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How to Make a Sandwich with Anthony Marini | Video

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Anthony Marini of The Pass, in Charleston, serves up a large bite of Philadelphia with his appropriately named sandwich, Such a Nice Italian Boy. Piled high with three types of meat and finished with a homemade vinaigrette, Marini recreates this infamous handheld while walking us through the technique for how to make a sandwich.

Marini began his culinary career in his hometown of Philadelphia after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He eventually relocated to Birmingham where he opened his first fine dining restaurant, AMBA. Only two years later, Marini’s second restaurant, (local), garnered awards and attention from local and national publications.

Shortly after, Marini appeared on and won the show Restaurant Startup with a crudo and sous vide concept, beating out other popular food trucks and ideas. He received the show’s first 100-percent customer satisfaction rating and offers from two investors.

Presently in Charleston, Marini runs The Pass, a 700-square-foot artisan deli and market. The restaurant serves sandwiches and salads by day, filled with high-quality meats and cheeses. After closing, the small shop transforms into a private dining experience unlike any other. The single communal table available can accommodate six to ten people for the private tasting menu, created by Marini himself. 

With only a single table available, reservations for Marini’s tasting menu can fill up quickly. Luckily, delicious sandwiches are available for walk-in customers during the day, no planning required. Such a Nice Italian Boy is one of the shop’s most infamous, with three types of meat and burrata piled high for an Instagram-worthy cross section. 

To start, a sweet and spicy Calabrian chile relish is spread on the bottom of a freshly made ciabatta roll. Thin slices of mortadella, a pistachio-filled meat from the Bologna region of Italy, are piled on top with both mild and hot soppressata. The meats are held down with an entire ball of burrata and seasoned with olive oil and freshly cracked black pepper. To add some color and crunch, thinly sliced red onion, mixed greens, and roma tomatoes are placed on top before being covered in shavings of sharp provolone. Lastly, a housemade vinaigrette full of dried herbs adds some necessary acid and aroma.

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Homemade Italian Vinaigrette:
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil or neutral vegetable oil
  • such as sunflower or safflower
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Sandwich Assembly
  • 4x4 inch ciabatta style sandwich roll
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cherry pepper relish or chopped Calabrian chiles
  • 3-4 slices (about 4-5 ounces) of mortadella (with or without pistachio)
  • 5-6 slices (about 3-4 ounces) hot soppressata
  • 5-6 slices (about 3-4 ounces) mild soppressata
  • 1 2-ounce ball of burrata
  • 1 Sliced red onion
  • 1-2 ounces mixed greens
  • 2 larges slices heirloom or roma tomato
  • Grated sharp provolone cheese
  • 1 ounce Italian vinaigrette
Marini whisking Italian vinaigretter

Step 1:

Make the Italian vinaigrette

In a blender, combine mustard and vinegar. Slowly stream in ½ of the oil. To thin the mixture, add up to 2 tablespoons water. Add dry spices, then blend, slowly adding remaining oil until emulsified. If no blender is available, some vigorous stirring should do the trick. The dressing will keep for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Marini spreading pepper relish

Step 2: Assemble the sandwich

Slice the roll in half horizontally. Spread pepper relish evenly over the bottom half of the roll.

Marini layering meats

Step 3: Layer the meats

Layer mortadella and soppressata. It’s important to build the meats tall, not lay them flat.

Marini adding toppings

Step 4: Add toppings

Top with burrata and a drizzle of olive oil. Place red onion and mixed greens on top, weighing down with tomato slices. Grate provolone over the top of the sandwich.

Marini finishing sandwich

Step 5: Slice and serve

Spread homemade vinaigrette on top half of the roll. Slice in half and enjoy!

Video by: Jonathan Boncek

Edits by: Jack McAlister

Production by: Maggie Ward

Location: Charleston Wine + Food

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