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Columbia's Cuban sandwich gets grilled on CBS News Sunday Morning

Richard Gonzmart, president of the Columbia Restaurant, shows off the Cuban sandwich he’s reinvented since a newspaper article lamented the lack of a good one in Ybor.  The glazed ham, roasted pork and pepper corn salami are key to bringing back the flavor he remembers as a boy.  “It’s a recreation of the cuban my grandfather created,” said Gonzmart.

Richard Gonzmart, president of the Columbia Restaurant, shows off the Cuban sandwich he’s reinvented since a newspaper article lamented the lack of a good one in Ybor. The glazed ham, roasted pork and pepper corn salami are key to bringing back the flavor he remembers as a boy. “It’s a recreation of the cuban my grandfather created,” said Gonzmart.

After your house guests have fatigued of turkey next week, you need another culinary trick up your sleeve. Tune in to CBS News Sunday Morning at 9 a.m. Sunday to get the inside scoop on how to make the perfect Tampa-style Cuban sandwich.

Correspondent Susan Spencer stopped into the 110-year-old Columbia in Ybor City recently to get a tutorial from fifth-generation owner Andrea Gonzmart Williams and her dad, Richard Gonzmart.

After a multi-year quest to replicate his great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez Sr.'s original recipe, Richard has tinkered his way to something that reads like layers of Tampa history tucked into a crusty Cuban loaf from La Segunda Central Bakery: The Spanish brought the fine ham, the Sicilians the Genoa salami, the Cubans the Mojo-marinated roast pork, the Germans the Swiss cheese, pickle and mustard.

Named the "Signature Sandwich of the City of Tampa" by Tampa's City Council in 2012, the Cuban (originally known as the "mixto") was said to have been created in the 1890s for the cigar workers as they walked to and from work, morphing as immigrants from different countries came to Ybor City and added their own touch. The Gonzmarts go traditional with CBS News, but a little leftover turkey might not be a bad addition?

Laura Reiley, Times food critic

Columbia's Cuban sandwich gets grilled on CBS News Sunday Morning 11/20/15 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2015 5:10pm]
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