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Entry from October 02, 2011
Wedgie (sandwich)

"Wedgies” are a creation of Fox Pizza Den, a franchise based in Murraysville, PA. “Wedgie” is cited in print since at least 1983; Fox’s Pizza Den describes it as “a sandwich served on a pizza crust instead of a bun.” There are wedgies with turkey, chicken, ham, roast beef, and other main ingredients, topped with lettuce, tomato and mayo.

Other restaurants (mostly in Pennsylvania) also have “wedgies” on the menu.


Fox’s Pizza Den—Menu
WORLD FAMOUS WEDGIE!
Wedgies were created by Fox’s Pizza Den. Wedgies are a sandwich served on a pizza crust instead of a bun. We prepare our Wedgies on a 9” crust topped with lettuce, tomato & mayo, unless otherwise specified. 6.99 ea.
Steak...Turkey Breast...Chicken Breast...Club...Chicken Parmesan...Taco...Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar...Veggie Wedgie...Italian...Ham & Cheese...Roast Beef...BLT...Pizzaroni

Fox’s Pizza Den (Wrightstown, WI)
Wedgies - $6.99
Wedgies were created by Fox’s Pizza Den.  Wedgies are like a sandwich but served on a pizza crust instead of bun. Our wedgies are served on a 9” pizza crust.

John the Greek Food Concessions (Bethel Park, PA)
Our Story
John and Connie have always been involved in the food business. In the year of 1978, they had a gyro shop and their local church asked them to be a part of their greek food festival to sell gyros. This gave John an idea to try to take the concept of the gyro sandwich and introduce it to a larger public.
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Next we have 2 fresh dough pizza trailers which is another favorite stop at the fairs, here you can get pizza by the slice or a whole pie as well as wedgies and calzones.

Larry & Carol’s Pizza (Pittsburgh, PA)
Wedgies
Your favorite food wrapped into our famous dough. All wedgies come with lettuce, tomato, onion and cheese unless otherwise specified.
Ham Wedgies $9.00...Our Famous Steak Wedgies $9.99...Spinach Wedgies $9.00...Taco Wedgies $9.00...Veggie Wedgies $8.50...Meatball Wedgies $9.00...Hot Sausage Wedgies $9.00...Gyro Wedgies $9.00...Turkey Wedgies $9.00...Grilled Chicken Wedgies $9.99...Buffalo Chicken Wedgies $9.99...Chicken Broccoli Wedgies $10.99...Italian Wedgies $9.00

Bradlio’s Pizzeria (Pittsburgh, PA)
Wedgies
Wedgies are meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and dressing.
Meatball Wedgies...Steak Wedgies...Italiano Wedgies...Grilled Chicken Wedgies...Buffalo Chicken Wedgies...Gyro Wedgies...Taco Wedgies...Veggie Wedgies...Ham Wedgies

Google News Archive
13 December 1983, Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA). pg. B4, col. 6:
Pizza Shop Opens
Fox’s Pizza Den, a franchise operation which has 82 locations in fivestates, has opened at 114 East Pike Street in Canonsburg. The business features pizza hoagies and wedgies and offers home delivery.

11 September 1991, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Portion Big Item at Antonino’s,” pg. C4:
Antonino’s is a welcome oasis in Oakland’s fast-food badlands. Open for a little more than a year at 3614 Fifth Ave. across from Children’s Hospital, it bills itself as a pizza and Italian restaurant, serving pasta and seafood dishes in addition to familiar student fare. My companion and I shared some of each.

Splitting a steak wedgie ($6 small, $8.25 large) allowed us to order the lasagna ($7.95), too.

Google Books
Small Business Sourcebook:
The entrepreneur’s resource

By Yolander A Johnson, Sonya D. Hill and Julie A. Mitchell
Detroit, MI: Gale Research
1998
Pg. ?:
Description of Operation: A complete pizza and sandwich operation, offering both fresh dough and shell pizza. Six different size pizzas, plus a large variety of sandwiches and Fox’s famous Wedgies (a sandwich made on a pizza shell).

Maryland Community Newspapers Online
Bellisario’s knows how to do everything right
Mar. 29, 2001
by Alexandra Chilton/The Gazette
Bellisario’s Pizza
Location: 934 East Street, Frederick
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They also serve wedgies. For those who aren’t sure, a wedgie is not a prank having to do with underwear, but rather a hoagie baked in pizza dough. They come in two varieties, steak ($7.25) or Italian ($7). Besides meat, customers will find onions, tomato, lettuce, cheese and dressing in the package. Continuing on the “trite” theme, I must say that upon observing another customer’s steak wedgie...oooh-la-la!

Google News Archive
3 November 2002, Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA), pg. B7, col. 4:
THE PEPPERONI PIE CO., selling pizza, hoagies, calzones, wedgies, wings and salads, has opened for business at 227 DeMar Boulevard and the corner of Route 19 in North Strabane Township.

Google News Archive
31 October 2003, Pittsburgh (PA ) Post-Gazette, “Munch goes to Tozzi Pizza,” pg. 33, cols. 1-5:
The hand-tossed pizzas, the calzones and hoagies, provolone sticks and ...wedgies? What on earth?
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A wedgie, Tozzi-style, is a pizza shell folded in half over typical hoagie fillings, Our Italian one had capicola ham and salami, onions, cheese and lettuce.

Flickr
John the Greek
By rentavet
This photo was taken on August 13, 2009.
COMMENTS
Hobgrumble (25 months ago)
What exactly is a “wedgie sub”?!
Sounds like something .. dangerous.

rentavet (25 months ago)
I think they use pizza dough instead of a bun and sometimes they can be dangerous!

Lehigh Valley InSite
August 27, 2009
The Great Allentown Fair
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Vince’s cheesesteaks are outstanding; same goes for a wedgie from John the Greek.

Serious Eats
Has anyone ever had a “wedgie”?
Posted by diane2001v, October 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM
I just ate something pretty amazing...It was from a Fair stand called a Wedgie. It consisted of ham, pepperoni, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, with Italian dressing baked into pizza dough. It was kind of like half stromboli, half hoagie/sub. And, it was pretty amazing! The stand was called John the Greek. I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this delicacy?

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