The History of the Hoagie

Much like the submarine sandwich, hoagies are made-to-order sandwiches filled with lettuce, onion, tomato, meat and cheese with an oregano-vinegar dressing on an Italian bun.

It has been agreed that it was created in Philadelphia but there are a few different stories on how it got its name.

The most widely accepted story takes us to Hog Island, an area of Philly, where a WW1 Shipyard employed many an Italian immigrant.  These workers would bring giant sandwiches made with vegetables, meat, cheese, spices and oil that they nicknamed ‘hoggies’.  Over the years after a change in spelling it became known as the hoagie.

A true Italian hoagie is made using Italian ham, prosciutto salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and herbed vinaigrette.

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