June 16, 2009 |
Ike Reese was getting annoyed with Vai Sikahema's reviews. Too long-winded apparently. Too attentive to detail. On Saturday, the ex-Eagles turned broadcasters were among a half-dozen celebrity judges at the Fox & Hound Pub in King of Prussia, ready to declare the winner of WIP's Great Hoagie Hunt. A huge crowd was on hand as well, devouring free samples and ready to vote for its favorite, too. The judges had just sampled Italian hoagies from Paesano's in Northern Liberties - which came into the event as the favorite.
June 11, 2009 |
The backbone of any good Italian hoagie - any well-made sandwich, really - is the bread, says Glen Macnow of WIP-AM (610). "You get another stale roll that bites you back, that's the killer right there," says the sports-radio talk-show host. At least three quality meats are also required (prosciutto, capicolla, mortadella, Genoa salami) - "Don't try to give me baloney" - along with sharp provolone that announces its presence in every bite; "snappy" onions; fresh tomatoes and long hot peppers marinated in oil for months.
June 5, 2009 |
The major munching phase of the Great Hoagie Hunt is over, and results, ratings and reviews are in. But not the final verdict as to who is No. 1. The top spot, at the moment, goes to Paesano's of Northern Liberties, which edged out Sarcone's Deli of South Philadelphia. That's the gastronomic judgment of sport-talker Glen Macnow of WIP (610 AM), who just finished his fifth yearly quest for the best of a popular food. Previous lists ranked ribs, burgers, pizza and cheesesteaks.
January 13, 2009
THANKFULLY Donovan McNabb picked up his regular chicken-cheesesteak hoagie from Talk of the Town (3020 S. Broad) Saturday afternoon before the Iggles rolled up to East Rutherford to dwarf the Giants Sunday. We told you last week how the Birds were victorious several times on the road when D-Mac stopped into the steak shop for his last Philly meal before leaving. After our report, B101's Morning Show with Tiffany and Michael had kicker David Akers on-air Friday, and he said that he would try a sandwich there.
July 27, 2008 |
Wawa sells 70 million hoagies a year. "If you know anyone who makes more, I'd like to meet them," says Philadelphia bread-factory owner Leonard Amoroso Jr. Wawa does big business in Cokes, smokes and gasoline. But what sets it apart from 7-Eleven, Sunoco's Atlantic mini-marts, or the Pantry 1 chain that occupies discarded Wawa stores is the labor-intensive fresh-hoagie counter. Which depends on hoagie rolls. Until recently, most Wawa hoagies were served on rolls made by Amoroso's Baking Co. at its 55th Street plant in Southwest Philadelphia.
March 21, 2008 |
Chris Myers has an easy smile and quick handshake at the VFW post in Mount Holly. He's comfortable being among fellow veterans as they pick up tuna and Italian hoagies at the post fund-raiser. Myers, 42, of Medford, is a candidate in the Republican primary on June 3 to replace retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton in the Third District seat. A former Navy lieutenant, Myers is a Gulf War veteran. He's running in a district that has almost 95,000 retired and active military men and women and their families, a number his campaign says is the highest concentration of military voters in the state.
March 6, 2008 |
They will feast on hoagies and cheesesteaks by the thousands. They will catnap on hotel linens. Spend lavishly on TV ads. Shell out for police overtime and storm local copy centers. For the next seven weeks in Pennsylvania, and especially in delegate-rich Philadelphia, the campaigners and journalists chronicling the race for the Democratic presidential nomination will spend millions of dollars as Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton pursue victory in the state's now-coveted primary.
November 11, 2007 |
Daniel Amoroso Sr., 91, president of Amoroso's Baking Co., died Tuesday at his home in Wynnewood. Amoroso's bread - crusty outside, soft inside - has been a Philadelphia tradition since Mr. Amoroso's Italian immigrant grandfather, Salvatore, fired up a brick oven in West Philadelphia almost 100 years ago. As a child, Mr. Amoroso learned to shape dough and shove it into a big, brick oven with a wooden paddle. Later, he dropped out of Overbrook High School to deliver bread to homes in Italian neighborhoods.
August 24, 2007
SO THE Chain Gang breaks the bank on its Big Italian extravaganza two weeks ago and within a week the company announces it needs to sell the building. Coincidence? We're not taking any chances. We're eating hoagies. And we're going to Slack's Hoagie Shack. Actually we're going right by Slack's Hoagie Shack, twice driving by the strip mall location at 2499 Aramingo Ave. Calling two hours ahead, we go pick up 12 sandwiches and three salads (yes, Gangsters ordered salads)
August 18, 2007 |
When I turned on the television and the picture quality was so poor that Lawrence Welk looked like Pamela Anderson, I told myself that things would eventually get better. When my children couldn't see "Mama's Family" through blizzardlike screen interference, I convinced them to turn it off and watch Solomon's Family instead. When my wife, LaVeta, said that she considered public television stations to be premium channels, I knew she was putting a happy face on our sad situation.