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I Want a Classic Italian Hero sandwich

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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. 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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      jdmetz Nov 29, 2006 07:53 PM

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

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        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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      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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        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. SunnysideUp Nov 29, 2006 08:17 PM

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

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          Pupster Nov 29, 2006 09:43 PM

          They've been on downhill alert since owners changed.

          My vote: Defonte.

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            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.

        2. 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.

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            surly Nov 29, 2006 09:40 PM

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

            1. jenniebnyc Nov 30, 2006 01:26 AM

              Dominick's on 60th and 1st

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