ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Italian Cold Cut Sub

Updated on October 24, 2020
leewhiteleewhite profile image

Lee has a degree in philosophy, but when cooking, Lee is more like an experimental scientist than an abstract thinker. Loves new ideas.

Classic, Classic, Classic

Each of the Italian deli meats in this sandwich is fabulous by itself. You can choose just one for your sandwich (or salad!) and make a most delicious lunch.

But there's something uniquely satisfying about combining all three into one sandwich.

The ingredients accompanying the meats are pretty tasty also. Most important, really, is the bread. Pick a good sourdough bread, preferably a baguette of some sort --- one wide enough to make a good sandwich. Sourdough bread complements the Italian cold cuts perfectly, adding distinctive flavor to their already delicious flavors.

Let's begin. It's so easy. Italian cold cut sub sandwich

First the bread

We begin by using a sourdough baguette like this one, a little wider than some Cannot be beat.

The sourdough flavor and the baguette crunchiness provide the perfect platform on which the main players can perform.

I would recommend grilling the bread before layering on those main players. Not for a long time, but just so that it is clear the bread has made a trip to the grill. I was in a hurry here, so I forewent the grilling, alas. I have made this sandwich many times, usually with grilled bread, but it is also delicious if you have not grill. If you can fit the bread into your toaster, that would be a good substitute for the grilling.

Add some EVOO

Drizzle on some extra virgin oil olive. (For EVOO, click here.)

Extra virgin olive oil was made in Mediterranean heaven to go with these Italian meats and is the only condiment needed. It complements the meats, playing the same melody. No dissonant notes.

Drizzle on as much as you want. Actually, after all these pictures were taken, I decided to drizzle on a good bit more. In for a penny, in for a pound. Just keep in mind that some of the extra virgin olive oil may drip out. That would be a shame, but on the other hand it might be delicious.

Begin with soppressata

Soppressata, a particularly flavorful dry Italian salami, is a specialty of southern Italy, particularly Calabria (the toe of the boot which Italy is shaped like), and it sometimes includes hot pepper. The meat used for making soppressata can be ground, or it can be more coarsely pressed, in which case the slices have an appealing rustic look to them.

The one shown here, however,is a standard good-quality soppressata that goes well with the other meats. You could add a second layer of soppressata if you want a really thick sandwich.

There is another type of soppressata produced in Tuscany; it's good, too. If you have this sandwich often, vary the meats.

Next the capicola

Often simply called "coppa," this is another dry salami. In this case the salami is made from pork shoulder or neck ("coppa" means nape).

The taste is somewhat milder -- some would say more subtle -- than soppressata, and it looks quite different, too, the fatty content in particular. Prepared with wine (usually red), garlic, salt, and herbs and spices that differ regionally, the meat is then stuffed into casings and hung out to dry cure for up to six months.

A famous variety is produced is Calabria, but Tuscany, Lazio, Basilicata, and Umbria also produce first-class capicola.


The word "prosciutto" essentially means "to dry" or "dried," and the meat is made from a pig's thigh or hind leg. The drying process can take up to two years. Two years!

The most famous type is made in Parma, and prosciutto is sometimes called Parma ham. However, very good prosciutto is made not only in other places in Italy, but in neighboring countries. I like one that is made in Germany, which is what is shown here.

Prosciutto is the most versatile of the meats in this sandwich. Perhaps best known as a wrap for melon, it in fact appears in numerous recipes.

I promise a future "Pasta - with Prosciutto" -- but warning: you might become addicted. Let's stick with prosciutto as a layer in this delicious sandwich for the present moment.

A couple of slices of Roma tomato

Flavor and color.

Flavor: obviously, any other type of tomato could be used here. The important thing is that Italian meats like this and tomatoes deserve to be together, and we can thank this union for stimulating our taste buds to heights they might not have imagined.

Color: beautiful, just plain beautiful, the red standing out on the layers of meat.

The mouthwatering finale

All the players return for a final bow. Soon the stage will be empty!

The size of this sandwich is easy to vary, depending on how hungry we are. Even something half this size would be immensely satisfying, and would serve for a light lunch.


Parting facts

Other Italian cold cuts can be used here as well, in addition to those shown or in place of one or the other. Mortadella is an obvious choice. And there is no end to types of salami beyond the soppressata shown here; just about any one of these would be a good choice.

The key thing about this sandwich, it should not be forgotten, is that its special flavor arises from a combination of Italian old cuts. A sandwich featuring just one or another of these would be delicious, but there is something special in the combination of different types.

Real meal

Real Meal. Unlike fancy food mags, where images are hyped and food itself is secondary, all pix shown here are from a real meal, prepared and eaten by me and my friends. No throwing anything away till perfection is achieved. This is the real deal --- a Real Meal.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)