Carson Valley’s Signature Sandwich For 2015: ‘The Marchello’ From Cafe Girasole

Posted By on December 18, 2015

Staff Reports

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Congratulations to Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole in Gardnerville on defending its CVT Sandwich Wars title.

“The Marchello,” a panini packed with provolone, turkey, carmelized onions, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, garlic aioli and pesto,  edged out Minden Meat & Deli’s “Tri Tip Sandwich” by seven votes to claim the 2015 crown.

The Marchelle from Cafe Girasole.

The Marchello from Cafe Girasole.

We have created a virtual throwdown among Valley restaurants, seeking out the signature dishes Carson Valley has to offer. Through the first year, we covered burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, steaks, salads, appetizers, breakfasts, pasta, dessert and fried foods (you can see the results here).

Nominees had to come from locally unique restaurants and be within the CVT coverage area (the Douglas-Carson line to the north, the foot of the Carson Range to the west, the Pine Nuts to the east and the state line to the south).

As always, we encourage you to get out and try the finalists and honorable mentions listed.

Up next month, we’ll be reopening the search for Carson Valley’s Signature Soup. Start thinking of your potential nominees.



Cafe Girasole: “Marchello”

The Marchello

The Marchello

1483 Highway 395, Gardnerville (775) 782-3314

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Full of provolone, turkey, carmelized onions, artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes, garlic aioli and pesto, this panini served on sourdough is one of the Cafe’s most popular sellers. Comes with a side of house dressing and salad.

Minden Meat & Deli: “Signature Tri-Tip Sandwich”

Signature Tri-Tip

Signature Tri-Tip

1595 Highway 395, Minden (775) 783-9999

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hot, tender slices of Yukon Gold marinated tri-tip on a soft & grilled steak roll. Try it with the house barbecue sauce or bump it up to the deluxe with lettuce, tomato, onion and your choice of cheese. Throw in a side of beer-battered or sweet-potato fries to top it off.


I’d Eat There: “Po’ Boy”

The Po' Boy

The Po’ Boy

1685 Highway 395, Suite B, Minden (775) 364-0545

Hours: Tues.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Known for it’s boyish good looks, this sandwich is anything but po’. Full of flavor, these seasoned, deep fried shrimp are dressed with romaine, cabbage, sliced tomato, and house made rémoulade sauce. Add a toasted French baguette and let the good times roll! The best part… you don’t have to travel 1,795 miles to get this Louisiana favorite.

Sharkey’s Jackpot Cafe: “Double Decker Club”

1440 US Highway 395, Gardnerville

Sharkey'sDoubleDeckerClubSharkey’s Stacked Double Decker Club Sandwich includes turkey breast (baked and sliced at Sharkey’s) smoked ham, honey-cured bacon, fresh sliced tomato, lettuce, mayo and toasted sourdough (or your choice of bread) . . . served with a pile of house french fries or, for a slight extra charge, Sharkey’s waffle-cut sweet potato fries!



Katie’s Country Kitchen: “The Monte Cristo”

Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “The South Philly”

J T Basque Bar & Dining Room: “Steak Sandwich”

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “BBQ Brisket Sandwich”

Carson Valley Country Club: “Country Club Crab Sandwich”

Chicago Mike’s Pizza: “Italian Beef Sandwich”

The Grill Next Door: “New School Grilled Cheese”

Full Belly Deli: “The Nancy”

Overland Restaurant & Pub: “Carmelized Apple & Brie”

Hamdogs: “Hamdog”