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Good Italian Sandwich

When I lived in Philly after college I fell in love with true Italian hoagies -- provolone, prosciutto, capicola, ham, salami, roates red peppers, the works...

But after living in Chicago for 7 years now I have found only a couple places here that really deliver - Capt. Nemo's on Ashland and Eatzi's in the Century Mall at Clark and Diversey.

Any suggestions, especially downtown?

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    1. re: juan epstein

      Never heard of it, looked it up on metromix and don't see it... what is the address?

    2. Bari's is great. There are some other places in that neighborhood that are good, too (Damato's sandwich shop).

      Also, on Taylor, east of Western are some good sandwiches, too.

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      1. re: rubinow

        Bari's is the best. If you work in the loop, Fontino's and Mangino's are both good too.

      2. Highest quality ingredents, most pleasant surroundings:

        I prefer the 30 E Huron location, but the ingredentst are the same at all three

        1. I've been wondering that too. I grew up in New England, where every corner store sold "Italian sandwiches" that were made with prosciutto, spicy ham, salami, provolone, fresh chopped onion, tomato, and green pepper, and topped with olive oil and pepper. Back in the 60s, they all had fresh-made small ones on a hot dog bun, then large ones on a real hoagie roll.

          Eatzi's has a decent version, but back when they first opened in Dallas, their sandwiches were pure amazing. I used to go there on business a lot, and I'd stop on the way back to the airport to pick up a couple, one for the flight, one for the next day. They've cut back on the quality, IMO. Glad you asked the question; I'll have to check out Bari's.

          1. Bari is excellent. I would also recommend Gino's Italian Imports on Harlem. Nowhere near downtown, but an excellent stop for picking up all things Italian. If you give the counter guy a roll, he'll make you an excellent sandwich. I'm fond of the hot sopressa w/ the genoa salmi and smozed mozeralla - toped w/ a little of their olive salad oil, a couple of slices of roasted red pepper, or a marinated artichoke heart or two, and you're off. I buy my romano and parmesan here too.

            Next door is Pasta Fresh, Antonio makes amazing pastas. Several high-end Italian restaurants use his product. Shhh.

            3422 N. Harlem

            1. I like Caffe Baci because of the really high quality ingredients.


              1. If you go to Bari I would suggest phoning in your order if you are ordering around lunch time. Otherwise you could be waiting up to 30 minutes for your sandwich.

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                1. re: cheapertrick

                  Also, nobody's mentioned that Bari Foods is actually a small grocery store. There is no place to sit.

                  Just FYI. Be prepared.

                2. Eatzi's had terrific sandwiches when I lived in Atlanta. The one here though is entirely medicore and overpriced.

                  Bari is definitely the way to go. One of the best sandwiches this city has to offer.

                  (As far as the wait, I've never waited more than fifteen minutes and even then, there's something charming about the place that makes a wait enjoyable)

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                  1. re: Helper Monkey

                    Best one I've had in the Chicago area is from Rubino's Italian Market and Deli on Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park. They have lot of other great sandwiches and deli items. The lunch-time wait warning for Bari applys here, too.

                    1. re: MikeLM

                      While visiting my Uncle in Orland Park yesterday, I stopped in Rubino's on your recommendation and ordered their Classic Italian Sub with marinated eggplant (extra) and spicy gardiniera (extra). To my taste, it was far from the best Italian Sub that I'd ever had in the Chicagoland area, but it certainly was the BIGGEST. My God, it must have weighed nearly two pounds! I couldn't even manage to eat half of it! At any rate, thanks for the pointer on Rubino's. I'll surely be back to shop at the deli sometime, and I'll keep their sandwich in mind the next time that someone asks me to recommend a place that makes them in that particular style. You know, it reminded me of the dreamy subs of my youth (in the seventies), way back before I knew from good quality bread. ;)