The Italian sub goes by many names. And what you call it says a lot about where you’re from. According to a Thrillist article, by food writer Adam Lapetina, if you call it a hoagie, you’re from Philly; if you call it a grinder, you’re from New England; if you call it a wedge, you’re from Westchester or Yonkers, NY; if you call it a hero, you’re from New York City and if you call it a Blimpie, you’re from New Jersey, where this brand name has become the “Kleenex of sub names.” And of course, in Italy, most sandwiches are called panini (panino is a single sandwich).
However you menu an Italian sub, your customers will appreciate the heartiness of meat (or plant-based “meat”) pressed into a melty panini or stacked into a crusty roll. We found examples of hoagies, grinders, subs and paninis sure to make that special sandwich offer extra enticing.