In this great country of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
In Los Angeles, the prevailing sentiment seems to be that the sandwich has gone the way of our beloved La Brea Tar Pit mammoths: only the skeletal remains of the once-proud beasts live on in the tortas and lavash bread concoctions of our ethnic epicenters. Luckily, there's still one demographic with its mitts on the flaky underbelly of Los Angeles's ghost-like sandwich subculture: the Italians. Since 1929, Eastside Market downtown has been serving up otherworldly meatball subs, but the undisputed sandwich king of Los Angeles is, well, actually a queen.
"The Godmother" sandwich from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica is a testament to old-world sandwiches still being done right, as the perpetual line in front of the deli counter can attest. Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese are all thinly layered inside a crusty length of Italian bread.
Be sure to give it "the works": mayo, mustard, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and a chopped pepper blend that keeps the Godmother zippy when the rest of the concoction threatens to weigh you down. Oh, and feel free to order the large even though a small will suffice; you're sure to be taking the rest home because—as any Angeleno knows—trying to drive to Santa Monica sucks.