Italian Heros for Super Bowl
Maybe not exactly the area you requested but they have outstanding hero's
Catene Deli. Deli. 237 9th Street Brooklyn, NY (9th St and 4th Ave)
"R" train to 9th St.
If you can make it up to Dyker Ht's I love the sandwiches at:
Lioni Latticini .
7819 15th Ave, Brooklyn, NY (718) 232-7852
The web lists these directions:to Lioni's
Take the W or M train to 79th Street
I'd definitely advise you to call either one
and order ahead.
I second the Catene's recommendation. Along the same lines but closer to Carroll Gardens is DeFonte's, in Red Hook on Columbia St. just south of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. Both places are normally closed on Sundays, so I'd call ahead to see if they're making any special arrangements for the Super Bowl.
Although I wouldn't put them quite in the same league, I've also enjoyed heros from Mastellone on Court and Degraw. I'd also consider getting heros from Caputo's Deli, on Court between 3d and 4th Place -- I've never had their sandwiches, but their other prepared foods and cheeses are exquisite. Both Mastellone and Caputo's are open Sundays.
Defonte's Sandwich Shop
379 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Mastellone Italian Deli
303 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Caputo's Fine Foods
460 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Well, if we're talking the Cobble hill/Carrol Gardens area, I generally go to DeFonte's. Don't know if I'd term it "hot italian food" per se, but their old school hot roast beef with frsh mozzarella and fried eggplant is awesome. They also have fried shrimp, calamari etc. on Fridays. For great rice balls in the area (and prosciutto balls) go to Joe's Superette on Smith Street. Not sure if this was exactly what you were looking for, but hope it helps.
Without question,if you are talking about the large (3-6 foot heros), it's Joe's Perette on Smith St. (at 1st.) (718) 855-6463. And don't forget to order a dozen or two procuitto balls as well. They are open on Sunday. I'd suggest ordering soon.
While, I believe Joe's is the best for party purposes. Agree with others that DeFonte's and Lioni Latticini are the places to go for super special, lovingly made heros. But all three places have their own Brooklyn character.