Primanti Brothers was founded in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Joe Primanti. During the Great Depression, Primanti invented his infamous sandwich, which contains grilled meat, coleslaw made with Italian dressing, tomatoes, and a few French fries on Italian bread. This sandwich is still the signature favorite of the restaurant.
Today, Primanti Brothers operates a chain of casual restaurants, which feature Joe’s sandwiches. There are 16 locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, and a few more on the Eastern seaboard. It has long been a tradition to have a Primanti Brothers sandwich after the local bars close at 2AM.
The company has been named in several publication and television shows, including National Geographic and Man vs. Food. In 2008. President Obama and Jon Stewart visited a Primanti Brothers restaurant after Stewart recommended that the President try one of their famous sandwiches.