Monday, November 14, 2016


1528 Packer Avenue
Packer Park Shopping Center
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 467-1111

If there is a mecca for hoagies it's Philly. If there is an eden inside that fantasy world, it's South Philly. You can literally find a different sandwich every couple of blocks, all unique, and almost all delicious. Pastificio is located in a strip mall by Chickie and Pete's, and the sandwiches there could inspire pilgrimages.

One part pasta company, one part Italian market, one part sandwich church, they pack a lot into a narrow but long footprint.

They also sport their own wrappers, which is a nice touch.

The hoagies come on Abruzzi bakery rolls, which are perfectly crunchy and chewy, and rank among the best in the area (and obviously the world). Below are the namesake "Pastificio" on top, and the "Stu Gatz" below.

The Stu Gatz is a simple creation, packed with mortadella, sliced cured green olives, 4 cheese Italian blend (Asiago, Parmesan, American, Romano – packs lots of flavor for one kind of cheese), and sliced tomato. This sandwich is perfection. Salty and briny olives transform this from a fancy ham sandwich into something magical.

The tomato cuts the salt just a bit, and the pistachio flecked ham is rich enough to stand as the main meat.

I honestly could barely put this down to chew.

The proportions are spot on as well. Look at that perfectly thin-sliced meat to bread ratio.

The Pastificio is Italian hoagie holiness. Sopressata, capicola, and sharp provolone. My two favorite meats and favorite cheese (for hoagies). Everything was sliced razor thin (as it should be), and the typical Thuman's "The Deli Best" quality was apparent. Shredded lettuce, thinly sliced onion, tomato, banana peppers, and a shake of salt/pepper/oregano rounded out the party.

And, of course I got my usual oil AND "little bit of mayo."

Again, everything was in perfect balance, and this Italian was quickly devoured. But not before I savored every bite.

They also have a great selection of frozen pasta, sauces, and various meats. Come for lunch, take home dinner. This place deserves every cheesesteak.

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