Whenever I visit a new city for the first time, I often peruse through Yelp to get a sense of where to eat. I imagine that most people would have the same thought that we had – Philly Cheesesteak. The problem is that my girlfriend is a vegetarian and I am not. But she wanted to try a veggie version of the cheesesteak, so I decided to put it out there on the boards: Where is the best place to get both a vegetarian and meat philly cheesesteak? Well, it sparked a little debate, a whole lot of suggestions, and the comparison a comparison to DiFara’s Pizza in Brooklyn.
The best recommendation was from Brad “scold penguin every day” P.:
“Eric, please don’t get another cheesesteak on your way out. In fact, please forget cheesesteaks altogether. They hardly represent the vibrant, powerful Philadelphia food scene. If you want a great sandwich, go to Paesano’s.”
Unfortunately Philly cheesesteak, for better or worse, do represent Philly. whether they like it or not. I did not take his advice to skip the cheesesteak. We had one, it was good, but forgettable in the evening when we took Brads advice and went to Paesano’s. The bottom line is that Paesano’s could easily represent all that is unique and wonderful about Philly in one, single, savory bite. If you find yourself even remotely close to Philly, please make a beeline to this place, immediately! My girlfriend had the vegetarian Giardina – Roasted Eggplant, Roasted Fennel, Caramelized Peppers & Onions, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil Pesto and I had The meaty Arista – Roasted Suckling Pig, Italian Long Hots, Broccoli Rabe & Sharp Provolone. Pictures below.
152 W Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19123