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Entry from May 02, 2008
Yankee Stadium Big Boy (Mike’s Deli sandwich)

Mike’s Deli has been an Arthur Avenue (Italian section of the Bronx) institution since 1951. The Arthur Avenue Cookbook (2004) featured a recipe of Mike Deli’s “Yankee Stadium Big Boy Sandwich,” and the culinary creation has achieved a status as one of New York’s best sandwiches.
The “Yankee Stadium Big Boy Sandwich” (or “Yankee Stadium Sandwich”) is stuffed with a variety of Italian meats and cheeses and includes such ingredients as prosciutto, salami, cappicola, sopressata, moratadella, mozzarella, and provolone.
As seen on the Food Networks’ “Two for the Road” this terrific sandwich is a hit! It includes: mortadella, ham, salami, capicola, provolone, fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomatoe and either sweet or hot peppers. 
Yankee Stadium Big Boy Sandwich
Recipe from: The Arthur Avenue Cookbook
by Ann Volkwein, Photographs by Vegar Abelsnes
Mike’s Deli and Arthur Avenue Caterers
David and his father, Michele “Pops” Greco
Servings: 1 large sandwich
1 Madonia Brothers ciabatta loaf or any hero-size loaf
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
3 ounces thinly sliced Delusso salami
3 ounces thinly sliced San Danieli cappicola
3 ounces thinly sliced San Danieli sopressata
3 ounces thinly sliced mortadella
3 ounces sliced, fresh mozzarella
1 to 2 cups chopped romaine, frise, and red leaf lettuce
1/2 roasted red pepper, sliced
Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
Reduced balsamic vinegar to drizzle (simmer 1 cup vinegar until reduced by half)
Split the ciabatta and layer the ingredients, drizzling with olive oil and vinegar before serving.
To make fresh mozzarella that’s been refrigerated taste like it’s just been made, submerge the mozzarella in warm water for several minutes, then pour the water out and repeat the process with well-salted warm water. (Of course David claims that Bronx water is the secret to his family’s famous mozzarella.) 
New York (NY) Daily News
Sunday, October 10th 1999, 2:11AM
‘RIGHT THERE, THAT’S IT,” says Mike Greco. “That’s the picture the Giulianis wanted taken down.”
No, it wasn’t the famous Virgin-with-elephant dung painting at the Brooklyn Museum. That’s the other picture the mayor has been fighting to have removed. This one, in fact, was a photocopy of a two-year-old Daily News picture of Hillary Clinton holding a 4-foot-long salami at Mike’s Deli on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx, a piece of meat the First Lady declared a “lethal weapon.”
You may not have heard of Mike’s Deli, but everyone who has run for public office in New York has. Mike’s is a landmark, one of the best Italian delis in America, with the best homemade mozzarella anywhere - hands down.
For 50 years, any pol seeking votes in the Bronx has visited Mike’s at one time or another.
eGullet Forum - Arthur Avenue Retail Market 
Jason Perlow
Apr 18 2003, 05:14 PM
While Mike’s Deli is undeniably the best place to get salumi and Italian cheeses in NYC, a very underrated aspect of the operation are their array of Italian sandwiches.
I walked up and asked Dave “What’s the best Italian Sandwich you have?” He gave me a look, which at the time I thought was smug, but later found out was quite justified. “Oh, you want the Yankee Stadium.”
I submit for your approval, the crowning achievement of 2000 years of Italian sandwich evolution, the Yankee Stadium.
Looks pretty simple, no? I mean, according to the description on the catering menu, its mortadella, ham, salami, cappicola, provolone, fresh mozzarella, lettuce, basil and sweet and hot peppers “Morante style”. However, in this case, the sandwich really is more than the sum of its parts. The quality of the ingredients are, without exaggeration, astronomical. The bread is a snapshot of a moment in time, as it was baked that morning but was cooled sufficiently for a cold cut sandwich. The cold cuts are without a doubt his top shelf stuff, the lettuce and basil is perfect and the mozzarella could not be fresher. The peppers, which seem slightly pickled, give the sandwich a slighty acidic snap and cut through the fat of the salumi and cheese. To put things in perspective, the Yankee Stadium, at $7.50 for a hero, is the same price as the “Dry Filet Mignon Bracciole” sandwich. It could be the most expensive Italian sub you’ve ever had, but it’s well worth it.
Mouthfuls - NYC Heroes
Ron Johnson
Dec 1 2004, 01:08 PM
So far my ranking of NYC Italian-style heroes would be as follows:
Mike’s Yankee Stadium
Corona Height Pork Store Chicken Parm
Leo Latticini Super Italian
Melampo hero on the sfilatino roll
Manganaro’s Hero Boy (poor)
New York (NY) Times
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: YANKEE STADIUM; Now at the Concession Stand, Franks Here, Prosciutto There
Published: August 14, 2005
In mid-June, the venerable Mike’s Deli, which anchors the Arthur Avenue Market in the Bronx, took over a concession on the stadium’s ground floor, just inside Gate 4. The deli brought along prosciutto and mortadella, fresh mozzarella and aged provolone, and various other specialty items that aren’t commonly sold alongside peanuts and a $7 beer.
’‘I’ve been calling the Yankees for years,’’ said David Greco, who owns the family business, which was started by his father, Michele. ‘‘This year, they called me back.’’
So far, Mr. Greco has worked three homestands, making the food from scratch before trucking it down to the stadium the day of the game.
The menu remains much the same as it is on Arthur Avenue: Italian sandwiches; Caesar salad; meatball and eggplant parmigiana. ‘‘I didn’t want to make a Derek Jeter sandwich,’’ Mr. Greco said.
Inside Thrifter
10 Savory World Famous Sandwiches
by Nelson Doyle, Nov 7, 2007
1. Yankee Stadium Big Boy Sandwich
Mike’s Deli and Arthur Avenue Caterers serves this hardy sandwich that is piled high with Madonia Brothers ciabatta loaf, prosciutto, Delusso salami, San Danieli cappicola, San Danieli sopressata, mortadella, mozzarella, chopped romaine, frise, and red leaf lettuce. Drizzled with Extra-virgin olive oil and Reduced balsamic vinegar to top off this world-class sandwich.
Mike’s Deli
Neighborhood: Bronx/Belmont
2344 Arthur Ave
Bronx, NY 10458
(212) 265-8755  
Ryan K.
Chicago, IL
5 star rating
Yankee Stadium Big Boy…with hot peppers.  It is freakin’ amazing.  Heaven on earth.  The homemade wine is pretty good too.
This place is a legacy in the Bronx.  One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.
Best Subs - alt.games.warbirds
03-06-2008, 07:58 PM
Mike’s Deli in the “Bronx” - Anything on the menu.
Recommend the Yankee Stadium Big Boy
April 30, 2008
The City’s Best Between the Bread
By Doctor Memory
[6] | 04/30/08 09:38PM
The “Yankee Stadium” from Mike’s Deli in the Italian market on Arthur Avenue may be the pinnacle of sandwich-making craft on this or any other continent.

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