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Best Italian Sandwiches in SF?

Stanley Stephan | Jun 4, 200212:23 AM

We’ve discussed Vietnamese sandwiches (Bahn Mi). Mexican sandwiches (Tortas), and US sandwiches (Hamburgers). What are your favorite Italian Sandwiches…subs, grinders, hoagies (did I miss any?).

Saturday I stopped by Freddies Sandwiches. 300 Francisco Street at Stockton. I’ve passed this place a million times and it always looked liked the real deal, a good old fashioned sandwich shop. I wasn’t disappointed.

I chose the Italian Combo with dry Salame, Ham, Salame Cotto, pressed Ham, Provolone on onion bread. The bread was studded with pieces of green onion. A nice restrained mix of mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, onions, lettuce and tomatoes. I ordered a small for $3.75. This was a six dollar sandwich elsewhere. I saved half for dinner.

Freddies has been making sandwiches since 1926. Very little seems to have changed. A few years ago new owners bought the place but they vowed to make no changes. The same bakery makes the long 26 inch bread stacked on top of the counter. The big innovation was adding Dutch Crunch bread to the line. Very Linguira Bakery look. Wooden shelves hold canned goods. If a movie company needed to shoot a 1920 grocery in SF, all they would have to do is remove the soft drink coolers. Salamis hang from the ceiling.

Additions to the sandwiches include hot pepper, mild pepper, garlic and oil and vinegar.

For a hot sandwich, my favorite is in the West Portal area - Submarine Center Gourmet Sandwiches on Ulloa. I love the meatball and provolone nicely toasted in the oven. The roll has the right amount of toasty crunch, the filling spicy and not overstuffed. Really nice sandwich. The mini size is $4.29 with tax.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a sandwich at Molinari. The best I can say is that I remember it was good, if costly.

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