A Sandwich a Day: Ponzo's Original Sub at Ponzo's in Houston
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Houston is city without much of an Italian sandwich tradition, so Ponzo's in Midtown is a very welcome stop for sub fans. Around for about a decade, its roots are, oddly, in sunny southern California, but this tiny family-run storefront eatery delivers on familiar Italian-American sandwiches, both hot and cold.
One of their best is the Ponzo's Original Sub ($7.95) that was "first served in 1955" at its Pasadena predecessor. Encased in white sandwich wrapping paper that quickly bears a few expected grease stains, the 9" sub is served in easy-to-share quarters. The slender roll is toasted and filled from top to bottom with thin slices of tomato and provolone then double duty each of mortadella, cotto salami, and hard salami atop shredded iceberg lettuce and a layer of diced pepperoncini. Judicious use of Ponzo's tangy house-made vinaigrette helps to tie the fillings together for a terrific, harmonious result.
About the author: Mike Riccetti is a Houston-based food writer, Zagat editor and author of Houston Dining on the Cheap. He writes frequently about restaurants, food and drink, and occasionally less important topics. Some of his previous stuff is posted at MikeRiccetti.com.