The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies

/// July 26th, 2014

Seriously the best Italian Hoagie recipe around! Hold onto this one 😉

The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies! This recipe is perfect for parties, game day, or packed lunches. Let’s talk about sandwiches for a sec. Are you a fan? I’m the kind of girl who will happily eat me a sandwich all day/everyday – but my favorite kind of sandwich is a hoagie! More specifically, a Philly Style Italian Hoagie ← They are the best. And if you’ve never had one, you’re in for a major treat. I grew up in Philly and today I’m going to share with you the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicacy in your very own kitchen.

The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies! This recipe is perfect for parties, game day, or packed lunches. All of the meats + all of the cheese + all of the vegetables make this sandwich sensational.

To make this recipe you’ll need: romaine lettuce, juicy tomatoes, red onion, provolone cheese, prosciutto, capicola, genoa salami, soprassata salami, red wine vinegar, dried oregano, olive oil, and hot cherry pepper hoagie spread. You should be able to find all of these ingredients at any grocery store, but if you have an Italian deli nearby, it’s worth making an extra trip.

FYI: This is the Hot Cherry Pepper Hoagie Spread I use.

You’ll also need hoagie rolls! Again, if you can, grab these from a bakery or Italian deli. The fresher the bread, the better the sandwich. Any serious hoagie connoisseur knows the first step to building a solid sandwich is starting with a soft but crusty bread base! It’s worth being fussy over.

The #1 thing I love about this recipe? It tastes like a million bucks but comes together in just 5 minutes! Yep. FIVE. I mean, I know it’s a sandwich… but still! This means you can make these crowd pleasing, hearty hoagies for dinner, lunch, or picnics and still have tons of time to do all the other life things you may need to do.

The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies! This recipe is perfect for parties, game day, or packed lunches. The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies! This recipe is perfect for parties, game day, or packed lunches. And the clean up? Easy peasy! One knife, a cutting board, and for serving? I say paper plates all the way! To be 100% honest, I ate mine straight off the parchment paper 😉 So don’t feel the need to be all fancy! Just make em’, eat em’ and enjoy! xoxo

The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies! This recipe is perfect for parties, game day, or packed lunches.

The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies


  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 long Italian hoagie rolls
  • 1/4 lb prosciutto
  • 1/4 lb capicola
  • 1/4 lb genoa salami
  • 1/4 lb hot soprassata salami
  • 1/4 lb sharp provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup iceberg or romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup hot cherry pepper hoagie spread


  1. Slice the rolls lengthwise, cutting only half way through. Remove the thick, fluffy dough center of the bread and discard it. Set rolls aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar and oregano; slowly add in the oil, whisking as you pour to emulsify the mixture.
  3. Drizzle a small amount of the oil/vinegar mixture on the rolls, then layer the cheese and meats.
  4. Top with the tomatoes, onions, lettuce, then peppers. Drizzle with additional oil/vinegar, cut in half, and serve!

Next try Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas!

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas are loaded with meat, cheese, pepper, and onions! Serve with marinara sauce, ketchup, or sour cream.

photos for this post were updated 10/4/2015

The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies! This recipe is perfect for parties, game day, or packed lunches.

26 thoughts on “The Best Philly Style Italian Hoagies

  1. alyssa

    This is right on Ashley! I have been nonstop dreaming of White House since you posted your pics and now this!? We can’t get good hoagie bread here in Seattle so I will have to keep drooling until my next visit home. Your killin’ me!!!

  2. anthony izzo

    Your hoagie is very authentic. I live in south philadelphia where it was created. It started when workers at the philadelphia navy yard stopped at a corner shop on their way to work to buy their lunch. The shop was called Emils. The navy yard was located on land called Hog island. Customers were referred to as “Hogies’ I don’t know how the ‘A’ got into the spelling. Please feel sorry for me. I live in an area called Passyunk Avenue.with 30 restaurants in 5 minutes from my house by walking. Check k it out on the web. ‘Passyunk

  3. Joybee

    Wow. I’m drooling. I didn’t have time to check out the recipe thoroughly, but I’m pinning this so I can check it out later. Just looking at the pictures make my mouth water. I wish I had one of these for lunch…bet they’d be great to eat while watching football (or anytime).

  4. Sourdoughgirl

    Besides the sad lack of good hoagie bread in Seattle, I am wondering what “hot cherry pepper hoagie spread” is. Do you have a recipe for it? I’m guessing the sandwich would be a little underwhelming without it. Am I right? Would really like to try it. Thanks.

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hi! Hot cherry pepper spread is a store bought condiment I typically find in the same aisle as roasted red peppers, pickles, etc. I’m going to add a link to the post now :)

  5. Karen

    Found on Pinterest and whoa this is good! Unfortunately my market was out of soprassata and I used pepperoncini instead of the hoagie spread–so easy and tasty! Now to hide the leftovers from my husband :)

  6. Ron Heffner

    Made these tonight for the family. Funny thing was, had most of the ingredients left over from a charcuterie display from a Christmas party! This sandwich rocks! Thanks.

  7. Joanna

    So glad I found this Hoagie recipe!! Going to Philadelphia Terminal Market to get the meats and cheese. Must get the best quality meats. Please do not buy imitation meats from the Supermarket. Rolls too make sure you get Italian Hoagie rolls. Look delicious!! Having mines Philly style with plain chips n a cold Pepsi.

  8. john, USN RETIRED

    I was stationed in Philly at the ship yard, and in Jersey 50 mile north, and I married a Philly gal kids grew up many years there, And love Hoagies and cheese steaks ,, Prior to the cheese whiz crap of course.
    I lived all over the country and find it a joke when may places try and make them. Its not brain surgery and pretty simple but yet they screw them up.
    The biggest mistake many make is the Roll. Its Italian Bread morons not hot dog buns. I live in Ohio and only place I found that comes close was Milano’s. But when I am desperate I eat Jimmy Johns, I did try Jersey Mikes as I knew knew him and ate his subs at the jersey shore when he started out, How ever what they now call Jersey Mikes is far from what he made. So all and all if I want a true Philly Hoagie or cheese steak I find a loaf of Italian bread and get the fixers and make my own. I also have a lot of heart burn with this idea of steam het subs and with Mayo,, literally.

    1. bakerbynature Post author

      Hey John! I’m grew up in Philly and can totally relate! I’m always shocked how many places mess up such a simple and delicious thing. If you give this “recipe” a try, let me know :)

  9. Mary

    To make a good photo, the meats, cheeses and vegetables are layered — Hoagie Pros wrap the meats and cheeses with one swipe of the knife around the veggies, so the Hoagie can be eaten by a working man with one hand.

  10. Steve Gray

    I ate and loved hoagie sandwiches as a kid in the 1950s, but it was in western PA (Butler to be specific). The Hoagie Shoppe in Butler started in the 50s and is still going strong today — expended to three stores. Their best and most popular recipe was very similar to this Italian one. However, their self-baked rolls were not crispy on the outside and had a touch of sweetness in the dough. Delicious — and really missed now that I live near Seattle. By the way — the Butler, PA “Hoagie Shoppe” has a website and also a Facebook page with recipes and photos. They offer a variety of hoagie sandwiches. Thanks for the recipe.


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