Anyone who has been to Pittsburgh can tell you about the wonderful Primanti Brothers sandwiches which are a local delicacy. Coleslaw, fries, cheese, and meat (or no meat for you veggies) on thickly sliced Italian bread brings a taste of Pittsburgh to wherever you may be. You can substitute your favorite meat for the capicola.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, white vinegar, and white sugar in a large bowl; add the cabbage and toss to coat. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour.

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  • Heat oil in deep-fryer or large deep pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C); add the potato slices; cook until crispy and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. Arrange the capicola in four separate stacks in the skillet and top each stack with 1 slice mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, and Swiss cheese; heat until the cheese begins to melt.

  • Arrange 4 slices of Italian bread on 4 separate plates. Top each slice with a stack of capicola and melted cheese; about 1 1/2 cups of the cabbage mixture, 1 slice onion, 1 slice tomato, and about 1/4 of the fried potatoes. Top with the remaining bread slices. Cut each sandwich in half to serve.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

1115.8 calories; 38.7 g protein; 76.8 g carbohydrates; 93.3 mg cholesterol; 1346.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2013
This was delicious but I have to agree w/ the other reviewer's that said the slaw was all wrong...Primanti's does use a vinegar based slaw not mayo based. This was still very good and everyone really enjoyed them for dinner tonight. I would def make these again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2010
I haven't tried this recipe but I am from Pittsburgh and grew up eating these sandwiches. They are the best sandwich you will ever eat. The coleslaw in this recipe is all wrong. As another user wrote Primanti's doesn't use mayo or milk in their recipe. I have made these sandwiches at home a bunch of times and found a coleslaw recipe on this site that tastes pretty much exactly like they use in the restaurant. The recipe is called Amish Slaw. Also capicola isn't the only meat you can use...they have a wide variety of choices at the restaurant from cheesesteak roast beef turkey cajun chicken pastrami egg and cheese fish...basically whatever you can imagine. Also throw some french fries on your next salad and you got a Pittsburgh salad! Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2013
This was delicious but I have to agree w/ the other reviewer's that said the slaw was all wrong...Primanti's does use a vinegar based slaw not mayo based. This was still very good and everyone really enjoyed them for dinner tonight. I would def make these again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2010
I haven't tried this recipe but I am from Pittsburgh and grew up eating these sandwiches. They are the best sandwich you will ever eat. The coleslaw in this recipe is all wrong. As another user wrote Primanti's doesn't use mayo or milk in their recipe. I have made these sandwiches at home a bunch of times and found a coleslaw recipe on this site that tastes pretty much exactly like they use in the restaurant. The recipe is called Amish Slaw. Also capicola isn't the only meat you can use...they have a wide variety of choices at the restaurant from cheesesteak roast beef turkey cajun chicken pastrami egg and cheese fish...basically whatever you can imagine. Also throw some french fries on your next salad and you got a Pittsburgh salad! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2009
I'm only giving this recipe 3 stars because while it may be able to stand on its own merits it's certainly not in the style of Primanti Brothers. The coleslaw is unfortunately all wrong and in this case it is the coleslaw which is unique to PB. They do not use mayo or milk in their coleslaw which gives it its unique taste and texture. Also I believe the olive oil has much too strong a taste to use for the fries. That being said it's still a good recipe even though I'd never add milk in any coleslaw. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
I've had these sandwiches in Pittsburg..They are to die for!! We'll be having them for our party tomorrow for the SUPER BOWL!! TKS bakerbarb Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2013
This was delicious but I have to agree w/ the other reviewer's that said the slaw was all wrong...Primanti's does use a vinegar based slaw not mayo based. This was still very good and everyone really enjoyed them for dinner tonight. I would def make these again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/05/2017
Primantis coleslaw is cabbage oil sugar salt pepper. I made it weekly for years at a primantis location Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2015
Very good. Use the amish slaw in allrecipies. Read More