The Best Hoagie On Earth is in Delco!
Which makes sense since the word “hoagie” OG’s in the Philly area!
Legend has it that many Italians worked in a shipyard on a Delaware River island. The island was near where the airport is now.
The island was knows as Hog Island, and the lunch favored by the workers was a sandwich that featured various meats, cheeses and lettuce between two slices of bread. The sandwich become knows as a “hoagie”!
There are other claims that the hoagie was created in Chester PA. DeCostanza’s in Boothwyn claims their family invented the hoagie in 1925.
Now of course in Delaware and in parts of New Jersey the sandwich in the torpedo roll is known as a “submarine” or “sub” for short. Written advertisements that go back to 1940 here in Wilmington, call the sandwich a “sub”.
So it makes total sense that the best hoagie on earth is in Delco!
Food Network Magazine has revealed who has the “Best Hoagie On Earth!”
Before I lived in Delaware County, I lived in Roxborough and was a loyal customer of Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies. I kinda lived on cheesesteaks for a few years. When I met my wife and moved to Delaware County in the late 80’s I started a search for an awesome cheese steak. Friends pointed me in the direction of Phil and Jim’s! While I love their cheesesteaks, I’ve never had their Italian hoagie.
Well now it’s on my to do list to stop by and enjoy the award winning “Italian Special” – which apparently is the best hoagie on earth!
It features ham, hot cap, genoa salami and provolone cheese topped with peppered ham on a 12″ Italian Roll. It includes onions, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, oil, oregano and sweet or hot peppers.