Wenzel Sandwich – Connecticut

Alpha Delta Pizza in New Haven, Connecticut, has been feeding hungry Yale students for years. The Wenzel is one of their best-selling sandwiches, with between 150 and 200 subs sold on an

Wenzel Sandwich - CT

average weeknight. Urban legend has it that the sandwich was named for Eric Wenzel, class of 2004, who was a football and lacrosse athlete at Yale. Wenzel apparently repeatedly ordered this special request sandwich, asking for the chicken to be covered in hot sauce. He kept ordering it, and then his friends began ordering it, and it caught on, until it finally became an official menu item.

Yeah, we know this is basically a buffalo chicken sammie, but boy is it ever good. Use sharp provolone here as the flavor really elevates the sandwich.

Wenzel Sandwich

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 hoagie or submarine rolls
  • 2 fried chicken breasts
  • Hot sauce such as Franks or Crystal’s
  • Mayonnaise
  • 2 slices sharp provolone
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Tomato, sliced


Slice hoagie rolls, then toast. Slice the fried chicken in flat slices, then douse with hot sauce. Spread mayo on both sides of toasted hoagie roll. Layer chicken, then cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with the hoagie roll topper.


6 thoughts on “Wenzel Sandwich – Connecticut”

  1. Hey Kat– Love your photo– made me want to take a big bite out of it! I’m imagining this to be as good as it looks! And– How was your Thanksgiving?? Did you have family in? cook the turkey?! And how is everything with you? Are you on Instagram? OK, that’s all. xoxo

    1. Hi Rhonda – do make this, it is super yummy. Went to FL to visit fam for Thanksgiving and got stuck down there due to a snowstorm. Not a bad place to be – 80 degrees and sunny. We did your guessing game of what each person is thankful for — fun! Yes on Instagram, you can see latest on right side of this page. – Kat

      1. Hey Kat! Whoa! Sounds like a good Thanksgiving /Get Away! So glad you played the game too. And– fond you on Instagram!! Scrolled down through bunches of your photos– al that glorious good! and you got to meet Deb Perlman! Getting ready for Christmas there?? I’m guessing you have lots of snow!

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