Phil Cerami and Jim Landis founded Phil & Jim's Delicatessen in 1962 in Parkside, PA. The original concept was built around their take on the famous Cheesesteak sandwich, which originated in Philadelphia in the 1930s. The concept was simple: sell the greatest tasting cheesesteaks and hoagies in a friendly and fast casual atmosphere. Over the next few years, Phil & Jim's quickly gained a following and the store was sold in 1969 to Florenz "Gus" Guasperini and his partner and best friend, Tony Tancredi.
Unfortunately, Tony passed away in 1973 and Gus continued on as the sole owner and operator of Phil & Jim's. Over the years, many individuals from all walks of life have found their home for cheesesteaks and hoagies at Phil & Jim's. Gus' consistent and disciplined focus on providing top quality sandwiches and true customer value in service and dining atmosphere crafted the business into what it is known for today: simply the best cheesesteaks and hoagies in the region, period.
After owning the store for fifty years, Gus retired and recently passed away. We will miss him and he will be a part of Phil & Jim's forever. The shop is now owned by Costa and Dan Miller, cousins who grew up locally and worked at Phil & Jim's in the 80's and 90's. Both Costa and Dan have Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management degrees from Penn State and have been in the hospitality industry for 35 years.
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