Celebrate National Cuban Sandwich Day with Giolitti Deli!

National Cuban Sandwich Day

Did you know that Monday, August 23rd, is National Cuban Sandwich Day?

Did you know that Monday, August 23rd, is National Cuban Sandwich Day? Celebrate it at Giolitti Deli. We don’t only offer signature Italian sandwiches. We make delicious Cuban sandwiches and use only the freshest, most mouthwatering ingredients. Here is some information about our tasty Cuban Panini, the history of National Cuban Sandwich Day, and details about all the makings of Cuban sandwiches. 

What Makes a Sandwich Authentically “Cuban?” 

Cuban sandwiches include a variety of hams and cheeses. These sandwiches originated in cafes that catered to Cuban workers in Tampa and Key West Florida. Later, these types of sandwiches migrated to Miami. Cuban sandwiches usually consist of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and sometimes Salami put on Cuban bread. 

Sandwich lovers often debate on what makes a Cuban sandwich authentic. There are many variations, and all of them are delightful. The loaf of Cuban bread, typically between 8-12 inches, is cut in half and has olive oil on its crust. A coat of yellow mustard goes on the bread, and the meats are layered. Once the sandwich comes together, a double-sided plancha (flat-top grill) or panini press compresses the sandwich and allows the cheese to melt. 

The History of National Cuban Sandwich Day 

The first Cuban sandwich became recognized as early as 1900. Around 1934, Cuban sandwiches became internationally loved, and by 1961, Cuban sandwich recipes made it into cookbooks. In 2012, a rivalry began between Miami and Tampa residents over Cuban sandwich influence in America. Tampa designates the Cuban sandwich as the signature sandwich of Tampa. There isn’t an official date that this day became recognized or one person linked to creating this flavorful sandwich, but it’s a well-loved sandwich internationally. We encourage you to try our variation. 

At Giolitti Deli, We Offer a Cuban Panini 

You don’t have to travel to Florida to fulfill your Panini taste palette. Our house favorite Cuban Panini is $9.95 and includes roasted pork, ham, swiss, pickles, and special Cuban dressing on grilled Tuscan bread. When you purchase a sandwich from Giolitti Deli, you can look forward to eating real food that isn’t processed. Giolitti Deli has a fresh-food guarantee because we make all of our food from scratch, and there are no msg or preservatives. You can pair your Cuban sandwich with one of our delicious soups and salads for a fulfilling meal

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!


Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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