You've probably been eating Italian hoagies for years, which is what's going to make this news all the more disappointing. That flippin' delicious Italian meat and cheese sandwich from your local deli (or from your own kitchen) may have a few extra and totally inauthentic ingredients.
To keep it a classic Italian hoagie — and this might make some of you mad — you’ll need to hold the mustard, hold the mayonnaise, hold the bacon, pickles and sliced avocado. Because honestly, they just don't belong here.
Find the best 12-inch Italian-style hoagie roll you can get your hands on, slice, and then layer accordingly:
You can stuff your Italian hoagies with as much meat and cheese as you like, but we've found that 1/4 pound of each meat and cheese above yields about two good-size, well-proportioned hoagies.
And don't worry, you can still serve your fave sandwich with chips and an ice-cold drink.
Originally published March 2014. Updated September 2016.
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