When Other Sandwich Shops Shut Their Doors, Cosmi’s Deli is your Godfather

Sometimes I get major Italian hoagie cravings that take over my mind. This can happen at any time of day. The problem around Philly is that our hoagie shops are so amazing that they often run out of bread and close. And then I turn in to the Hulk. Nobody wants that. Such was the case, when a late lunch craving hit. I was out of luck at Ricci’s and Chickie’s. Luckily, for me and anyone in the path of my death stare, I discovered Cosmi’s was not far by and open until 9pm.

My eyes immediately fell on The Godfather: prosciutto,sopressata, mozzarella, roasted peppers, sun dried tomato, oil, vinegar, and chunks of green olive on top- a dreamy combination. I really would love to use a Godfather quote here, but I am more of a Goodfellas girl. Anywhoo, the filling in this fella was salty and meaty, pretty perfect. But, the bread was not great. I realized later that I could have shelled out $10.50 instead of $8.50 to get it on a seeded roll. Sneaky, sneaky. But probably very worth it.

I tried a meatball off my friend’s hoagie, it was decent, a little spongey. Stick to the cured meats with the better bread, and you will be a-ok, friends.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Sandwiches all day
  • Meat topped with olives!

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Standard bread is lackluster

Cosmi’s, 1501 S 8th St (@ Dickinson St), 215 468-6093


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    As far back as I can remember, I’ve always [loved Cosmi's]. ;)

    (Though I’m personally a Once Upon a Time in America guy, myself…)


    Second-greatest cheesesteak in the world, behind only Dalessandro’s.

    Yes, definitely worth the upgrade to the seeded (Sarcone’s, I believe?) hoagie roll.

    I haven’t been there for about six months, though, and if I recall it used to only be a $1 upgrade. They do run out of seeded rolls by evening, sometimes, unfortunately. Just for the record.

    I haven’t tried the Godfather yet, but now it’s definitely at the top of my list. In fact, now that I think of it, I’ve been there like 19 times now, but have only ever had the Italian, the Sicilian or the cheesesteak (provolone, fried onions).

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