Started in 1938, LaSpada’s is a family run business that originated in Atlantic City, NJ and spread throughout the New Jersey/Pennsylvania/Delaware region. Having relocated to the Central Florida area, the family is carrying on a tradition of great food and bringing a little bit of a northern attitude.
Sandwich sizes run from 8-12inches and they are anything but skimpy with the amount of meat. The original cheesesteak, served with White American Cheese and onions, rivals any I’ve eaten anywhere, including Philadelphia. My favorite sandwich, though, is LaSpada’s Famous, an Italian sub of rather epic proportions. Featuring Proscuitto, Sopressata, Pepper Ham, Capiccola and Provolone Cheese. It’s as close to an Italian Deli sandwich I’ve found in the Orlando area.
All sandwiches come with the option of adding sweet, banana or hot peppers. They have a good selection of Philly-based Kerr Potato Chips, though I’m a bit disappointed in their drink selection. There’s a small cooler of Coke products as well as a Coke fountain. One highlight is the fresh brewed iced tea, both sweet and unsweet. I would hope for a more adventurous selection like that of 4 Rivers. Old Philadelphia bottled sodas? Cans of San Pelligrino Limonata? Bottles of Boylans? These are all options most northern sandwich shops offer so I was hoping the same of LaSpada’s.
With the addition of a new Sanford location, Central Florida now has three LaSpada’s. It’s a highly suggested lunch stop in my book.