Sandwich Cubano La Ideal

La Ideal’s Cuban Sandwich

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Preparation info

  • Makes 4 large sandwiches; Serves

    4 to 8

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Eating Cuban

Eating Cuban

By Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs

Published 2006

  • About

Located in what was once an old grocery store, La Ideal is a favorite neighborhood hangout for members of Tampa’s Cuban-American community. The scene is animated and relaxed. Regulars chat from table to table, but the feeling is inclusive, with visitors made to feel like members of the family.

A dynamic force behind the atmosphere at La Ideal is Majito, Mario Aguila Jr. Majito’s dad, Mario Sr., moved his family to the United States from Cuba in 1966. After ten years in New York, the