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According to local lore, the original hoagie-makers were Italian immigrants who sold their wares from carts or dockside luncheonettes. Today, the region’s favorite sandwich knows no bounds: From South Philly to the suburbs, there are go-to hoagie shops in every town and every neighborhood, and many even send their sandwiches through the mail to sate long-distance cravings. Whether it’s a traditional combo of spicy meats and fragrant dressing or a creative variation with artisan ingredients, there’s no shortage of the city’s signature cold sandwich.
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Located in downtown West Chester, Lorenzo's slogan is "Where's the Roll?" and they aren't kidding. Sandwich sizes are listed by poundage, with a "mini" hoagie weighing approximately 1.25 pounds and a large climbing up to a staggering four pounds.
Many residents of Manayunk and Roxborough agree: The top hoagie shop on the Ridge Avenue is Lenny’s Home Plate, where the sandwiches include classics like the Soprano (genoa salami, capicola, cotechino, prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, locatelli and provolone), served on Liscio rolls and available in Minor or Major League lengths.
An Old City institution since 1947, Campo’s Deli is well situated for visitors of historic sites craving classic hoagies like Italian (salami, ham capacola, peppered ham, pepperoni, prosciutto and provolone) or Italian tuna (oil-packed), available on regular or seeded bread. Sports fans and concert-goers can enjoy the hoagies and cheesesteaks in the Wells Fargo Center, and the Phillies cheering section can find their cheesesteaks in Citizens Bank Park. More good news: They ship to cities nationwide.
Tony Luke’s is a local institution whose cheesesteak (with Wiz or American) and Roast Pork Italian are the two most popular choices by far. Their hoagies deserve recognition too -- all hoagies are decked with lettuce, tomato, raw onion, hot and sweet peppers, cheese and pickles.
There’s nothing traditional about the wasabi tuna hoagie at Frak’s Steaks, which does away with most of the usual ingredients and substitutes an Asian fusion-style tuna salad with wasabi seasoning, roasted red peppers, French-fried onions and a choice of cheese.
Italian specialty market Dattillo’s Delicatessen gussies up hoagies with artichoke hearts and homemade roasted peppers, but customers can also buy the fixings to make their own with five different kinds of Italian bread, imported lunchmeats and long-hots to go.
The official sponsor of HoagieFest and builder of a 4.5 ton sandwich in honor of American troops, local favorite Wawa food markets—with locations in five states—take their lunch offerings seriously, allowing customers to build their own in a variety of sizes.
While Italian hoagies are everywhere in Philly, the true Jewish hoagie is a rare treat, and Koch’s Deli in University City, which serves a corned beef, pastrami, spiced beef, kosher salami and cheese concoction on an Amoroso roll, is the place to find one.
Dubbed the “King of Gourmet Hoagies,” Fink’s offers a signature hoagie with two secret weapons: cotechino (fresh pork sausage) and olive spread. The other hoagies, named for Northeast neighborhoods, similarly elevate traditional recipes with creative touches.
Media’s claim to sandwich fame, Planet Hoagie is a takeout-only gem of a shop with a long list of Italo-centric selections such as the Guiseppe (hot sopressata, sharp provolone, Italian tuna and prosciutto). In Philadelphia, hoagie lovers can find their sandwiches at Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.
While it’s perhaps better known for its hot sandwiches, Shank’s delivers a respectable menu of traditional hoagies: Italian (mixed meats and mild provolone), Old-School Italian (with prosciutto and sharp provolone), chicken cutlet, tuna and veggie.
The original Bella Vista Sarcone’s deli has spawned multiple locations, and it’s easy to see why. At the hoagie mecca, freshly baked seeded rolls are lovingly stuffed in combos like the Italian Market (hot capicola, turkey breast, roasted peppers, sharp provolone) and the Junk Yard Special (turkey, prosciutto, sautéed spinach, roasted peppers, mozzarella, sharp provolone).
Point Breeze hoagie destination Ricci Brothers uses pillowy Liscio rolls as the basis for its no-frills two-handers, with varieties like Italian (two types of salami), Old-Fashioned Italian (sharp provolone, prosciutto, sopressata and pepper shooters), Turkey and Cheese and Prosciutto and Sharp Provolone.
The offerings at Paesano’s sandwich shop are decidedly new-school thanks to chef Peter McNamara’s flourish: Daddy Wad marries mortadella with pistachios, genoa salami, sopressata, capicola, prosciutto and sharp provolone with arugula, tomatoes, onions and sweet and hot peppers, while the Tuna Italiana throws herb-cheddar spread, hard-cooked egg, roasted tomatoes, arugula and chips into the mix.
Family owned and operated since 1932, Cosmi’s is a corner deli with a legendary reputation for hoagies hot and cold served on Sarcone’s rolls. The Godfather (prosciutto, sopressata, roasted peppers, mozzarella, sundried tomatoes and green olives) is a standout.
The award-winning Chickie’s Italian Deli’s notable menu items include the Original Veggie (baked eggplant, sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted peppers and Chickie’s own blend of sharp provolone) and Tuna Special (olive oil-packed tuna with provolone, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato and onion). Each delectable sandwich sits on a roll from Sarcone’s Bakery.
The home of the “Stanwich,” Stan’s Deli is Powelton Village’s main hoagie connection, with all of the traditional one-meat delights, plus an array of specialty hoagies. Popular options include The Drexel (corned beef, spiced beef, coleslaw, turkey, Russian dressing and provolone) and The Penn (spiced beef, honey turkey, spicy turkey, hot pepper cheese and Russian dressing).
Tucked away in East Falls, Brother’s Old Style Deli enthralls with its small selection of hoagies: Three Brothers (Asiago, sharp provolone and Swiss); sharp provolone with roasted peppers; and the Sunnyside Special (mozzarella balls, roasted peppers and sliced prosciutto).
A Mayfair favorite, Marinucci’s Deli gives customers a lot of hoagie for their buck—one meat-packed sandwich can easily feed two people, and the Nucci Italian and the Brous Avenue (roast pork with sharp provolone and roasted peppers) are signature items.
The Reading Terminal’s elegant cheese emporium Salumeria also happens to be one of Center City’s top-notch outlets for sandwiches. Their Italian hoagie combines imported meats and cheeses layered with roasted red peppers, artichokes and a drizzle of creamy house dressing.
The appropriately named Cut Above Deli in Newtown Square services its passionate patrons with not one, not two, but seven different styles of Italian hoagies, ranging from Classic to Milano, all made with quality ingredients like Daniele prosciutto and Sarcone’s bread.
In case the Ultimate Italian (featuring stuffed pepper shooters) isn’t enough for you, Downingtown favorite Foster Boys Pizza has Special Italian (sharp provolone, ham, capicola, soppressata and prosciutto) and Super Italian (sharp provolone, capicola, soppressata, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and tomato) hoagies, too.