The Classic Italian from A. Litteri’s, “the real Florida Ave market,” according to hizzoner Marion Barry.
In every corner of the world, Washington, D.C., is synonymous with politics. But as those of us who call the District home know all too well, the political drama and general dysfunction of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and the Capitol dome pale in comparison to those of our own city council and mayor’s office. Next week’s all-important primary elections will determine some of the individuals responsible for helping overcome critical challenges facing our largely prosperous city.
Imagine our outrage then that none of the reporters or moderators granted access to the candidates in the run-up to the election posed the one question each of these wannabes should, in our opinion, be forced to answer: What is your favorite sandwich in D.C.?
In a heroic effort to to provide the electorate the information it needs to make the right decisions in the voting booth, I spent the last few months intermittently harassing the candidates and incumbent councilmembers with this query via Twitter. The responses of those with the courage to reply are included here. Needless to say, the silence of the others speaks volumes. Continue reading
Following a far too brief spell supplying residents and visitors of Adams Morgan with wine, meats, cheeses and a diverse selection of truly superb sandwiches, A.M. Wine Shoppe closed its doors for good on October 5. The small, selectively stocked market was opened in early 2010 by the co-owners of neighborhood mainstay Cashion’s Eat Place, and its commitment to the finer things was immediately apparent.
To call A.M. “a sandwich shop” feels like a gross underselling of the breadth of what the place was. Nonetheless, as the sandwiches go, it was best known for its Admorghese, a riff on the classic Italian meats hoagie that featured finochino, mortadella, prosciutto cotto, provolone and spicy pickles on a sesame roll. More than once mentioned in local media among the District’s best sandwiches, the “AdMo” was the shining star of what was one of the city’s deepest, most consistently rewarding sandwich lists. Refined renditions of classics like the Cubano and Pate & Cornichon struck a perfect balance between creativity and faithfulness to the standard. The rotating list of specials brought new surprises on a regular basis; an almost indescribably awesome bresaola sub was one memorable example from earlier this year. The Tipperary, a heavenly combination of prosciutto, fig paste and blue cheese pressed panino style was long a personal favorite of mine and easily one of my ten favorite sandwiches citywide. Continue reading
There are two prominent claimants to the title of Home of the Cuban Sandwich in the U.S., and neither is the District of Columbia. Naturally, one is Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. The other is Ybor City, a historic district located just north of downtown Tampa, Florida, notable for its roots as a cigar-producing company town and as a first stop for immigrants arriving from Cuba and elsewhere. Ignoring the obvious disagreement over the true birthplace of the sandwich itself, the rival locales agree on these base ingredients: roasted pork, ham, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread. Otherwise, Ybor’s inclusion of salami, a result of the presence of Italian immigrants in the area, would seem to be the lone sandwich-related point of contention.
Although we’ve done an unhealthy amount of reportage on the Cubano on this blog, it has all been courtesy of my brother Chris, a Tampa resident and author of our Gulf Coasting column. We have yet to spotlight any of the fantastic versions available here in Our Nation’s Capital, meaning that until this week I had no excuse to eat numerous heavy, pork-laden sandwiches in a single weekend. This situation has now been happily resolved, and so, with some help from our resident Cuban sandwich expert and without further ado, here is a somewhat random sampling of a few of our favorite Cuban sandwiches in D.C. Continue reading
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