We tried the much-vaunted Amighetti's special and taste of Italy sandwiches tonight, and were completely underwhelmed. The bread's nice, yes. But the rest? The Special was, well, just a sandwich. And the supposed Taste of Italy was made entirely with fake cheese.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm from Philly. I love me some Cheez Whiz. I have Kraft Singles in my fridge right now. Easy Cheese in a can? I'm there. But if you're going to call your sandwich A Taste of Italy, or the Best of Italy or whatever it was called, you really need to use some kind of real cheese. Also, if you say your sandwich comes with olives, there should really be more than four thin olive slices on it.
Honestly, we didn't enjoy these sandwiches any more than we enjoyed the ones we had last week at Jimmy John's. Is Amighetti's something you have to grow up in St. Louis to enjoy? I'm looking for a hardcore Italian sub/hoagie/what have you, and it certainly isn't to be found there. Which is fine, if that's not what they're trying to do, and it seems like it's not.
And lastly, since I didn't find what I'm missing at Amighetti's, where can I find it? Or is it a futile search here?
(We also got their tortellini for the baby, and the gravy had a harsh, bitter edge to it. Wasn't so happy about that, although the pasta was cooked perfectly and the filling had nice flavor.)