The Spicy East Coast Italian
This... this right here is a balanced sandwich. The meats were proportional to the cheese and not overly salty, thanks to the refreshing shredded lettuce and sliced tomatoes, as well as the bite of raw slivers of onions. Nothing felt overpowering -- it wasn't too vinegary, too meaty, or too cheesy. When I think of a classically delicious sandwich, this reinterpretation would definitely come to mind.
Now, if this were just called the East Coast Italian, this review would be over and done with. It's a solid sandwich and I'm happy to have eaten it. However, the key word here is spicy -- and that is something this sandwich is not. The hot cherry peppers in my sandwich were so sparse that I could hardly tell if they were there at all. Aside from a few bites that had the tiniest bit of heat, I didn't feel like this reinvention of an Italian could really call itself spicy.
Part of me thinks it's because I have an affinity for spicy foods and therefore I am easily disappointed if my expectations are not met. But peeling back Jimmy John's delicious and soft bread only revealed a minuscule amount of peppers. It could've just been my local Jimmy John's, but if there is one critique I could give, it'd be more peppers -- more heat. If you're going to dub a sandwich as spicy, make sure it can live up to its name.