Carson Valley’s Signature Sandwich For 2016: ‘The Marchello’ From Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole

Posted By on December 16, 2016

Staff Reports · 2 min read

In what shaped into one of our closest races since beginning the CVT Food Wars in 2014, Abby Jo’s Cafe Girasole narrowly retained its title for Carson Valley Signature Sandwich for the third consecutive year.

Holding off this year’s nomination round winner, the “Prime Dip” from David Walleys 1862, by a less than 1.5 percent of the total vote, “The Marchello” prevailed with 39.97 percent of this year’s vote.

The Marchelle from Cafe Girasole.

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

Up next month will be our annual search for Carson Valley’s Signature Soup.



Here’s a closer look at our finalists:

2016 Sandwich Wars Finalists

Cafe Girasole: “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.

David Walleys 1862: “Prime Dip”

2001 Foothill Road, Genoa

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

The signature dish of the 1862 saloon features eight-hour slow-roasted garlic and herb prime rib thinly sliced then topped with brown butter sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions. To top off the prime dip, it has melted gruyere and provolone. Served on a fresh-baked sourdough roll with a cup of rosemary au jus and seasoned shoestring French fries.

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.


Sharkey’s Jackpot Cafe: “Double Decker Club”


Double Decker Club

1440 US Highway 395, Gardnerville

Sharkey’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!


If you can’t view the ballot, click on this link.


Philadelphia Restaurant & Sandwich Company: “The South Philly”

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

Full Belly Deli: “The Nancy”

Katie’s Country Kitchen: “The Monte Cristo”

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

Carson Valley Country Club: “Country Club Crab Sandwich”

The Grill Next Door: “New School Grilled Cheese”

Chicago Mike’s Pizza: “Italian Beef Sandwich”