Our Weekly Bread: Tony's Market

The sandwich: Italian Sub What's on it: Mortadella, capocollo, Genoa salami, tomatoes, olives, banana peppers, red onion, lettuce, provolone and Parmesan on a demi baguette with Italian vinaigrette. Where to get it: Tony's Market (950 Broadway, 720-880-4501) How much: $7.99 with chips and cookies; less without

Tony's Market opened to great fanfare (especially in the Golden Triangle) in late May, bringing not just another top-notch butcher to central Denver, but its reputation as a great market for all kinds of hard-to-find meats, cheeses and other delicacies.

And since it's across the street from Westword, it also opened convenient banking accounts for our staff so that we can simply deposit our paychecks into Tony's cash registers. (Now we just need a pedestrian bridge so no one gets killed running across Broadway with some fresh fruit and a loaf of bread in their hands.)

Tony's has both a restaurant and deli counter. You can get a sandwich at both, but I recommend the counter because you can customize if need be, and there is more variety (plus, it's easier to check out all the other stuff for sale while you wait).

I've had a couple of sandwiches on the menu, but my favorite so far is the Italian Sub, and not just because Tony's employees would beat me to death with sides of organic beef and giant cheese rounds if I said any differently.

Loaded with very cold cuts of mortadella, capocollo and salami, this sub takes an extra step toward deliciousness with the addition of black olives and banana peppers. And the light dusting of Italian vinaigrette pulls it all together. And although it was tough to chew, the demi baguette was extremely tasty, with an almost buttery flavor to it.

For a while, I kept wishing that I could order a sandwich by itself, without the chips and cookie, and maybe save a buck or two. Turns out, all I had to do was actually open my mouth and ask. The SW Turkey Guacamole, with Boar's Head smoked turkey, pepper jack, spicy guacamole, lettuce and tomato on white (my second favorite) was $4.99.

And that certainly helps me pare down on my Tony's overdraft protection plan.

See previous sandwiches at the Our Weekly Bread archive.

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