Monday, February 8, 2016

Healthy word from John's Roast Pork

John Bucci is coming back full time, and his cheesesteak will get a national nod.

Healthy word from John's Roast Pork

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Four years after taking a sabbatical as he fought leukemia, sandwich guru John Bucci Jr. of John's Roast Pork is making his return to full-time work on Monday, Aug. 6.

"It's a beautiful thing," Bucci told me, referring to the love and support that he and his family - who worked the stand at Snyder Avenue and Weccacoe Street in South Philly - received during his bone-marrow transplant, his treatment, and recovery.

Craig LaBan wrote about the start of the ordeal, in 2008.

During a conversation, Bucci dropped a bombshell: His cheesesteak with sharp provolone, long hots, mayo and ketchup will be included as a "wild card" contestant in the finals of the Adam Richman series Best Sandwich in America, in which the Man vs. Food guy traveled the country in search of good sandwiches.

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In June, when Richman chose the roast pork sandwich from DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market as the show's Northeast regional winner, I heard sundry griping that John's Roast Pork had been snubbed.

Now, it turns out, producers had John's up their sleeve.

"DiNic's should be proud, too," Bucci told me. "Two [shops] from one city. That's awesome."

Showtime is 9 p.m. Aug. 15 on the Travel Channel.

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