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At the heart of Philadelphia's culinary legacy stands Pat's King of Steaks, a landmark synonymous with the iconic Philly cheesesteak.

Frank Olivieri, the executive chef and owner, traces the origins of this beloved sandwich to a serendipitous moment when his Uncle Pat grew weary of his daily hot dog fare and improvised a new type of sandwich. A legend was born.

Watch now to learn more about inventing the Philly Cheesesteak, making connections in business, and Philadelphia hospitality.

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[02:32] - The Pat's King of Steaks Family Business Story
[05:16] - Valuable Lessons Learned from Culinary School
[06:28] - The Philly Cheesesteak Origin Story
[17:36] - John Stewart Calls the Shop
[42:52] - Philadelphia Hospitality

Episode Links:
Pat’s King of Steaks Online: https://www.patskingofsteaks.com/
Frank Olivieri Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankeolivieri/
Frank Olivieri LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-e-olivieri-48277119/
Pat’s King of Steaks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frankeolivieri/
Contact Pat’s King of Steaks: https://www.patskingofsteaks.com/contact


Invention of the Philly Cheesesteak - There aren’t many times a family creation can become an international staple. However, such is the case for the philly cheesesteak. Frank Olivieri’s Uncle Pat needed a break from their daily hot dog consumption, and stumbled upon what we know today as the philly cheesesteak.

Building Connections is a Family Tradition - Frank Olivieri takes inspiration from his Uncle Pat, including his gregarious personality. Pat was known for rubbing elbows with society’s elite, and that heart for connection has been carried on.

Philadelphia Hospitality - Philadelphia is labeled “The City of Brotherly Love”. Fans of Uncle Pat’s King of Steaks show their love and appreciation by braving rain, sleet, or snow to show up and purchase from the legendary food location.


Frank E. Olivieri is a part of a historic family in the Philadelphia food scene. He is executive chef and owner at his family heirloom, Pat’s King of Steaks. As a youngster, Olivieri cut his teeth doing work around the family restaurant, pivoting from his original plan of attending culinary school in Paris. Since then, Olivieri has been at Pat’s and plans to continue growing the business through building community connections.

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