Video Produced by Denise Toledo
Marie Capp and Justin Saplosky met at the Wharton School of business, where one of their first conversations centered around their favorite sandwiches. Their passion for sandwiches and hospitality flourished into a catering business, and just a few weeks after graduating, the pair opened their first brick-and-mortar location in Philadelphia, Matt & Marie’s.
“I dreamed about being able to open my own restaurant since I was very young. Matt similarly said when he retires, he hopes to be able to own a sandwich shop,” Capp said.
It was a match made in sandwich heaven. When the two began brainstorming their menu, they wanted to modernize the classic Italian sandwiches.
“We loved the idea of centering the business around a sandwich. Fresh, healthy, high-quality Italian ingredients with a lot of pop,” she said.
The pair turned to Chef Ryan Smith of New York Vintners to help them create a signature menu of sandwiches that hit on all five flavor profiles in every bite: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami. Their elevated Italian classics have really resonated with their customers.
“It’s something you would normally get at a nice Italian restaurant at night. Picking on a little sharp provolone, a little fennel salami. I say it’s lunch time. I want a charcuterie board on a piece of Italian bread.”
You can also get a little inventive at Matt & Marie’s. With a balance of sweet and spicy, their Ducati Dealer is their take on a Vietnamese bahn mi.
“If they trust that they can come to one location, but be able to experiment with what they get, it’s a slam dunk,” Capp said.
Check out how Matt & Marie’s is faring in the sandwich city of America on this episode of “Fast Casual Nation.”