Chow Down: Marco Island's big mouth bites

Colossal. Enormous. Big. In the name of sandwiches, it's how high your stack measures that matters most. Add on some extras like homemade waffle chips or a side of soup and these monstrous meals can really fill you up.

That's Italian

A big sandwich is more than just big bread; it's what goes in-between the slices that puts it in the running. At Italian Deli & Market, Chef Jim Barney stuffs his cold hero, "The Loaded Italian," ($7.95) with five different Italian cold cuts, fresh roasted peppers, lettuce and tomatoes, all doused in vinaigrette dressing and served on a fluffy homemade ciabatta roll.

The piles of meat are generous; hunks of mozzarella and provolone are layered atop the meats; romaine lettuce and roasted peppers add crisp textures and spicy goodness — all together making for one large lunch.

If a hot hero is more to your liking, try the Campasano mini or footlong ($7.95/$21.95). It is a compilation of fried eggplant and a chicken cutlet, with fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomatoes, roasted peppers and hot cherry peppers. The footlong can feed five hearty appetites and must be ordered in advance, but the mini is more suitable for individuals. Both are served on a ciabatta roll.

To round out your meal, enjoy a cup of homemade soup ($4.95), which includes pasta fagioli, minestrone, Italian wedding soup and others.

Mouth-watering mammoth

Some may not consider a hamburger a sandwich, but the one at Guy and Lisa's Philly Grille should be counted by any measure. Named the Best Burger 2011 at the Marco Beach Music Festival, this mouth-watering mammoth of a burger consists of eight ounces of prime ground chuck and cooked to order ($10). For fifty cents each, you can add apple-smoked bacon, seven selections of cheese, grilled onions, onion jam, house-roasted peppers, roasted crimini mushrooms or a fried egg.

Another Guy and Lisa special is the Turkey BLT ($11). House-roasted turkey is cut thick and served with apple-smoked bacon, romaine, oven-dried tomatoes and fresh mayo on toasted rustic white bread. The juicy turkey is paired nicely with the BLT, nearly mimicking a sandwich you may construct from Thanksgiving leftovers. Include the house-seasoned potato chips and you'll have one big mouth meal.

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