‘Sandwich King’ gives thumbs-up to Conte Di Savoia

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Conte Di Savoia in Chicago’s Little Italy has sold Italian specialties and gourmet foods since 1948, and now can boast a major celebrity endorsement.

Chef Jeff Mauro, the host of the TV show “Sandwich King” on the Food Network, told the BBC that Conte Di Savoia makes his favorite vegetarian sandwich.

“This three-generations-old Italian deli makes its own mozzarella and its own sun-dried tomatoes, which makes this light and bright sandwich like consuming a gooey bite of sunshine with each bite,” Mauro said.

Other vegetarian options include grilled eggplant and egg-salad sandwiches.

Meat lovers, fear not, because Conte Di Savoia’s build-your-own-sandwich model fits a variety of tastes, with options including ham, salami, capocollo, prosciutto, corned beef, mortadella, meatballs and more.

“What I love about sandwiches is that they’re very personal,” Mauro told the BBC. “Everywhere you go, the sandwich experience is different, customized. And if you create it yourself, you believe that what you customized is the only way to do it. It creates a connection between you and that piece of food, and that connection is dynamic as your tastes develop and change.”

Conte Di Savoia is at 1438 W. Taylor St. in Chicago. In summertime, there are sidewalk tables, and picnic baskets can be arranged by calling ahead.

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