Authentic Italian Sub

Recipe for Italian Sub from 1970s

This authentic recipe for Italian Sub originated from an Italian family sub shop in Florida. It is rich in flavor and texture.

Recipe for Italian Sub Sandwiches

This is an authentic, original recipe for Italian Sub Sandwich that you’ll find easy to make and a definite keeper. While there are many ways to make Italian subs, this one is directly from an Italian family restaurant in Florida from the 1970s. It was their number one seller for subs and well know in the area at that time. Making this Italian sub will definitely raise some eyebrows at the dinner or lunch table.

This authentic Italian Sub is rich in both flavor and texture.
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Authentic Italian Sub view 1 700x600 2

Recipe for Italian Sub

Jeff Baygents
This authentic Italian Sub is rich in both flavor and texture.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 999


  • 1 piece Sub Roll
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 slices deli ham thin slices
  • 4 slices hard salami genoa
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 leaf lettuce
  • 2 slices tomatoes
  • 1 slice onion diced, sweet
  • 2 tbsp Italian dressing


  • Cut the sub roll in half lengthwise. Pull out excess bread to allow for adding ingredients.
  • Add mayo on both halves.
  • Across the middle or on one half: Add ham, followed by salami, cheese(s), and then lettuce.
  • Add the tomatoes and onions.
  • Pour on desired amount of Italian dressing.
  • Fold sub close and optionally, cut in half.
  • Serve with chips and pickle spear.
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Ingredients for Italian Sub

The ingredients for an Italian Sub Sandwich are easily found in your grocery store. Even the sub rolls are readily available. While the ingredients are shown in the recipe for the Italian sub, here they are in summary. You’ll want thin sliced deli ham, provolone cheese, hard salami as your key ingredients. The veggies will consist of standard lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. The condiments will consist of primarily Italian dressing, of course, and mayo as an added option. As you have all the Ingredients for the Italian Sub, next is to make it.

Recipe for Italian Sub Sandwich Meal
Recipe for Italian Sub Sandwich Meal

How to Make an Authentic Italian Sub

Prepare the Italian sub roll

The first ingredient for an Italian sub is its sandwich bread, i.e., the sub roll. You’ll be cutting it along its side, lengthwise. Generally, you don’t cut it completely in half but, sometimes I too have issues with that and it ends up cutting through all the way. Regardless, it’s opened up for putting food items on each half of each sandwich you’re making.

With the sub roll fully opened, you now use your fingers and dig into the “meat” of the bread and remove some excess. This is for 2 purposes. It’s to first create a cavity for adding all the upcoming ingredients for the Italian sub. And secondly, it makes the sub have less bread content. This particular type of sandwich doesn’t need to be overwhelmed by so much bread when you’re going to be loading it up with meat, cheese, and veggies.

You then apply any mayo. This is commonly done with a tablespoon and spread across the bread. You would also add any desired mustard for those who might want it on theirs at this time.

Building the Italian sub in Layers

The ham is then added, followed by the salami. You usually will add most items across BOTH halves of the Italian sub. You then add the provolone cheese, followed by the veggies. It is at this point that you then pour the Italian dressing over both halves of the Italian sub.

Finishing the Italian sub

You will now take the cutting knife and use it to contain and compress the ingredients downward. At the same time, with your other hand, you’ll reach to pull together both halves of the sub roll bread to close it up. You slide out the knife to remove it to finish the sandwich closing action.

The sub sandwich is now closed together and you spin it to cut it in half. At home, you now manually compress the sandwich downward. This will help it hold together better for whoever’s going to be eating it. And, if you are making it to go, like for travel or a picnic, you can then wrap it in a paper towel, followed by plastic wrap (or plastic bag). The paper towel will help keep the bread fresh and it will also double as absorbing spillage of the Italian dressing and other condiments.

This recipe is listed as a leftover use of ham on our Dinner Ideas for Christmas Eve article, where you’ll also see other traditional and non-traditional fun recipes for main courses, sides, appetizers, salads, and breads.

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Remove excess bread from authentic Italian sub roll
Adding condiments to authentic Italian sub roll view 1 - 250x250
Adding condiments to Italian sub roll
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Adding dressing to Italian sub

History of this Authentic Recipe Italian Sub Sandwich

This is an authentic recipe for Italian sub sandwich history goes back to the 1970s for me. There was an Italian family that moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida from Italy. They opened a successful sub shop and ran it for many years, as it was considered a local staple. In the 1970s, they retired and sold it to a young American who later expanded it to a 2nd location in a nearby college town. While going to college there at that time, I helped get it open and worked for a couple of years as an assistant manager. It was there that I learned a few Italian recipes and their cooking methods.

There are many unique ways that Italian families cook. You’ll thoroughly enjoy learning how to make an authentic Italian sub , as this particular sub sandwich was our number 1 seller.

There are a number of stories and myths about who started the first sub sandwich. Read about that story on the homemade sub roll bread recipe used for this Italian sub recipe.

Nutritional Values of Italian Sub

The nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option.


In conclusion, this recipe for an Italian sub is easy to follow and will result in a delicious and hearty sandwich. The ingredients are readily available at most grocery stores, making this a perfect weeknight meal. Give it a try!

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