1107 Walnut Street, Jefferson Hospital
A likeable husband-and-wife team of Wharton MBA grads own three downtown shops (other locations are at Rittenhouse Square and 18th and Arch), focusing on breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Give them credit for also focusing on top-notch ingredients â imported Italian provolone from Claudioâs, meats from Licini Brothers, bread from Liscioâs.READ MORE: Small Wins: Philadelphia Man Overcame Life Struggles To Become Face Of Clothing Brand
The $9.25 Meatball Parm is large enough for two to share, but tasty enough that you wonât want to. Itâs a seeded roll packed with all-beef meatballs and topped with mild provolone, pecorino romano and homemade marinara sauce highlighted by San Marzano tomatoes. Itâs a fun, extra-cheesy sandwich.
The meatballs have a great texture â not too soft, not too bouncy. What keeps them a tick short of excellent is that theyâre all beef, not the more interesting blend of beef, veal and pork.READ MORE: Suspect Gilbert Newton III Testifies, Damning Texts Read During Trial In Murder Of Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey
Why go all beef? Co-owner Nicole Marie Capp says many of their Center City customers have dietary restrictions to prevent them from eating pork. âWe wanted them to have a great sandwich, too,â she explains. OK, we get it.
Come here also for the âItalian Stallion,â which, despite its clichÃ© of a name, has a strong chance to compete the next time I get around to centering my annual food hunt on Italian hoagies.MORE NEWS: Pfizer Releases Data Stating Its Covid-19 Vaccine Safe, Effective For Children