Building the Perfect Italian Sandwich

Today, we’re sharing our secrets to building the perfect Italian sandwich, from selecting the best ingredients to assembling your masterpiece.

Building the Perfect Italian Sandwich


Welcome to Durazzo’s Italian Market and Deli, where we pride ourselves on crafting the perfect Italian sandwich. Our approach is old-school, emphasizing fresh, hand-made ingredients that capture the essence of traditional Italian cuisine. Today, we’re sharing our secrets to building the perfect Italian sandwich, from selecting the best ingredients to assembling your masterpiece. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, these tips and recipes are sure to elevate your sandwich game.

Selecting the Bread

The foundation of any great sandwich is the bread. At Durazzo’s, we offer fresh bread daily. Ensuring our customers get bread that’s crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Here are some of our top choices:

  • Ciabatta: With its airy texture and slightly crisp crust, ciabatta is ideal for sandwiches that need to hold up to hearty fillings.
  • Focaccia: This flatbread, seasoned with olive oil and herbs, adds an extra layer of flavor.
  • Italian Hoagie Roll: Perfect for a classic sub, these rolls are sturdy and flavorful.

Choosing the Meats

Italian sandwiches are known for their rich and savory meats. At Durazzo’s, our deli counter is stocked with a variety of high-quality options:

  • Prosciutto: This dry-cured ham is delicate and flavorful, perfect for a light yet savory sandwich.
  • Salami: Available in different varieties, from spicy to mild, salami adds a robust flavor.
  • Capicola: Also known as coppa, this dry-cured pork is seasoned with various spices, offering a slightly smoky taste.
  • Mortadella: A finely ground pork sausage with a mild flavor, often studded with pistachios.
A freshly made sandwich from Durazzo's Deli

Adding the Cheeses

Cheese is a crucial component, providing both flavor and texture. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Provolone: A semi-hard cheese with a sharp, tangy flavor.
  • Mozzarella: Fresh mozzarella adds a creamy texture and mild taste.
  • Pecorino Romano: For a sharper, saltier kick, this hard cheese is perfect.
  • Gorgonzola: If you’re feeling adventurous, this blue cheese adds a unique, pungent flavor.

Fresh Produce and Condiments

Fresh vegetables and condiments bring balance and enhance the flavors of your sandwich. Here are some must-haves:

  • Lettuce: Romaine or arugula provide a nice crunch.
  • Tomatoes: Fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes add juiciness and acidity.
  • Roasted Red Peppers: These add a sweet and smoky flavor.
  • Olives: Sliced black or green olives bring a briny, tangy taste.
  • Condiments: Our homemade pesto, aioli, and balsamic glaze are perfect for adding that extra layer of flavor.

Assembling Your Sandwich

Now that you’ve selected your ingredients, it’s time to assemble the perfect sandwich. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Prepare the Bread: Slice your bread of choice and lightly toast it if desired.
  2. Layer the Meats: Start with a base layer of your selected meats. For example, a classic Italian sandwich might include layers of prosciutto, salami, and capicola.
  3. Add the Cheese: Place slices of cheese on top of the meats. Provolone or mozzarella are great choices for a traditional sandwich.
  4. Pile on the Veggies: Add lettuce, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and olives.
  5. Spread the Condiments: Generously spread pesto, aioli, or balsamic glaze on the top slice of bread.
  6. Assemble and Serve: Put the top slice of bread on your sandwich, press it down gently, and cut it in half.

Pairing Your Sandwich

A perfect sandwich deserves a perfect pairing. At Durazzo’s, we recommend enjoying your sandwich with a side of our fresh antipasto salad or a serving of our homemade pasta salad. Don’t forget to check out our selection of Italian wines, which can elevate your dining experience.


Building the perfect Italian sandwich is an art form that combines quality ingredients with thoughtful preparation. We hope these tips and recipes inspire you to create delicious sandwiches at home. For more recipes and cooking tips, visit our blog regularly. And if you’re ever in the mood for authentic Neapolitan cuisine or looking to perfect your pizza dough, be sure to check out our friends at La Fontana and Red Moon Pizza.

Come By And Check Us Out!

We are a family owned and operated Italian specialties market, serving Bricktown since 1973. Stop by and see for yourself why Durazzo’s Italian Market and Deli is a local favorite.

Delicious Italian sandwiches, made fresh daily