My grandfather came to this country circa 1895 from Montella, Italy. Around 1910, he
started his grocery store, called Dominic Conti’s Grocery Store, on Mill Street in Paterson
New Jersey, where he was selling the traditional Italian sandwiches. His sandwiches were
made from a recipe he brought with him from Italy which consisted of a long crust roll,
filled with cold cuts, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, oil, vinegar, Italian
spices, salt, and pepper. The sandwich started with a layer of cheese and ended with a
layer of cheese (this was so the bread wouldn’t get soggy)....