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I Want a Classic Italian Hero sandwich

Hinterlander Nov 29, 2006 07:10 PM

I'm looking for an Italian hero on a crusty big roll, loaded with spicy meats and cheese, heated in the oven, then garnished with lettuce, tomato, onions, peppers and dressing. I should need a whole pile of napkins to deal with it. Where can I get this sandwich in Manhattan?

  1. jenniebnyc Nov 30, 2006 01:26 AM

    Dominick's on 60th and 1st

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      surly Nov 29, 2006 09:40 PM

      faicco's, salumeria biellese, and italian food center (in that order)

      1. a_and_w Nov 29, 2006 09:03 PM

        No oven, but check out the Italian Combo at Salumeria Biellese. Delicious and surprisingly cheap considering they make their own sausage.

        1. SunnysideUp Nov 29, 2006 08:17 PM

          Italian Food Center on Grand and Mulberry. Not heated, though.

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          1. re: SunnysideUp
            Pupster Nov 29, 2006 09:43 PM

            They've been on downhill alert since owners changed.

            My vote: Defonte.

            1. re: Pupster
              stuartlafonda Nov 30, 2006 06:09 PM

              No longer on alert, it stinks. Go across Mulberry to Alleva for a good, not great Italian hero. Far better then IFC. Crosby Connection at 172 Crosby does a very good version of what the OP wants. Check out the web site to see a picture of it. It is called the Italian Stallion and is very good.

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            krunkymunky Nov 29, 2006 08:15 PM

            also on bleeker: abbondanza's. tell them what you're in the mood for and let them take over. you will be very happy.

            funny story about this place. i went there once with a friend and they had pulled pork on special that day. i asked for a bbq pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and they took over from there. awesome sandwich, messy, huge. my buddy ordered a pulled pork sandwich too but ... well here's how it went:

            my buddy: "can i get that with ... sun dried tomatoes ..."

            abbondanza's guy: "no. you can't do that."

            my buddy: "uh ... okay. how about with some cauliflower then."

            abbondanza's guy: "uh-uh. nope."

            my buddy: "huh? okay well then i'll just have a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw too, but can i have mine with provolone?"

            abbondanza's guy: "no. you can't have that on a bbq pork sandwich, guy. c'mon!"

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            1. re: krunkymunky
              Cheese Boy Nov 29, 2006 08:35 PM

              Seems to me that Abbondanza's has issues with making "customized" sandwiches.
              No fusion cuisine here! You eat what's placed before you...! Absolutely hilarious.
              Talk about leaving a place and feeling meek.

            2. NAtiveNewYorker Nov 29, 2006 07:13 PM

              For a NON-heated version, but authentic, go to Fiacco's on Bleeker. You can order it topped:

              1. with sweet peppers
              2. with hot peppers
              3. with roasted red peppers

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              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                jdmetz Nov 29, 2006 07:53 PM

                HUGE second for Fiacco's. One of the best sandwiches I've ever had.

                1. re: jdmetz
                  Lucia Nov 29, 2006 07:59 PM

                  I like Faicco's too--just wanted to write to correct spelling for ease of googling.

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