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I used top work at First National State Bank on Bloomfield Ave., in Newark, NJ in the 70’s I made many trips to Dicky Dees for the wonderful Italian hot dogs. I remember them deep frying the hot dogs, using the bagel shaped Italian rolls, putting mustard in the bottom, then the hot dogs, topped with fried peppers, onions, deep fried potatoes and topped with ketchup. Now living in Vermont, I sure miss those hot dogs and Taylor Ham and cheese sandwiches which we use to get on the shore boardwalk.
OMG!!! I CANT BELIEVE SO MANY MEMORIES JUST RUSHED ME!When I read Robert Peloquin’s recall of the hot dogs in Newark I almost jumped out of my skin. Amato’s made the BEST — I was so little then and the memory even has it’s own smell! Here in Kansas I couldn’t match if I wanted to. Thank You Hank for the revival of a PERFECT memory! Without the big circle bread cut in halfs or quarters I don’t think it could come close to what I could create but this weekend is going to be a first class trial to repeat
A real Italian hotdog in Essex County was never served on a sub roll but on pizza bread.It looks like a bagel on steroids but has the consitency of a sub roll. It had steak fries and peppers on the bottom to which you add ketchup then 2 hotdogs with mustard on top. The hot dogs were always fried in oil. Check out Jimmy Buff’s. Their nickname was slide in and slide out due to the oil
Im from the south and we put mayo(hellmans) on everything. So I will put on these too. No ketchup though. Never have liked that stuff.
Newark’s own Italian Hotdog… started at Jimmy Buff’s on 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the 1930s
I miss the Italian dogs we used to get in downtown Newark. I recall the the Italian half moonroll, the would remove the center, and stuff that with 2 dogs that would snap when you bit into them. Add potatoes and a little green peppers. Yum – yum.
Not bad. I just posted a story about my family’s Italian hot dog on my page. My great grandfather started selling his Italian hot dogs in 1935 outside the state house in Trenton then opened a shop called The Casino.
What a great story Anthony!
I’M A TRENTONIAN AND I REMEMBER CASINO DOGS THE BEST DAMN ITALIAN HOT DOGS ON THE PLANET!
Hey Faron! Love hearing from Trentonians :-)
OMG………the best, the best, the best. I would make excuses to go to the Casino for this treat. I am a Trentonian to my soul but got transplanted to Sarasota. If I have to list things I particularly miss about Trenton the TonyGo Dog is at the top of the list. Pork Roll, Jersey Shore, attitude and the people just to name a few.
I’ve missed the Casino Dog as well Linda! As I said on my blog post, “I was transported back to the very first one I had with my dad at the counter of the Casino. I’ve eaten some pretty incredible food in my life but nothing has ever made me smile as much as this single bite.”
I’m a Trentonian too!!! I worked in the ‘Burg for many, many, years. Nothing better than an Italian hot dog with peppers, potatoes, and onions. And no one in their right mind EVER put ketchup on one of those masterpieces. I’m in Fla now and I’ve made these for friends many times and gotten rave reviews each time. I even make large batches in my crock put sometimes. They never last long! Thanks for bringing me back home for a while.
Ooh, I love the crock pot idea! Might have to have a Casino Dog party one of these days!
Hi Vonnie. I am in southwest FL I was wondering what kind of “roll” you are using when making these in FL. Also I am a transplanted New Jerseyan .
Born and Raised in Elizabeth, NJ. and Jerry’s Hot dogs and Tommy’s Hot dogs either or on Elizabeth Ave hands down has the best Italian Hot Dogs I’ve ever tasted, and I’ve tasted a lot of them.
I live in California. and originally from Newark NJ These people out here cant make an East Coast pizza, Hardly able to make a Philly Cheese steak sandwich and real polish sausage? fuget-about-it! It aint happening out here.. Highway exit ramps don’t have any pretzel vendors either.
Buffs all the way. Hots whenever and Potato Sammiches on Fridays. Best Ever
Don’t know where you live on FL, but if you are ever in the Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach area, go to Pagano’s in South Daytona or Pagano’s in Ormond Beach. They are two brothers from NJ and they have the NJ Italian Hot Dog on their menu. Delish!
Every Friday night Pagano’s Italian Hot Dog sandwich. Fantastic!
I moved from Trenton to Ormond Beach 8 years ago and I am sorry they are not the same. I used to go to Tony Goes in Trenton and I am still craving those hot dogs.
I’m an Italian Jersey girl but…from northern NJ. Italian hot dogs are part of life growing up!!! PA is the cheesesteak state. I know because I live right outside of Philly myself! ;)
Born and raised in Newark. NJ and Italian Style Hot Dogs and the bread it goes on, “pizza bread”, originate from Newark, NJ. Lydia should incorporate this into her Italian American Series.
I concur. Pizza bread a must
Dickie Dees in Newark I think. Best ever Italian hot dogs. In Kearny NJ if they are still around Pizzarama made good Italian hot dogs
I have been eating Italian Hotdogs for over 50 years and it is not made right unless you use a Sabrett hotdog, pizza bread, onions, peppers, mustard and potatoes on top. No other roll, no other hot dog and no ketchup.
Yup! you got that right.
You can’t say you have had an Italian hot dog unless you have had one deep fried and in pizza bread. By the way the double is half a pizza bread lined with mustard then the two hot dogs are inserted followed by the peppers and onions ,then topped with the deep fried potatoes. Ketchup is applied to the top of the potatoes so the idea of no ketchup on an Italian hot dog is just plain wrong! If you ever find yourself in Jersey I would suggest stopping in at Dikkie Dees,and Chicago? Forget about it!
I moved to philly 2 years ago from newark nj…and i miss these sooo bad…I have gone to every pizza place i could find and nobody even KNOWS what it is…they all ask…whats an italian hotdog!..i now make them at home myself…!..but oh god they are good…way way better then philly cheese steak..which i can also say…New jersey does better…at least jersey uses real steak..these people use steak ums!
I was born and raised in Newark in the 50’s and ate these all the time. On Fridays when you couldn’t eat meat, they made potato sandwiches on the pizza bread. We make these at home (had it yesterday!), and since I’m into bread baking, decided to make my own pizza bread. I was looking on the internet for a recipe, but it’s not out there. It’s a shame that the Newark Italian Style Hot Dog recipe is out there, but not the pizza bread that is unique to Newark, NJ. When I bake it again, I will get a recipe and pics together and post all over the Internet!
Jersey Girl – born & raised, and NOBODY beats Paul’s Italian Hot dogs in NEWARK. The original Paul is deceased now, but the quality & taste of the true Newark Italian Hot Dog lives-on through Chauncey, the current master of these dogs. The potatoes are like rectangular fried gods, and they KILL Jimmy Buff’s. Had them since the early ’70’s, & we drive up the interstate to get them now that we live outside NJ. I will ALWAYS credit Paul with these cause he made them right! And as for my toppings, I always order a double or single with mustard and ketchup – since the ’70’s, but my Dad liked the onions and peppers. PAUL’S should be a historic landmark!
OMG!!!! Been on web before looking for the Newark Italian hot dogs and no info. Today- BINGO!! I was born and raised in Newark and moved to Upstate NY in 1966, my senior yr. of high school. I have been droolin’ for one of these hot dogs for my whole adult life. I have tried to duplicate it at home, with NO PIZZA ROLLS! Just not the same, plus the oils and dogs in the frying process not the same either. I wonder if a bakery would ship the bread!? No good bagels either. Does anyone remember the hot fresh water boiled/fried bagles in a small shop in Newark? It had all types of toppings/seeds/onions/salt, etc. All they make is the doughy baked kind here. Sometimes in the past visited Brooklyn and got very good bagels though. I just finished dinner and could still chow down on my Fav dog if it were in front of me! Where’s the bread?? Help! (or recipe for the bread!?) ANYONE????
Hi Hank. Can’t tell you how shocked I was to see anything about The Corner Store in print on my computer!!! I’ve lived in Fanwood my whole life. I’m 74 and certainly remember when the Corner Store was on the corner. Back then it was a small place. It had a soda fountain with a marble counter. The front of the store was a childs wonderland of penny candy, anything from multi colored sugar dots stuck to long strips of paper to wax lips filled with some kind of sugary liquid. I can still remember the smell of cigarette smoke, newspaper print and coke. My Dad also bought his newspaper there. My kids (now in their late 40s frequented the corner store for candy as did most every kid in Fanwood. I can’t remember exactly when it moved up the street and became The Corner Store in The Middle of the Block, but I don’t believe they started serving those sandwiches until then. I get my pizza bread from the Somerset Farms market on Rte 22. I agree, ketchup on an Italian hot dog is unthinkable. Hail to Fanwood! It’s still a magnificent place to raise a family!!