12 fantastic sandwiches in Boston
Virgilios Italian Bakery & Deli
29 Main Street, Gloucester. 978-283-5295.
Like Hamersleys and its famous roast chicken, Virgilios is so linked to its signature sub that other gems get neglected. Eavesdrop and, sure enough, one by one, youll hear the entire line at this old-school Italian deli go for the Saint Joseph, an amalgam of cold cuts and provolone thats won breathless praise by countless critics. Enough is enough! Its a fine sandwich, sure, but this one is even tastier: the Eggplant Special, a piping-hot dream of crisp-battered aubergine, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and fragrant basil, packed into a crusty semolina roll baked hours earlier.
ALSO TRY: Well, okay...the Saint Joseph.