Take your cue from Tony and make sure you get the spicy pickled relish on the Italian sub. The Bari Italian is best in its honest purity. There's no grilled thinly sliced kobe beef, pungent blue cheese, truffle oil, or creamy unpasteurized cheeses anywhere near this sandwich. Instead, it is a workman's special, a lunch bucket foundation built on freshly baked airy Italian bread from the D'Amato's bakery next door. The yeasty perfumed loaf is wrapped around hand sliced deli fare like a ruddy capicola streaked with neon orange paprika, peppercorn-flecked Mortadella, pliant provolone, and garlicky Genoa salami. Slices of sharp red onion, translucent tomato and ribbons of crunchy iceberg lettuce dressed in oil and vinegar, a touch of creamy mayo, pepper spiked relish and a verdant speckle of oregano and basil crown what may truly be Chicago's best sandwich.
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