Sure, you can get a sub sandwich from a myriad of different places in the Loop; but why settle for stale bread and slimy cold cuts when you can have the best quality possible? Fontano's Subs has been my go-to downtown sandwich shop for several years now, but I realized recently that I hadn't paid it a visit in quite some time. I remedied that by stopping by the small restaurant—which is unfortunately wedged between an Arby's and a Chipotle and no doubt loses customers to both chains—to order one of their signature sandwiches.
Out of Fontano's five signature choices, I always go with the 6" Wise Guy ($4.95), which includes prosciuttini, capicola, genoa salami, and provolone cheese layered a crusty sandwich roll. The sandwich was also topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Although I would have preferred a little less mayo, the spicy cold cuts combined with the crunch of the bread overshadowed the mayo avalanche that threated to take over my sandwich. While they may not be breaking any new ground, the Wise Guy sandwich is still a superior Italian sub, with fresh produce and Boar's Head deli cuts that prove that a relatively simple sandwich can still reign supreme.
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