Thursday, February 9, 2012

LaSpada's Original

2912 Edgmont Avenue
Chester, PA
(610) 872-9881

My Delaware county hoagie and cheesesteak hunt continues. It seems everyone I talk to has their own favorite, often a relic of childhood trips to the local shop. LaSpada's was always coming up in conversations about the best Italian hoagie, so I stopped by to check it out.

Although there are multiple locations of LaSpada's (including in Florida?), the Parkside store I visited is the longest-running one around. The store is small, and nothing fancy, just the way a sandwich shop should be.

I went with an Italian. This store does not have as extensive a menu, as some of the others do, and that's fine with me.

The Italian came with peppered ham, hot coppa, salami and provolone. The DelCo original meat-cheese-veggie-ham format was followed (still have no idea where that came from), and doused with oil and vinegar. The bread was mighty tasty, as was the sandwich.

I am still undecided on their traditional "top ham" wrapping. It does help hold everything in (like a meat wrapper should), but it also makes all of your bites extra hammy. Some days, I love it, some days I hate it. Best part is, however, you can simply remove it if/when you want.

This is definitely a solid sandwich. Next time I am going for the cheesesteak, because when I was leaving I saw one come hot off the grill, and it was a finely chopped thing of beauty. I almost went back and ordered one of those as well, but I am trying not to go all Paula Dean, at least before summer. That being said, I am always open to endorsement opportunities.

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