Hoagies: The hoagie, Philly’s answer to the sub or hero, can be traced back to South Philadelphia’s European immigrant population. The sizeable sandwich comes stuffed with fresh meats, cheeses and veggies—or some variation of these ingredients.
The quintessential Italian hoagie, for example, is layered with cured ham and salami, cheese, oil, oregano, lettuce, tomato and more. The bread is critical too: Amoroso’s and Sarcone’s bakeries are the among most popular purveyors of rolls in the city. Sarcone’s Deli sells its own sandwiches out of a Bella Vista storefront. One of the biggest local sandwich chains, Lee’s Hoagie House has built a small empire with its special house-spiced oil and expansive selection. Still more creative combinations await at Campo’s Deli and Tony Luke’s. New school purveyor Matt and Marie’s delivers a fresh take with choices such as the Italian Stallion, topped with coppa and salami, locally made Claudio’s provolone, house-pickled peppers and pepperoncini aioli.
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