Mattei Family Pizza's Mexican Cheesesteak

Mattei Family Pizza's Mexican Cheesesteak

Mattei Family Pizza's Mexican Cheesesteak

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Mattei Family Pizza, Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday after the election, and it was getting towards the end of dinner time.  I was envisioning a quick stop at Saladworks and then going home to wait for Thursday.

Mattei Family Pizza, Philadelphia, PA. 

I took one more URBER ride and ended up taking a very nice young man to Philadelphia. I have two grown daughters, he has three young daughters.  He let me get on my soapbox about raising daughters. 

I enjoyed the ride.  After I dropped him off, I did a quick Google search for pizza near me.  Mattei Family Pizza came up, and I saw they had a Mexican cheesesteak

The only question left did I take it to a brewery to get a beer, or do I head for home, Delaware.  Mattei Family Pizza is in Point Breeze.  I know Point Breeze is a good/up and coming neighborhood, but I am a frail old man from the suburbs and happy there was a police station nearby. 

Mattei’s is a nice little place.  The movie posters on the wall were written in Spanish, but they had a Dean Martin/Burt Reynolds feel.  They have tables inside and beer in the drink case.


The young men working were a treat.  I took my Mexican cheesesteak outside for a trunk picnic. I know styrofoam is terrible for the environment, but I like it for to-go cheesesteaks. 

The thicker sliced meat and roll jumped out of the styrofoam and smacked me in the face.  The meat was not chopped, and it stands out in a very delicious cheesesteak.  I had minor gristle issues.  You need to take smaller bites, which is a whole different issue for me.  The meat was excellent and noticeable but was the weak link of this cheesesteak. 

The roll was the star of this cheesesteak. This roll made a below-average/average cheesesteak better, and I now have to rethink my view of the roll’s role.  The roll was seeded and toasted.

What is a Mexican Cheesesteak

A mayonnaise-based refried bean concoction made this a Mexican cheesesteak.  There were Jalapeno’s with the refried beans, and they made this cheesesteak hot.

I don’t know where it came from, but this cheesesteak was oily.  We did have a roll blow out the issue.   I would pair this cheesesteak with mucho cervezas. 

Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure at Mattei Family Pizza, 1260 Point Breeze Ave, Philadelphia, PA.


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Jim PappasThe Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure -   Hi, my name is Jim Pappas, and I have eaten hundreds of different cheesesteaks in the last year. A year ago, May 16, 2018, I started my Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure to find the ultimate cheesesteak. To see more great cheesesteak places, check out my website at The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Adventure.

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