A Sandwich a Day: The Paesano at Paesano's in Philadelphia
In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
In case you missed it, the April issue of Saveur (AKA the Sandwich Issue) crowned Philadelphia the "Sandwich City" of America. Yeah, we're kind of a big deal.
It should come as no surprise that one of our favorite sandwiches of any city (it's also featured in the SE book) comes from one of the most beloved sandwicheries in Philly: Paesano's (previously covered here). Their menu is impressive, from the traditionally Italian Arista (roast pork, broccoli rabe, and provolone) to the slightly off-beat Bolognese (a roll filled with fried lasagna, sweet peppers, mozzarella, provolone, and a fried egg). If there's a combination of meat and cheese that should work, they probably do it.
Now, despite the overwhelming selection, you'd be silly to pass on their namesake sandwich (the "Paesano"). Built on a gorgeous seeded hoagie roll, the Paesano gets stuffed to the gills with juicy beef brisket, sweet peppers, roasted tomatoes, sharp provolone, horseradish mayo, and then topped with a fried egg. All for $8.
The bread is fantastic on its own, the beef brisket is delightfully moist and juicy, the sweet peppers and roasted tomatoes offer a hint of sweetness, and the horseradish mayo + provolone combo leaves a slight tangy kick at the end. The fried egg? Oh, that's just there to push this thing over the top. This is not a sandwich for the faint of heart—it is a show-stopper and a messy one at that. Every bite is like a game of Russian roulette for white shirts.