By Vittoria Woodill

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Well it’s not New York, New York, but at Matt and Marie’s Modern Italian sandwich shop in Center City, it’s pretty close.

These New York natives attended the prestigious Wharton School of Business, and then never left.

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For their dreams of retirement one day had them putting their heads together as young students at a diner way before graduation.

“I had this dream that I was going to retire someday and open up a sandwich shop and met Marie and she had that same dream too,” Matt told Eyewitness News.

So they shaved off a few decades until retirement and started a catering company between classes.

And then a shop in Philly’s financial district where they’re serving suits and some sandwiches stacked with flavor, stemming from italian roots.

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Different like their “Ducati Dealer” sandwich, a Vietnamese twist on hot sausage and peppers, with homemade pickled veggies.

But most of their sandwiches come from home. Marie’s even using imported cheese from her own Brooklyn neighborhood.

For Marie, her passion for food was genetic.
For matt it was magnetic.

“A few places that I’ve been to over the years just gave me that feeling. The person behind the counter had purpose,” he said. “I always wanted to be that person.”

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Vittoria Woodill