What can I say about Paesano’s that hasn’t already been said? This iconic sandwich shop located in Philadelphia’s Italian Market has one of the best sandwiches I’ve eaten in a while. I’ve only tried one, the Paesano, made with thin slices of beef brisket, provolone, horseradish mayo, tomatoes, pepperoncino, and fried egg. If you want to dress it up some more, ask to include caramelized onions. It adds another layer of flavor.
Rave: Giardina, Liveracce, & Arista at Paesano’s
While lining up in queue, I made sure to look around at what people were eating to determine what looked good. It was difficult to choose between several sandwiches just based on the description because all of them looked appetizing to me. Even though I opted for the classic Paesano, patrons I solicited feedback from raved about these three sandwiches. The first one is the Giardina, made with roasted eggplant, fennel, peppers, fresh mozzarella, and basil pesto. This is the best vegetarian option. Followed by the Liverracce, which has seared beef liver, salami, sautéed onions, iceberg lettuce, roasted tomatoes, garlic, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and Gorgonzola cheese. This particular hoagie was Anthony Bourdain’s favorite at Paesano’s. Finally, there’s the Arista, made with meat from roasted suckling pig, broccoli rabe, and sharp provolone. This is Paesano’s version of a pulled pork sandwich. Next time I come around, I’ll be ordering one of them.
Should you find yourself visiting Philly, make sure you stop by here. The hoagies are cheap and taste great. The service is friendly too, though be prepared to wait for your sandwiches. Everything is made to order so even though the line appears to be short, the eatery also receives a ton of take out orders. Also, it’s a cash only establishment so make sure you have a $20 in your pocket. That should be enough to cover a sandwich and a drink.