More Philly Stuff? You got it! Here's how to make a real Hoagie. The word Hoagie came from the sandwiches that used to get eaten by workers over on a place that was nicknamed "hog island" The workers there would bring crusty rolls with Italian meats and some olive oil and they became known as "hoggies" which eventually morphed into hoagie... Now that I've sounded like a Cliff Claven... the only other thing I have to say is don't make this with a soft roll! It has to be a GOOD crusty Italian Long Roll!