite!

Italian sub on rustic italian bread with layered italian meats and cheeses.


  • Bread:

    • 1 loaf of fresh Italian bread (approx. 12 inches long)

  • Meats:

    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced Genoa salami

    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced capicola (or coppa)

    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced mortadella

    • 1/4 lb thinly sliced pepperoni

  • Cheese:

    • 1/4 lb provolone cheese, sliced

  • Veggies & Toppings:

    • 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded

    • 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced

    • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

    • 4-5 pepperoncini peppers, sliced (optional)

    • 2 tbsp olive oil

    • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

    • Salt & pepper, to taste


1. Preparation:

  • Begin by preparing all your ingredients. Wash the lettuce, tomato, and onion. Slice the veggies as indicated in the ingredients list and set them aside.

2. Slice the Bread:

  • With a serrated knife, cut the Italian bread horizontally, ensuring you don't cut all the way through. You want it to open like a book.

3. Layering the Meats & Cheese:

  • Start with a layer of Genoa salami, followed by capicola, then mortadella. Top the meat layers with slices of provolone cheese, ensuring even coverage.

4. Veggies & Dressing:

  • Onto the cheese, layer your thinly sliced tomatoes, and red onion rings. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  • Add a generous handful of shredded iceberg lettuce.

  • If you're using them, scatter the sliced pepperoncini peppers across the veggies.

5. Final Touches:

  • Drizzle the olive oil and red wine vinegar over the veggies.

  • Close the sandwich, pressing down slightly to ensure all layers meld together.

  • With a sharp knife, cut the sandwich into desired portions.

6. Serve & Enjoy:

  • Serve immediately with a side of potato chips or a pickle for the ultimate lunchtime treat!

Pro Tips:

  • Always opt for fresh, quality ingredients. The flavors in an Italian sub sandwich are simple, so every ingredient shines.

  • For an added touch, consider including roasted red peppers or swapping out iceberg lettuce for arugula for a peppery kick.

  • If you're not a fan of red wine vinegar, you can use balsamic vinegar for a sweeter touch or even a drizzle of Italian dressing.

Dive into this classic Italian sub sandwich and let the flavors take you on a journey to Italy. It's a sandwich that never goes out of style and is perfect for picnics, parties, or a simple lunch. Stay tuned for our next sandwich spotlight and continue to explore the world of delicious handheld delights with us!

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