Best of Philly

Best Hoagie

2017 BEST Hoagie

Old-Fashioned Italian at Ricci’s

The meats are thinly shaved to order, the bread is seeded (as it ought to be), the dressing is light, and the provolone has a bite. Building a quality hoagie takes years of experience, and Ricci’s—around since the 1920s—has had plenty of practice.

1165 South 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-334-6910 | Website

2016 BEST Hoagies


132 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The longtime Northeast Philly shop expanded into Center City last year and showed a whole new audience that the city’s very best Italian hoagie comes on a seeded roll with chopped (not sliced) provolone and the gotta-have-it secret ingredient, olive spread. (Center City and Northeast Philly.) Read more »

2015 BEST Hoagie

Turkey Diablo From Primo Hoagies

Multiple locations

Restaurant purists may bitch about the chain-ification of our city, but the Turkey Diablo (with its thin-sliced turkey and hot-pepper cheese) is all the reason we need to celebrate Primo’s omnipresence. You can find this darn-near-perfect sandwich all over the city, in the ‘burbs, at the Shore … you name it. Read more »

2014 BEST Hoagie

Via Roma

3200 Ridge Pike, Norristown, PA

Remember when hoagies were actual hoagies? This Italian one will take you back: shredded lettuce, cold cuts and cheeses stacked high, sandwich oil astringent with oregano, and a perfect soft roll that sponges up all of it. Read more »

2013 BEST Italian Hoagie


1528 Packer Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Readers’ Choice: We Philadelphians should know that a good Italian hoagie should be appreciated like a fine work of art. Out tasters seriously contemplated the nuances that make a sandwich superior: capicola or presciutto? Plain or seeded bun? Oregano or vinegar? In the end, Pastificio, with tissue thin slices of four Italian meats, tangy provolone… Read more »

2010 BEST Hoagie (Suburbs)

DiCostanzas Italian Sandwiches

1930 Market Street, Boothwyn, PA

It’s probably not on your beaten path, this sandwich shop with a Boothwyn address (GPS tip: actually not in Boothwyn more like Upper Chichester), but you won’t regret the detour. Salty prosciutto, capicola, ham and salami add up to an Italian hoagie so gratifying that the owners have made a business actually shipping them to… Read more »