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Reason: Italian Hero
A little history: the Italian Food Center used to be one of Little Italy's last old school delis until it closed a couple years ago. What's emerged in its place is new in all but the name: a cavernous, industrial-ish restaurant clearly aimed at tourists, with sandwiches, pizza, and pasta on the menu.
But we're quite happy with the sandwiches, and this is no exception. There's plenty of meat, thinly sliced, the porkiest in our tasting. Iceberg lettuce comes finely shredded—is there any better lettuce for a sandwich, and any better way to prep it?
The inclusion of a sneaky but assertive pepper jam is what won us over in the end, an unorthodox but smart addition to the sandwich's fruity, tangy, and meaty flavors. That and the price tag: we ranked this one very closely to its runner up, but at $2 less for a comparably sized filling-but-not-huge sandwich, it inches ahead to a photo finish.
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