Boston’s Italian Sub

Boston’s Italian subs, often called “spuckies” locally, are a delightful and iconic part of the city’s culinary scene. These sandwiches are a fusion of Italian-American flavors, typically featuring a variety of cured meats, cheeses, fresh vegetables, and condiments all nestled within a crusty sub roll.


  • 4 sub rolls (crusty Italian or hoagie rolls)
  • 8 slices each of Italian cured meats (such as salami, pepperoni, mortadella, capicola)
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pickled banana peppers
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Prepare the Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and a sprinkle of dried oregano. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Sub Rolls:
    • Cut the sub rolls in half, but not all the way through. Open them up like a book.
  3. Assemble the Subs:
    • Drizzle a bit of the dressing onto the inside of each roll.
    • Layer two slices of each cured meat and provolone cheese into each sub.
    • Add a handful of shredded lettuce, followed by tomato slices, red onion slices, banana peppers, and black olives.
  4. Dress the Subs:
    • Drizzle more dressing over the top of the vegetables.
  5. Serve:
    • Close the subs and serve immediately. Optionally, you can wrap them in deli paper to keep everything together.

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