For Tommy Nicolosi, going into the restaurant business seemed like a natural career move. After all, restaurateuring was in his blood. The family tradition traced back to 1918, the year that his Tommy's grandfather, Gaetano Nicolosi, opened a butcher shop in South Philly. He and his five sons enjoyed great success with this flagship shop, slowly transforming the simple butcher shop into a deli, too. It wasn't long before customers were coming from all over the city to get a taste of Gaetano's famed beef and roast park sandwiches.
Now nearly 100 years later, Tommy Nicolosi recreates those very sandwiches with cousin Franky DiClaudio at DiNic's, not far from Rittenhouse Claridge in Reading Terminal Market. The duo dishes out the fresh, filling sandwiches at Reading Terminal Market, and patrons continue to give them rave reviews. Pork and beef are two of the six options, which also include Italian sausage or pulled pork, meatballs, and brisket. Regulars suggest adding provolone cheese and broccoli rabe to your sandwich, too.