02/19/14 9:57am

The Mama’s Special Hero Makes me Long for Summer

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An Italian-American cure for the wintertime blues.

If you’re anything like me you’ve had enough of winter. So today’s Sandwich Wednesday is for you and me, one of my summertime favorites, the Mama’s Special ($7.50) from Leo’s Latticini in Corona. I like to eat it in the backyard of the neighboring cafe, which like most of Queens is still a frozen waste land.

Unlike other Italian combos, which employ an entire deli case of meats, this hero takes a more restrained approach. Three ingredients: Genoa salami, pepper ham, and creamy white mozzarella are tucked into a semolina loaf. You will be asked if you want roasted peppers and marinated mushrooms. It’s an offer you shouldn’t refuse. I’d give my lucky chopsticks to eat one right now and watch Corona’s boys of summer play boccie in nearby Spaghetti Park. And, of course an Italian ice for dessert.

Leo’s Latticini (Mama’s of Corona), 46-02 104th St., Corona, 718-898-6069

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2 Comment

  • Joe, that Mama’s of Corona sign made me think one thing:

    LET’S GO METS!

  • I adore the mom & pop feel of this place, great atmosphere but I wasn’t to thrilled with the pre-cut sandwiches. I still would come back again and probably will during the summer but I can get a better sandwich in countless other places. Lets go Mets indeed !