Food - Drink
The Oldest Hoagie Shop In Philly Came Before Cheesesteaks
ByLAUREN ROTHMAN
Served all over the city as well as in neighboring towns, cheesesteaks are basically synonymous with Philly and, of course, its many sandwich shops. But, did you know that one of Philadelphia's oldest and most well-loved hoagie joints actually predates the City of Brotherly Love's most famous food?
In 1920 beloved Italian sandwich shop Ricci's Hoagies opened up, and it still operates to this day in South Philadelphia. Since the Philly cheesesteak was invented by neighboring sandwich shop Pat's King of Steak's in 1930, according to Philadelphia Magazine, Ricci's predates its city's most famous sandwich by a decade.
Ricci's does not serve cheesesteaks, leaving that icon to fellow sandwich shops such as Dalessandro's and John's Roast Pork. But, its hoagie offerings are more than enough for its hometown, with Philadelphia's tourism board stating that the shop has been "perfecting the art of the hoagie" for more than a century.