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Amoroso and 'Italian Peoples' rolls?

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Inspired by this thread regarding "good Italian rolls",
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/708621

I got to thinking about how I've always said (even after a lot of searching), "There's nothing like an Italian Peoples roll.

Since I'm pretty sure that this board will have readers that will either agree with me (or at least conceded that these two bakeries give the Philly/NJ area rolls like nowhere else) I thought I'd ask the following to a population who are more likely to know:

1. Any guesses as to what makes both of them so darn good?
2. Does anyone have a recipe and/or tips for making something at home that even comes close to either of these?

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  1. Oh my gosh, I remember living in Trenton when the Peoples bakery was open nearly 24/7. It was lovely to stop in there around 2 am and get hot rolls right off the conveyor belt. The smell was nirvana. My best guess for both is that they are ridiculously fresh for starters.

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    1. re: givemecarbs

      Freshness is definitely a BIG part of it but (at least to me) there is something else.
      I've found on the web that some people use malt powder in their recipe. I think I'll give that a try for starters.

      1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

        Can't get fresher than DIY! Report back here on your efforts Bryan, inquiring hounds want to know.