Local Sub Shop Talks History of the Philly Cheesesteak

When it comes to iconic American sandwiches, the cheesesteak sub holds a special place in the hearts and stomachs of many. That’s why this month, your favorite sub shop is diving into the fascinating history of the cheesesteak sub and exploring some fun facts that make it an enduring favorite in the world of sandwiches!

The Birth of the Cheesesteak

The cheesesteak’s origins can be traced back to the vibrant city of Philadelphia in the early 20th century. While the precise details of its creation are the subject of debate, one name frequently associated with its inception is Pat Olivieri. 

As the story goes, in 1930, Pat Olivieri, a hot dog vendor, decided to cook up some thinly sliced beef from his butcher on his grill. A passing cab driver was enticed by the aroma, and he requested a steak sandwich. Pat served the grilled beef on an Italian roll and handed it over to the cabbie. The sandwich was an instant hit, and the cheesesteak was born!

Cheese Choice: Whiz, American, or Provolone?

One of the defining features of a classic cheesesteak sub is the choice of cheese. While the original cheesesteak used provolone cheese, the famous debate over cheese options centers around two other contenders: American cheese and Cheez Whiz.

  • Provolone: For those who prefer a milder, creamier cheese, provolone is the way to go. Its smooth texture complements the tender beef and soft roll, providing a rich and slightly tangy flavor.
  • American Cheese: American cheese lovers appreciate the way it melts seamlessly into the steak, creating a gooey, comforting bite. It’s a popular choice for those looking for a more traditional take on the cheesesteak.
  • Cheez Whiz: Widely debated but nonetheless beloved by many, Cheez Whiz offers a distinct flavor with a creamy, velvety consistency. It’s the choice for those who like their cheesesteaks with an extra dose of cheese sauce.

Fun Facts About Cheesesteaks

  • The Guinness World Record for the longest cheesesteak ever made was set in 2016 at 480 feet, prepared in Philadelphia. It required over 800 pounds of beef and 400 pounds of cheese.
  • Sylvester Stallone’s famous character, Rocky Balboa, helped popularize the cheesesteak even further when he famously ran up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then enjoyed a cheesesteak in the movie “Rocky.”
  • Philadelphia’s love for cheesesteaks is so profound that there’s even a museum dedicated to them. The Philly Cheesesteak History Museum showcases the history and cultural significance of the sandwich, complete with exhibits and memorabilia.


Visit Your Local Sub Shop, Alley Cat Pizzeria

In the mood to stop in at your favorite sub shop? Rest assured we have a little bit of everything to cater to your tastebuds at Alley Cat Pizzeria! For more information on all of our delicious options, check out our online menu today. 

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