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2014 Best Sandwiches in America: Panini

2014 Best Sandwiches in America: Panini

Who makes the best sandwich? Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff narrowed down the large field in our first Best Sandwiches in America contest to 18 finalists. See all winners >>

Winner: Chicken Cutlet Vodka Panini

Orlando’s Deli, Manhasset, NY

Sandwich creator: Joe Spagna

Inspiration: “My love for vodka sauce.”

Key ingredients: Breaded chicken cutlets, vodka sauce, fresh mozzarella, Italian bread

Why it’s special: The vodka sauce

Price: $7.25

Food cost: 42 percent

What the judges said:
We’ve been sauced on vodka and eaten plenty of pasta with vodka sauce, and we’ve liked both. We don’t know who thought of splashing vodka into a tomato/cream sauce, but damn if it doesn’t work. There have to be lots of others out there who have used vodka sauce for something other than pasta, but we’re not sure who they are. We do know Chef Spagna’s fantastic drunken-chicken cutlet will keep us out of rehab at least one more week.

Honorable mentions

• Harvest Panini: Green Leaf’s, Cleveland
• Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich:  RJ’s Steakhouse, Cedaredge, CO
• Turkey and Brie with Berry Mayo: Jersey Girl Café, Hamilton, NJ

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