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Where to Find the Best Hoagies in Philadelphia

Some of the best sandwiches in America’s best sandwich city

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Philadelphia loves great sandwiches. We know them. We love them. We eat them. It’s what we do.

From the world-famous Philly cheesesteak to its less famous (but equally delicious) hoagie to the third juggernaut in Philly’s sandwich triumvirate, the roast pork sandwich, Philadelphia is a sandwich-lover’s dream. It’s no surprise that SAVEUR Magazine declared Philadelphia “America’s Best Sandwich City.”

It’s clear there are a lot of great sandwiches in the City of Brotherly Love, but let’s talk about the hoagie. For those unfamiliar, the classic hoagie is made built-to-order on a long Italian roll and is typically filled with deli meats and cheeses and finished with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, a sprinkle of oregano and a drizzle of oil and vinegar. However, hoagies are as diverse as their makers, sometimes coming stuffed with tuna, chicken cutlets and roasted vegetables or topped with punches of flavor like fried long hots, sautéed greens, artichokes and more.

What separates a hoagie from a ham-and-cheese sandwich is the bread. The best hoagies are made atop bread delivered daily from the local bakery. From there, it’s all about the quality of the provolone, the prosciutto, the sopressata, the roasted peppers and whatever else might be going inside.

Hungry yet? Good. Read on for our guide to some of the best spots for authentic Philly hoagies in the City of Brotherly Love.

Let us know some of your favorite spots for hoagies by posting your faves to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #visitphilly.

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Paesano's

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The offerings at Paesano’s sandwich shop are decidedly new school thanks to chef Peter McNamara’s flourish. The Daddy Wad hoagie 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.

Where: Paesano's, 125 W. Girard Avenue

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Di Bruno Bros.

A major destination for any Italian specialty food connoisseur and purveyor of hoagie fillings galore, Di Bruno Bros. makes a mean sandwich with a high-quality olive-oil drizzle. The original location is in the Italian Market in South Philly; there are also a few locations in Center City as well.

Where: Di Bruno Bros. - Italian Market, 930 S. 9th Street

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Campo's Deli

An Old City institution since 1947, Campo’s Deli is well situated for visitors of Philadelphia’s Historic District craving classic hoagies like Italian (salami, ham capacola, peppered ham, pepperoni, prosciutto and provolone) or Italian tuna (oil-packed) on regular or seeded bread. If you can’t make it to Old City or their locations in the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia, don’t fret: They ship to cities nationwide.

Where: Campo's Deli, 214 Market Street

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Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market

For those who like their hot peppers hot, Reading Terminal Market stand Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagie is the place for authentic hoagies stuffed with all manner of meats.

Where: Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street

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Pastificio

Located just a few blocks from the Sports Complex, Pastificio has gained adoration from city officials and pro athletes alike with its Classic Italian hoagie topped with mild provolone, mortadella, capicola, Genoa salami and prosciutto.

Where: Pastificio, 1528 Packer Avenue

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Cosmi's

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Cosmi’s is a tiny corner deli in South Philly that’s been around since the 1930s. There’s barely enough seating for half a dozen people, but the spot still churns out some of the best cheesesteaks, hoagies and roast pork sandwiches in Philadelphia.

All three sandwiches are served on long hoagie rolls, which Cosmi’s gets fresh each day from the famous Sarcone’s Bakery. There are more than a dozen hoagies on the menu. Two of many highlights are the Godfather (made with prosciutto, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, green olives, extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar) and the Sicilian (made with prosciutto, sopressata, hot imported capicola, imported mortadella, sharp provolone and roasted peppers or long hots). Pro tip: Opt for the seeded roll.

Where: Cosmi's, 1501 S. 8th Street

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Primo Hoagies

A shop originally from South Philly that’s grown immensely in recent years, Primo Hoagie has elevated the art form with a long list of hoagie variants, including the Turkey Diablo and the Crusher. There are multiple locations across the Philadelphia region.

Where: Primo Hoagies, 1528 Ritner Street

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Matt & Marie’s

Matt and Marie’s, located in Logan Square, delivers a fresh take on the hoagie with the Italian Stallion, made with Claudio’s provolone, house-pickled peppers and pepperoncini aioli.

Where: Matt & Marie’s, 100 N. 18th Street

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Marinucci's Deli

Located in Mayfair in Northeast Philadelphia, Marinucci’s Deli gives customers a lot of hoagie for their buck — one meat-packed sandwich can easily feed two people.

Where: Marinucci's Deli, 2852 St. Vincent Street

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The Foodery Rittenhouse

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The Foodery Rittenhouse is both a beer emporium and a delicious sandwich shop. The menu boasts traditional cold hoagies which you can fill with a range of cured meats like mortadella, spicy sopressata, lonza, prosciutto and spicy coppa. Then there are specialty hoagies like the Godfather (a cold hoagie made with coppa, prosciutto, pepperoni and provolone on a long roll) and the Bambino Bianco (an insanely delicious hot sandwich made with fried mortadella, mozzarella cheese, a fried egg and topped with balsamic vinegar on a round roll). Pair your sandwich with one of the hundreds of craft beers available.

Where: The Foodery Rittenhouse, 1710 Sansom Street

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P&S Ravioli Company

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Head to one of the four P&S Ravioli Company locations in Philadelphia and Havertown for a lengthy list of hoagie options, including veggie hoagies and trays perfect for the big game or family party.

Where: P&S Ravioli Company, 1722 Oregon Avenue

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Honorable Mention: Wawa

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Named America’s favorite convenience store, Wawa is a Philadelphia institution, with dozens of locations in the Philadelphia region. Wawa is even the official sponsor of Wawa Hoagie Day each year, during which they proudly build a five-ton sandwich to honor America’s birthday in America’s birthplace. Wawa has long been known for their hoagies, allowing customers to build their own with a huge variety of ingredients (though you can’t go wrong with the classic spicy Italian).

Where: Wawa, 19th and Market streets

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Paesano's
Di Bruno Bros.
Campo's Deli
Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market
Pastificio
Cosmi's
Primo Hoagies
Matt & Marie’s
Marinucci's Deli
The Foodery Rittenhouse
P&S Ravioli Company
Honorable Mention: Wawa
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