Tony Luke's Corporate
The Story behind The Legend
A true son of South Philly, Tony “Luke” Lucidonio Jr., 50, is a man of many talents and enormous energy.
In the 1990’s Tony Jr. worked tirelessly with his Father Tony Sr. and brother Nick to build the Tony Luke’s legend. From lunch trucks to full Italian meal take-out, they tried it all until they hit on the Old Philly Style Sandwich formula that took enormous culinary leaps beyond the famous Philly Cheesteak.
Twice hailed by Gourmet Magazine for quality and innovation, and renowned by GQ Magazine, New York Times and scores of other media, Tony Luke’s redefined the Philly Sandwich experience with specialty favorites like their Roast Pork Italian, Chicken Cutlets with Broccoli Rabe & Sharp Provolone.
With a savvy eye for marketing and publicity opportunities Tony Jr. has kept the business in the spotlight making it one of the biggest success stories of the Philadelphia dining renaissance of the last two decades.
Working since 13 in various family food businesses, Tony’s other gifts bloomed early as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
He trained as an actor appearing in his first play “Dracula Baby” in 1982, wrote and produced music including songs for Billy Paul and Motown Records, and just to keep in shape became a multi-state Karate Kick-Boxing Champion from 1982 - 1983.
Meanwhile Tony has continued to hone his craft as an actor appearing in a number of feature film productions, doing one-on-one scenes with heavyweights like Dennis Hopper..
His current film and TV credits include: The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (2008), Frankie the Squirrel (2006), Invincible (2006), 10th & Wolf (2006), Straight Forward (2005), National Treasure (2004), Mafioso: The Father, the Son (2004), “Hack” Dial ‘O’ for Murder (2003) TV Episode, Killer Instinct (2000) The Evil Within (1998), Up Close & Personal (1996), Street Life (1991).
While he continues to take on ever more challenging acting roles, Tony is equally motivated to grow the Tony Luke’s business. He has devoted himself in recent years to the expansion of the Tony Luke’s brand opening locations across the US and around the world!
Tony is also pleased to present the Tony Luke’s Pronto line of Philly sandwiches available in supermarkets and speciality grocery stores.