There are a number of different versions as to how the hoagie got its name, but no matter what version you believe, all agree on one thing…it started in Philadelphia, and in Tucson it started at the Hogie House!
The most widely accepted story centers on an area of Philadelphia known as Hog Island, which was home to a shipyard during World War I. The Italian immigrants working there would bring giant sandwiches made with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers for their lunches. These workers were nicknamed “Hoggies”. Over the years, the name was attached to the sandwich as well, but under a different spelling.