736 South 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Sarcone's has been making bread in the Italian Market since 1918. They produce some of the best sandwich rolls in the city, and they opened a deli up the street from the bakery in the late 1990's. The deli has since branched out, and there are a couple of franchises in the surrounding suburbs. I have to say that they are a strong factor in my love for hoagies. I became picky at a young age, and began to weigh the finer points of different deli's, including: bread, meat and cheese selection, amount of ingredients, marinated veggies, etc. Although they are no longer my favorite, Sarcone's makes a consistently good sandwich.
I prefer the Italian hoagie at other establishments, but there are two sandwiches that Sarcone's offers that others do not, and I do really appreciate the opportunity to grab them every once in a while. As a side note, they have moved directly south of the original location, so look for the new sign. Below is the junkyard, which consists of sliced turkey, proscuitto, sauteed spinach, roasted peppers, sharp prov, fresh mozzarella, red wine vinegar, olive olive and herbs. This has always been on of my favorites, as I LOVE the large cubes of sharp prov and the fresh mozzarella, as well as the salty proscuitto combined with the mild turkey. Not to mention, all of these sandwiches (as long as you order a medium or larger) come on the famous Sarcone's rolls, which eat like a meal. They are crispy, seeded, and chewy, with a soft interior. Delicious.
The other sandwich I really like is the chicken cutlet Sicilian. They smear the bread with the DELICIOUS abruzzi cheese spread, and pile on roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella, and asparagus. I love the asparagus, as it is lightly sauteed to make it a bit tender. It adds an unexpected flavor profile that goes great with the rich (and I mean really rich) cheese spread.
The Italian is good, just nothing to write home about. Of course, anything would be good piled into that roll, so it is really no surprise. Sarcone's is a good place to bring anyone visiting who wants a real Philly hoagie. After you eat there, you can take them to some of the more interesting places and eat some really amazing sandwiches.