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Sergio's Represents South Florida At Tampa Cuban Sandwich Festival

March 2, 2015

Sergio's dominated the semifinals on Sunday for Tampa's fourth annual City2City Cuban Sandwich Festival. The nation's first Cubanrestaurant franchise beat out seven local restaurants for best Cuban sandwich in South Florida.

"We're really excited about the opportunity to represent all of South Florida in this respected contest," Sergio's Restaurant chief executive Carlos Gazitua said. "Sergio's has been passionate and particular about our Cuban sandwiches for 40 years and it's a great honor to be recognized for our authenticity."

The annual festival includes statewide participants, but Sunday's competition marks the first time a preliminary contest was held in Miami. The contest at Magic City Casino was fierce; each sandwich was judged on presentation, taste, and authenticity in a blind tasting by eight judges.

Sergio's advanced in the competition and will represent South Florida in the fourth annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Tampa, March 20-22. Over 30 participants are expected at this year's festival. There is no salami in a Cuban sandwich: Sergio's is intent on showing Tampa why.