Roast Pork Hero: A Philadelphia Italian Enclave Favorite

May 25, 2021 287

Roast Pork with Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Hero is a signature dish hailing from the great city of Philadelphia where many Italian immigrants settled.  It was originally created by Domenico Bucci, an Italian immigrant. This sandwich is a sibling to the famous Philly Cheesesteak.  In fact, we like it better.  

As for the history of this dish, Bucci came from Abruzzese to Philly to become the city’s first caterer.  He originally cooked for many weddings and local events.  In 1930, he built a wooden shack along the river on land that he leased from the B & O Railroad. His menu included two sandwiches, the roast pork and a meatball hero. 

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