Deli Debate

My name is Riley I am a self proclaimed chef and a food enthusiast, sandwiches being my main specialty. I’m no Guy Fieri but I know a damn good sandwich when I see one. I figured I would start this segment with a classic sandwich, The Italian Sub, and a good old fashion deli throw down between Asti Italian Deli and Tony’s Italian Deli.

Asti Italian Deli

Located at 1410 W Irving Park Rd, Bensenville, IL.

Now I’ve been going to this place for 6 plus years so I have tried literally everything on the menu, and I can confidently say that I have never been disappointed eating here. With that being said lets dive in.

Asti’s Italian Sub consists of Mortadella, Capicola, Salami, Provolone and a phenomenal Italian Dressing. Obviously they give you lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo unless otherwise stated, but if you don’t get your subs fully loaded I’m going to assume something is wrong with you. Quantity: Asti gives you a damn good bang for your buck by purchasing the 12” you get the sandwich, a can of cola and a bag of chips all for $8.45 and that’s cheaper than the garbage at Subway. Quality: The Italian comes on your standard white Italian bread; the meats are full of flavor the Mortadella is infused with olives and bits of pork fat, the Capicola is a mild six years aged one. I personally am not big on the provolone, but Asti makes it work. As far as quantity and price you get quite a bit for a decent price. Asti overall score 9/10.

Tony’s Italian Deli

Located at 6708 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL

Tony’s is a neighborhood establishment that holds close to the hearts of many, including myself. Established in 1978 Tony’s has been killing the sandwich game for a few decades now, so lets jump in the Italian includes Capicollo, Mortadella, Salami, Mozzarella and of course lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing. Quantity: you want to talk about the most bang for your buck sandwich wise? Tony’s will get you there for a whopping $5.99 you can get the 15” inch sandwich, although it does not come with chips and a drink like the Asti Italian you are getting an extra 3” of sandwich and with this being a sandwich comparison I think this little bit pulls Tony’s to the front of the competition.

My downfall with Tony’s is the quality of the salami, to me it seems to be just a generic Genoa which is a bummer, however overall sandwich flavor is not affected greatly by this. Tony’s overall score 8/10.

Im going to get dragged through the mud for going against the neighborhood, but the winner of the Deli Debate goes to Asti Italian Deli. This was a hard comparison to do since both establishments are incredible in their own way, but Asti’s quantity of food puts it next to Tony’s, with the quality of the meats nudging it into that top spot. But don’t take my word for it get out there and try some damn sammies. Also feel free to tweet me places to review @ramblinriley69 on Twitter or riley_omalley94 on Instagram or send me your creations.

Italian Sub: this is my take on the Italian Sub just to give everyone an idea of the heat I’m cooking (1)

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