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Jun 21, 2009 08:26 AM

"Best Hoagie" controversy

The Philadelphia Inquirer had an article the other day claiming that Paesano's in Philly won the "Best Hoagie" contest. If I recall the article correctly, the judges evaluated over 100 hoagies and finally narrowed it down the best half dozen. Paesano's -- where is it located? -- was the knockout winner.

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  1. Why is that a controversy?

    Paesano's is on Girard. Search the board and you'll find lots of posts about it.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

      I think the only "controversy" was that the fans seemed to prefer primo.

      1. re: leepinleemur

        The contest was run by WIP. Sixty plus hoagie shops were evaluated for italian hoagies only. There was a final judging live by celebrity judges. Finalists included Paesanos, Salumeria, Sarcones, Primos (not sure which location), Pallante's in Richford, Carlino's in Ardmore, Paesano's was the winner, and Primo's was voted as the fan favorite.

      2. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        Since the topic was broached, I had a couple of "issues" with this taste test (both the WIP list and the followup judging).

        1) Paesano's may have the best Italian hoagie, but it's not a hoagie shop. I realize that the competition was strictly over Italian hoagies, but Paesano's and the competition are different places and comparing them in general doesn't make a lot of sense. So the way that I read the list is that Sarcone's (2nd place) is the best hoagie shop, because I can go there and order 20+ delicious hoagies.

        2) Why wasn't Cosmi's on the original WIP list? It's a damn shame. This place has won Best of Philly cheesesteak twice and I don't think their cheesesteaks are that special. But their hoagies are top notch and they get snubbed on this list. What gives?

        1. re: barryg

          Hoagies are like pizza. Everyone likes a different one. I tried Cosmi's about a month ago but was very unimpressed. Nothing special for me. Sarcone's and Primo are way too bready. I want all the ingredients to stand out not just the bread.