Yummy, yummy, yummy, I've got an Italian sandwich in my tummy.

They're certainly a Maine favorite, and don't you dare call them a grinder, Po' Boy, Dagwood, Hero, or a hoagie like they do out of state.  They're Italian sandwiches.

Yes, slather a layer of mayo or Italian salad dressing on a freshly made roll, then load it with ham, salami, cheese, your favorite veggies, and then have yourself a "time!"

There's nothing better for lunch on the job or to put into a picnic basket or cooler for a day trip.  We love 'em!

As a matter of fact, Wikipedia tells us that Italian sub sandwiches were invented right here in Maine back in 1903 by Giovanni Amato of Portland.  Hey, it's on Wikipedia so it must be true, right?

So about a week ago we asked our online readers and listeners where the best Italian sandwiches in eastern Maine were, and after briefly using a napkin and pulling themselves away from the chips, they told us.

So, here are our results from #10 to #1.

#10 - Papa Gambino's, Hammond Street, Bangor

#9 - Riverside House of Pizza, Free Street, Bangor

#8 - Legacy Sandwich Shop, State Street, Bangor

#7 - The Village Market, Plymouth Road, Carmel

#6 - Jersey's Subs & Sweets, Center Street, Brewer

#5 - Ellsworth Giant Sub, High Street, Ellsworth

#4 - Firehouse Subs, Stillwater Avenue, Bangor

#3 - Amato's on Broadway in Bangor and Amato's Express, Main Road/Route 1A, Holden

#2 - Fairmount Market, Hammond Street, Bangor

#1 - The Coffee Pot Sandwich Shop, Broadway, Bangor

Places of merit include Bangor Sandwich Company on Hammond Street in Bangor, State Street Grocery in Ellsworth, various Subway locations, Angelo's Pizzeria on Hammond Street in Bangor, The Dunbar Store on Route 1 in Sullivan, and Lloyd's Family Market on Gilman Falls Avenue in Old Town.

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