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Italian Style Roast Beef Sandwich OR Roast Pork Sandwiches

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I'm a real sucker for all the late night TV on Food Network and Travel Channel and I keep seeing these amazing sandwiches that I've never heard of in this area. One is the roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe which I saw on Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives and is famous in Philly and the other was an Chicago based, Italian-style roast beef sandwich made by dunking roast beef in au jus and serving it on nice sub bread with pickled veggies.

Does anyone else know what I'm talking about. Can they be found anywhere in Massachusetts, or even New England?

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  1. Windy City Eats in Weymouth does an Italian beef but I haven't tried it and incidentally someone said that Dominics in Waltham does one but that seemed a bit different than their standard repetoire.

    The Roast Pork Italian is one of my favorite sandwiches (a primanti's from Pittsburgh is up there too) and you can get a fancy sandwich with those ingredients from Cutty's in Brookline, but to me its not the same (and in fairness they aren't trying to offer a sub). There are some places you can get a sausage and rabe sub which I like and is my local substitute, Il Panino Express is one and another hound who knows my obsession was mentioning another place recently. I have also gotten the folks at Abbondanza to do the sausage/rabe as a sandwich, but its really an appetizer combo there. But its pretty easy to make a weekend excursion to Philly.

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    Windy City Eats
    407A Middle St, Weymouth, MA 02189

    Il Panino
    266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

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    1. re: itaunas

      The one at windy city eats tastes pretty much like your average shop in chicago. By that I mean if one was in chicago it wouldn't be a destination italian beef, but given where we are it is.

      J Pace has roast pork subs on Tues & Thurs. Note though that the one on Blossom Court for some unknown reason seems to feel that pseudo-BBQ pork subs counts as their "roast pork" sub. Avoid that one.

      Uptown Cafe on Cambridge St does a sausage & rabe.

    2. Cutty's in Brookline does a nice rendition of the roasted pork with broccoli rabe. Be advised that they only serve it as a special on Saturday's and they are only open for lunch. I have not seen any Chicago Italian Style Beefs around these parts although I believe at one time there was a place called Windy City Eats that was doing Chicago style food (chicago dogs, beefs etc.). Might want to check to see if that place is still open. Lastly, if you are desperate you can order all the fixings for the beefs on the internet and have it shipped to your door.

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      1. re: Gordough

        considering that windy city eats tweeted today that their patio is open, i'm guessing they're still open.

      2. Artu does a porchetta sandwich and usually had rabe around so you could ask for it. I'm very partial to their roast lamb sadwich with roasted peppers and eggplant.

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        1. re: gourmaniac

          Second for Artu. It's the name I want to hear after, "I'm bringing sandwiches home from. . . "

          1. re: gourmaniac

            Artu has no problem throwing some rabe and provolone on their roast pork sub and its really f'n good. Il panino on the other hand charges $5 to add rabe to their roast pork sub and its just ok. Pace has rabe sausages which are good as well.

            1. re: gourmaniac

              Artu's sandwiches are awesome, they also have the sausage and rabe sub, I think it's a little better than Il Panino Express.

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              Il Panino
              266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

            2. Best sandwich I have ever had is the roast pork sub at Pace. You're going to have to eat it for lunch, Tuesday and Thursday only, and you are going to need a nap.

              1. FYI it looks like the soon-to-open NY Pie in Waltham will be offering Italian Beef sandwiches. http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com.... Also, I recently made the trip down to Weymouth for a beef from Windy City Eats, which I agree was solid, but wouldn't stand out in Chicago. Worth driving Weymouth occasionally though! Also, if you are a fan of Windy City Eats, join their mobile phone mailing list- they sent text messages with insider specials once a week or so.

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                Windy City Eats
                407A Middle St, Weymouth, MA 02189