RE: Italian Sausages
Sundancer, the sausage and pepper sandwich is a summertime staple in Central New York. High quality Italian sausage is the key of course. We had a couple local butchers making it when I was growing up. The grocery stores carry good brands now, including Gianelli's and Carmen Basillio's. Lately I've been making my own, using Bruce Aidell's cook book.
My brother and I visited an old college roommate of his, in San Francisco. His wife treated us to sausage sandwichs know my brother had introduced them to her husband in college. Well, she had some gourmet sausages, and peppers saute'd in wine. It was good, but it wasn't a New York State Fair kind of experience, (we were too embarassed to ask for ketchup and hot sauce). The beer was good though!