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Muffalettas, Italian subs and sandwiches, and other specialties from the family behind Portage Park's Sicilia Bakery.

Our Review

How is it that there are so many sandwiches in the world, and yet so many taste of nothing besides regret for the $7 you had to pay for them? So much stale bread! So much slimy meat, rubbery cheese, and soggy vegetables! So much sadness when it all falls apart the instant you touch it! Then there are the sandwiches at Rosie's West Town Deli. Let's start with the bread, which is magnificent. It's baked fresh every day and has a crisp crust and a soft crumb. It's also sturdy enough to hold all manner of sandwich fillings. The quality of those fillings, however, varies. Rosie's roasts and cures a lot of its meat in-house. In the case of the turkey, this is good. In the case of the lechon (gray) and corned beef (fatty), not so much. The sandwich makers can also be stingy with condiments, and for some reason they fry the eggplant in the eggplant Parm without breading or battering it first. But the meatballs are perfect, rich and tender, and they come smothered in a thick, tangy marinara filled with chunks of basil and garlic. There's a sandwich that tastes like love.

Aimee Levitt

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