Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich {It is a Monster of a Fish Sandwich}

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster of a fish sandwich. It’s done up in the Pittsburgh fish sandwich way.  It has piled on layers of toppings that you will devour.


If you need recipes for Lent, then this fish sandwich is perfect to have on Fridays during Lent. So add this fish sandwich to your collection of meals during Lent.


Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich Title


As you can tell by many of my recipes, I am proud to be from Pittsburgh. Do I miss it? Yes, I do, every day I do admit I wish I was back there.


Pittsburgh is so very different than Cleveland. Pittsburgh has that something special about it. I have said in a few of my Pittsburgh recipes that “The ‘Burgh” has amazing culinary creations.


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Pile It On

Everyone is familiar with the famous Pittsburgh sandwich from Primanti Brothers. The Pittsburgh way of food is big and piled on. That was my thought process in creating the best fish sandwich recipe.


Right now it is Lent, and the humungous fish sandwiches are ruling in the “Burgh. Actually, that did surprise me here in Cleveland that the fish sandwiches are so little. I assumed everyone had HUGE fish sandwiches on Fridays. That could be why every Friday is fish.


When I say huge, I mean huge. You could get a fish sandwich with so much fish on it, you could feed a family of 4 with that one sandwich. When I was a kid, there was a restaurant known for this very thing, a humongous fish sandwich.

Fatigati’s Fish Sandwich

Fatigati’s Restaurant was the place. That place would be jamming on Fridays to get this monster sandwich. It was popular, everyone went there. My mom and dad could walk to this place, we lived that close. Like most popular places, it closed down.


The building remained closed and vacant for many years. Someone else tried to reopen it and claimed to use Fatigati’s recipes, but wasn’t the same. Old man Fatigati had something special in his recipes.


Cooking Tip:


arinating meat with citrus can give it a mealy texture. If you like citrus, a little squeeze of lemon or lime is always a good way to finish the dish instead. – Source: Epicurious



That place is now nothing but a pure memory. One evening, the building caught fire and burnt to the ground. They tore down the rest of what remained and it sits as an empty lot now.


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Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich Recipe

That was the thing in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t during Lent you can get a huge Fish sandwich. It was every Friday all year round you got these huge fish sandwiches.


Pittsburgh is one the largest Catholic cities. That could be why we love having a huge fish sandwich on Fridays. Still, I knew I wanted to create a fish masterpiece.


Since it is Lent recipe time, and I am Catholic, what better way than digging into my roots, my Pittsburgh roots and create a Lent meal. This will be the best fish sandwich recipe. Trust me on that.

Pittsburgh Way Fish Sandwich Recipe

Yes, the thought of doing the fries and slaw occurred to me, since that is what know about Pittsburgh food. It wasn’t until I went to the grocery store and saw a platter of fried fish, mac n cheese, and coleslaw, that it came to came to me.


Why not pile that all on a bun Pittsburgh style. That was how this huge fish sandwich was born. Yes, the flavors were all so yummy! You are going to add this fish sandwich to your Lenten recipes collection.


Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent.
Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich will fill you up!

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Yield: 4 servings

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pittsburgh Lent Fish Sandwich is a monster fish sandwich done up in the Pittsburgh sandwich way. It is the perfect fish sandwich to have on Fridays during Lent.


  • 4 Fried and Battered Fish fillets
  • 1 cup mac n cheese, cooked
  • 1 cup coleslaw, prepared
  • 4 hoagie buns
  • pepper to taste


  1. Open up your hoagie rolls, and on the bottom portion of the roll, place one fish fillet.
  2. Next, spoon a layer of the mac n cheese on top the fish.
  3. Then add the layer of the coleslaw on top the mac n cheese.
  4. Season with a little pepper.
  5. Finally, top the sandwich off with the top part the hoagie bun.
  6. Serve up the sandwiches and ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 34g

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  • Adam J. Holland
    March 10, 2017

    This is a bigass gish sandwich, and I would call it such if it weren’t for the whole Lenten thing. Wonderful, Dee!

    • Deanna Samaan
      March 19, 2017

      Pittsburghers eat big ass sandwiches lol! I have to make my hometown proud! Thank yoU!!!

  • Cricket Plunkett
    March 19, 2017

    Wow! Love the idea of putting mac and cheese on a fresh sandwich, yum!

  • [email protected]
    March 19, 2017

    This is awesome how you topped a sandwich with one of my favorite things..mac & cheese. Would have never thought of that but great idea 🙂

  • linda spiker
    March 19, 2017

    Holy moly! Now THAT is a sandwich!

  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    March 19, 2017

    I’ve been viewing Catholicism all wrong — thinking it was about deprivation and piety. You have proven me wrong — it’s about hedonism and decadence! I like that!

  • Sarah
    March 19, 2017

    I always have seafood on Friday’s during Lent…and…all I can say is “sign me up” for this one! Wow! Looks amazing!

  • Debra C.
    March 24, 2017

    When I lived in the midwest there were always fish on Fridays! They were amazing, always the best and something I really miss! That fish sandwich looks absolutely fabulous, what a great bite this would be!

  • Michelle
    March 24, 2017

    Your sandwich truly does look like a fish masterpiece! I love a loaded sandwich like that…yum!

  • debi at Life Currents
    March 25, 2017

    Oh my word this fish sandwich is simply loaded with goodies! Mac & cheese and coleslaw – amazing!

  • Julie
    March 25, 2017

    I can see why that is a popular sandwich! I love the mac on top and that crispy crust looks amazing. It’s sad that some of those restaurants that we grew up with are a thing of the past, and really can’t be duplicated.

  • Justine
    March 25, 2017

    That looks insanely yummy!

  • Michaela Kenkel
    March 26, 2017

    What a FANTASTIC sandwich!

  • Christie
    March 26, 2017

    That definitely looks like one monster fish sandwich! And sounds delicious! Reminds me of the garbage plate in Rochester, NY; a little bit of everything.

  • Jenny | Honey and Birch
    March 26, 2017

    I am totally down with adding mac and cheese to a sandwich. This sounds delicious.

  • Sandra Shaffer
    March 26, 2017

    Wow! Now this is a fish sandwich! I would be full for days eating this — yummy!!

  • Jennifer A Stewart
    March 27, 2017

    This sandwich is everything I want to eat in one sandwich!! All that creamy mac and cheese on a crispy fish filet! Yes, please! I also want to take a trip to the “burghs” now too!!

  • Jeff Steigerwald
    March 27, 2017

    Former Pittsburgher and catholic here. I have fond memories of going to the strip district with my dad and eating Wolleys and Benkovitz fish sandwiches. These were Atlantic Cod sandwiches. With that fishery in full collapse it has been hard to find a suitable replacement. I have had some grouper sandwiches of late in Florida that are very good, but nothing beats the big ole cod caught in the 70’s and 80’s. Pacific cod is not bad – probably as good as we can expect these days if you are ok with low levels of radiation.

  • Emily | OatandSesame
    February 14, 2018

    I lived in PA for 5 years and never made it to Pittsburgh. And I’ve never seen such a sandwich! Mac n cheese on a fish filet? Crazy deliciousness!

    • Deanna
      February 14, 2018

      There is nothing like the fish sandwiches in “the Burgh, they are so huge!! LOL Thank you!

  • Luci
    February 14, 2018

    That looks so delicious and simple to make. I love a good fish sandwich.

    • Deanna
      February 14, 2018

      I do too!! Thank you!!

  • April
    February 14, 2018

    Wow that’s one different looking fish sandwich. I got hungry just looking at it. I bet it was delicious!

  • Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
    February 14, 2018

    That IS a monster of a fish sandwich! WOW. What a fun collaboration of flavors!

  • Sara
    February 14, 2018

    This looks awesome. I love fish sandwiches anytime!

  • Nancy Bryant
    March 4, 2018

    I love fish fillet! It’s interesting to see them in a bun with mac n’ cheese and looks perfect this Lent. A must-try for me!

  • Charles
    October 27, 2020


    I am also from Pittsburgh. I never went to Fatigati’s but my parents went there every time they had a night out.

    We kids were planted at our grandparents’ and date night almost always included Fatigati’s.

    Do you remember the street address? I wonder what is there now.

    • Deanna Samaan
      October 27, 2020

      It right down the street from my parents on Millers run road, 637 Millers Run Rd, Cuddy, PA. The place burned down and is now a parking lot for the VFW after it was built there