FLASH CHAT: Chatting with Paesano Philly Style’s Chris Peterman

This is the first installment of Flash Chat, a segment in which I converse with people from various establishments in the Italian Market.

Not quite an interview and not quite a Q&A, Flash Chat will aim to get to the core of the business: what it stands for and what makes it worth knowing about!

I hope to discover some piquant information and to gain a more in-depth understanding of the people and culture of 9th Street in the process.

Without further ado, I present you with FLASH CHAT. This week’s chat was with Chris Peterman. Note: Interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Paesano's sign

Paesano’s sign via Yelp user Fred B. on Paesano’s Yelp.com page.

Name: Chris Peterman

Business: Paesano’s Philly Style on 9th Street

Other locations: 2nd & Girard, Memories at Margate, Lincoln Financial Field

When was Paesano’s established? The first Paesano’s opened approximately five years ago [2010], that was the 2nd and Girard location; and our location has been open for almost four years now [2011].

What is the mantra of Paesano’s Philly Style? We’re always putting love into everything we do. We use fresh ingredients and put a Philly twist on it. That’s why our catchphrases are, “Jaeet Yet?” and “Puttin’ the Love in Your Mouth.”

How do you incorporate that into your dishes? We make sure every ingredient that is in the sandwich gets the utmost attention and tastes exactly the same every time that we do it. We like our sandwiches to be consistent through every bite.

Who comes up with the ideas for all the different flavor and ingredient combinations? Our chef, Chef Peter MacAndrews, who has several other restaurants also.

What is the best-selling product at Paesano’s? The Paesano, our signature sandwich. It’s made with beef brisket and has fried egg on top.

What do you think keeps customers coming back? Probably our friendliness when they come in here. And then obviously the delicious flavor of the sandwiches that they can’t find anywhere else!

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Paesano’s is a must-try spot in the Italian Market, and home to my favorite sandwich of all time, the Arista! Check it out in my selection of The 8 Most Crave-Worthy Foods in the Italian Market for Under $10.

What are some 9th Street establishments you’d like to see featured in Flash Chat? Share your thoughts in the comments!