If you can say one thing about Italians, it's that they can eat — and they know how to do food right. But if you aren't eating Italian food the old-school way, then you're missing out. If you've been getting an Italian-style sandwich from a chain restaurant, for example, your head is probably going to explode when you try a real Italian hoagie with authentic 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 May 2017.
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