Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop

October 15, 2007 · 11 comments · Print This Post

in Erin Cooks On-The-Go, Maine, Nostalgia, Resturants, To Buy / To Try

Ham Italian with Light OnionsThere are some things about living in Maine that I will always miss: a complete lack of traffic, living 20 minutes from the outlets in Freeport, and Ham Italians from Sam’s Italian Sandwich Shop.

Like many people born in Maine I grew up eating these tasty sandwiches. Almost every beach trip from my childhood and beyond began with a stop at a Sam’s store for delicious Italians that we’d pack in a cooler to eat while laying on the hot sand. I was a super picky kid and I would only eat ham, cheese, and pickles. Typically they also come with onions, tomatoes, and green peppers — all of which I do very happily eat now. Once at the beach we’d all split a bag of Munchos potato chips and try not to ingest a cup of sand along with our picnic lunch.

Mmm...FrostingWhat will always stand out to me is the bread. The rolls are extremely fresh and have the consistency and texture of large bakery style finger rolls. I’m also a huge fan of the American Cheese the store uses. I know it sounds ridiculous to gush about American Cheese, but honestly all of the ingredients put together and splashed with Sam’s special blend of oil tastes completely unique. It’s impossible to duplicate these sandwiches at home. They’re amazing and I’m happy to report that I got to eat one along with a perfect chocolate whoopie pie (that I split with CK) on our way back from a brief weekend visiting my family. I unfortunately left the camera at home but once again my iPhone came to the rescue.

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1 wummy October 15, 2007 at 9:06 am



2 Beth October 16, 2007 at 10:45 am

You know what beats Sam’s? Amato’s! They have a very unique pickle and fresh tomatos and delicious olives. I really miss them, you can get that at On The Run right after the on ramp to the turnpike from Auburn.


3 Erin October 16, 2007 at 5:33 pm

Hey Beth,

I haven’t had an Amato’s sandwich in forever. Amato’s has a crustier roll, right? They’re good, but I still like Sam’s better.


4 Holly October 21, 2007 at 10:24 am

OMG, those whoopie pies do me in every time. I have dreams about them. They’re so moist and delicious- they are pretty much my favorite.

Tsk tsk though, driving through town and not calling me!! I will get an italian at Sam’s with you next time!


5 Erin October 21, 2007 at 10:44 am

Hi Holly,

I’d love to get an Italian with you sometime soon. In my defense though we stopped at the store in Lewiston on our way back home. I think the closest Sam’s to Portland is the one in Freeport. Which could be double trouble if we were able to have Whoopie Pies AND shop till we drop.



6 hungry December 9, 2008 at 5:17 am

Amatos is OK but when I think about home, Sam’s is the only Sandwich shop I think about. The service is really great too. They really got it together. And Erin, I know what you mean about the cheese…. or is it the oil….or the onions? IDK It just brings me back in time to those lazy summer days @ Range Pond. Ahhh:)


7 D J May 19, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I grew up in Lewiston, the original Sams, right across from St Joseph’s Church was the place to go.
Whenever I go back to Maine it is required I bring home 1/2 dz Sams. Oil on the side.
It’s the bread, it’s the onions, it’s the oil, it’s a Sams.


8 sandra jones September 24, 2011 at 9:08 am

Oh My God! Born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, now live in Grand Prairie, Tx. I so miss Sams and his italian sandwiches and of couse lobster. When I go home my first stop is Sam’s. I try to explain to people here what and how they are and taste, but they just don’t understand. Now I am homesick again.


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