A Philadelphia Cheesesteak, also known as Philly cheesesteak, or cheesesteak is the most famous food invented in Philadelphia.
- Amoroso or Vilotti-Pisanelli bread rolls.
- Cheez Whiz, provolone, and American cheese are the most commonly used cheeses. White American cheese along with provolone cheese are the favorites due to the mild flavor and medium consistency of American cheese.
- The meat traditionally used is thinly sliced rib-eye or top round. On a lightly oiled griddle at medium temperature, the steak slices are quickly browned and then scrambled into smaller pieces with a flat spatula. Slices of cheese are then placed over the meat, letting it melt, and then the roll is placed on top of the cheese. The mixture is then scooped up with a spatula, pressed into the roll, and cut in half.
- Common additions include sautéed onions, peppers, mushrooms, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, pepper and ketchup.
The cheesesteak was developed in the early 20th century.
Philadelphians Pat and Harry Olivieri are often credited with inventing the sandwich by serving chopped steak on an “Italian” roll in the early 1930s. The exact story behind its creation is debated, but in some accounts, Pat and Harry Olivieri originally owned a hot dog stand, and on one occasion, decided to make a new sandwich using chopped beef and grilled onions. While Pat was eating the sandwich, a cab driver stopped by and was interested in it, so he requested one for himself. After eating it, the cab driver suggested that Olivieri quit making hot dogs and instead focus on the new sandwich. They began selling this variation of steak sandwiches at their hot dog stand near South Philadelphia’s Italian Market. They became so popular that Pat opened up his own restaurant which still operates today as Pat’s King of Steaks.
In front of this traditional restaurant there is another famous one: Geno’s Steaks. Since a long time ago there is a debate which is best.
The price is the same in both places 9,50$ and my friends and I decided to eat in the traditional one because there were more people waiting in line.
The sandwich was originally prepared without cheese; Olivieri claims provolone cheese was first added by Joe “Cocky Joe” Lorenza, a manager at the Ridge Avenue location.