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I Want a Classic Italian Hero sandwich

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?

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: jdmetz

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

    2. 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

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

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        1. re: SunnysideUp

          They've been on downhill alert since owners changed.

          My vote: Defonte.

          1. re: Pupster

            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.

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

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

            1. Dominick's on 60th and 1st