In honor of National Sandwich Day, I can't help but reminisce about the delicious ones I've had over my lifetime. There's several shops right here in the Utica/Rome area that make my mouth water whenever I hear about them. And honestly, to me there's nothing better than a big, tasty sandwich.

Today is probably the best day for me to let you in on (what I believe) are the best places in Utica/Rome to get a sandwich/sub/hero/whatever you call it.

These are not in any particular order, but they are all absolutely making me super hungry while I'm writing this.

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Mello's - 242 Genesee St, Utica, NY

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Mello's has such a great reputation in Utica and I can totally understand why. I went there for the first time over the summer to see they got renovated, but was totally impressed with the sub that I got. If you haven't been and want to check it out for yourself, just know that they only accept cash.

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O'baby's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe - 4126 Oneida Street, New Hartford

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O'baby's is known for their wide variety of unique focaccia sandwiches. And they are HUGE! A baby is even so big I can't eat it all at once. Their specialty focaccia's have the most creative names: The Godfather, The Flaming Minotaur, The Drunken Unicorn. You won't be disappointed.

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American Pie Pizza Subs and Catering - 401 Black River Blvd N, Rome

Credit: Camryn Lundrigan, Google Maps

How INCREDIBLE does that sub look? They taste just as good as they look. They have all of your standard meats, cheeses, etc but also have some really great specialty sub options. They come in one size and are so big you can honestly have a meal for several days (if you're anything like me that is.)

Venice Pizzeria - 603 Oriskany Blvd, Yorkville

Joe via Google Maps

Have you gotten a sub from Venice before? All I can say is they are LOADED, and so delicious. It makes sense that their sign out front says "King Size Subs" - they aren't exaggerating. This one below is only a mini!

Barbara Bullis via Google Maps