I recently found myself in Philadelphia, and decided to take the opportunity to finally sample one of the hallowed delicacies I have fantasized about while perusing the Roadfood forums. So I left the Omni armed with some mapquest.com directions, and took a zig-zagging route to Sarcone's in search of lunch.
I stepped into the somewhat dark and crowded deli and placed my order...a medium Italian hoagie for myself, and a small Italian hoagie for my wife. After waiting around ten minutes for a few other orders to be taken care of (including a grilled red pepper and mozzarella hoagie that made me wish I'd skipped breakfast), I recieved the hoagies. They came wrapped tightly in both wax and white paper, and I sat down with my wife at one of the little tables on the sidewalk outside the deli to unwrap them.
When I unwrapped my hoagie, my senses were assaulted by both the visual beauty and the delectible smell. Perfect layers of prosciutto, hot sopressata, and hot coppa are perfectly complimented by provolone, ripe tomatoes, and thinly sliced onions. The masterpiece is finished off with a dusting of dried herbs and a drizzle of oil and vinegar, the whole work framed in one of Sarcone's fresh and perfectly crusty hoagie rolls.
The taste was out of this world...hands-down the best sandwich I have ever eaten in my life. As I finished my sandwich, I so badly wanted to get another Italian hoagie to go...but then I realized that as the sandwich travelled the bun would absorb jucies and get soggy, and the sandwich would be somewhat flawed. I wanted my memory of Sarcone's to be that of the perfect hoagie, not one that might deteriorate with travel, so I walked away...vowing to return one day.
Behold: Sarcone's Italian Hoagie