100 Favorite Dishes, No. 72: Italian Combo At Carbone's

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 72: Italian Combo At Carbone's

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

If you're from Philly or the surrounding area and love hoagies, Dallas' sandwich scene will make you very sad. If you know names like Sarcone's and Primo's you've felt lost during your Big D tenure. And while Carbone's Italian combo misses a few minor details, you'll still be OK with it. Let's be honest: Pennsylvania is very far away.

The roll comes from Il Vecchio Fornaio in Arlington and is shaped wrong but the texture is pretty close. It's a crusty and tough number that holds its own against a vinegary Italian dressing and requires deliberate mastication. "Combo" refers to three meats: house-made mortadella, coppa from La Quercia in Iowa and soppressata from Fra Mani in California. It's a son-of-a-bitch that you must pay $11 for the sandwich, but you've already dropped a Jackson on a lobster roll. When looking for far away delicacies that remind you of home, you pay for what you get.

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