I was trying to think of the best way to celebrate President’s Day, and I decided on a place that highlights the quintessential sandwich from Philadelphia. For those that have an interest in historical facts, a mansion at 6th & Market Streets in Philadelphia served as the executive mansion for the first two Presidents of the United States, while the permanent national capital was under construction in the District of Columbia. Following a 16-month stay in New York City, George Washington occupied the President’s House in Philadelphia from November 1790 to March 1797. John Adams occupied it from March 1797 to June 1800, then became the first President to occupy The White House. For nearly a decade, the Philadelphia mansion served as the seat of the executive branch of the federal government, housed the public and private offices of the President, and was the site of the official entertaining of the nation (http://www.ushistory.org/presidentshouse/history/briefhistory.htm).
OK, so now on to the important stuff: where I went for lunch! I’ve heard about Gaglione Brothers Famous Steaks and Subs and decided to give it a try. Three brothers, Joe, Andy, and Tony Gaglione, opened the Point Loma location in 2004. There’s a second location in the Friars Village Shopping Center. The menu has many different sub sandwiches that come in 3 sub sizes. My husband and I both ordered 12 inch subs: I went with the Cheez Whiz Steak ($9.99) and Franz ordered the Father Joe, a classic Meatball Sub ($9.99). We split an order of Garlic Fries that were truly loaded with fresh chunks of garlic. I can eat a lot, but I should have ordered the smaller 8 inch size. I was stuffed!
I have a confession. I’ve never been to Philadelphia, so I’ve never had a real Philly Cheesesteak. I’ve never been to Geno’s nor Pat’s. I know, I know! Granted, I can’t tell you how Gaglione’s compares, but I can tell you they were very yummy sandwiches. The rolls were very fresh – an essential part of a great sandwich- and nicely toasted. The bread comes from Amoroso Baking Co. which, according to the Gaglione brothers, is a famous bakery in Philadelphia. The Father Joe was oozing with mozzarella, had a distinct taste of Parmesan, and the meatballs were full of flavor. The tomato sauce could have had a stronger flavor of herbs, but it was still a solid sandwich. The meat on the cheesesteak was so finely chopped and the Cheez Wiz was not too thick. It seemed to almost infuse itself with the meat and finely diced grilled onions. Franz has had the real deal at Pat’s in Philadelphia. He remembers Pat’s sandwiches as tasty, but a very greasy and messy. He liked that the Gaglione subs weren’t that way. I’ll go back. Next time, I think I’ll try the Sophia Loren: Capicolla, Genoa Salami, Pepperoni, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Pepperoncini, and Italian Dressing. And I think I’ll split a 12 inch with someone!
Take Care and Happy Eating!