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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The question we ask ourselves everyday: Are Italian subs better in Italy?

During the dawn of Subs and Stuff, I once overheard a man in an Italian accent telling his associates from Wisconsin that the Italian sub at Monica's Mercato was the best Italian Sub in the World. While his accent and my experience at Monica's had me believing this claim, the real irony of the story is that his cheesehead friends did not know what an Italian sub was.

It was at this point I knew I had to do two things: one, create a fount of knowledge for bozos to build their brains, and two, embark on a journey to the motherland to evaluate this man's claim. Well, the first thing exists, and you have found it here preserved on the interwebs. And two, well that, my friend, that begins now.

Panino, Birra, Granita. 
Florence. Firenze. Known for its beauty, its bridges, and its beef, Firenze, and the rest of Italy, is filled with spots to pick up un panino. In Italy, it's certainly not difficult to find un panino Italiano; by nature, they're all Italian. Yet, there is a distinct difference between what they continue to serve in the motherland and the glorious creation it has morphed into here in Boston.

At Coronas Cafe, a small bar located on the main drag between the Duomo and the Piazza della Signora serves pastries, gelato, panini, and beverages at all hours of the day. Handsomely clad servers serve you behind a white marble bar. During the heat wave wreaking havoc on Italianos and tourists alike, the panino with prosciutto, salami parmesan, and lettuce served on focaccia was accompanied by ice cold draft beer and a lemon granita, real-deal Italian ice (more Polcari's than Richie's).

Check the review below for the first edition of Subs and Stuff Italy

Coronas Cafe has a wide selection of panini, and this one tickled my fancy with its combination of prosciutto and parmesan. Certainly not standard Italian sub ingredients, each was delicious in its own right. The combination of the sharp cheese and the buttery, rich prosciutto was on point, yet it was lacking the girth, the meat, the holy trilogy we include here on Boston's own Italian sub. The lettuce was a mere afterthought, and the focaccia bread may have been a bit better were it eaten fresh in the morning opposed to sitting in sweltering heat until late evening. The panino rang in at under 5, which is more than fair, and with the cold beer and refreshing granita, it got me my fix but left me with my socks still on.

The journey continues.

Coronas Cafe
Via dei Calzaiuoli, 72
7.5/10 on the Italian Sub Scale

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