The history of the sub-sandwich
There are a lot of amazing things we can take credit for here in New Jersey. The first college football game was played here, and then there’s this whole light bulb thing. But there is one element born in the Garden State that can rise above all others.
According to debarkerIt all started in the early 1900s, when Dominic Conti, owner of a Paterson grocery store in New Jersey, used a homemade recipe to make and sell Italian sandwiches. And then In 1928 he was in a museum and saw a submarine.
As the story unfolded, he immediately noticed the similarity in shape to the sandwiches he sold at the grocery store, and the submarine sandwich was born. Of course, this name is just too long for busy New Jersey folks to negotiate, so before long we were all enjoying subs.
In all fairness, there are a ton of stories online about the origin of the sub sandwich that doesn’t agree with Dominic Conti’s, many of which focus on Philly, but we picked the Conti’s story because we frankly love the idea of New Jersey claiming the credit.
But for our purposes, we love the history of New Jersey. It does us good, and somehow the original home of Jersey Mike’s should be the original home of the sub sandwich, right? And there’s no doubt that the first Jersey Mike’s was here at Point Pleasant. And how proud are we?
So you can do your research and draw your own conclusions. But for me, I’ll sleep well celebrating old Dominic Conti and those homemade sandwiches that started it all in his New Jersey grocery store.
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