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I just tried a hero, based on a recommend from these boards, from Caputo's Deli...

And the news is not good.

--Please keep in mind that this is only a critique of their hero (it was an Eh-talian Combo, purportedly). They seem like plenty well-meaning people and the rest of their goods looked wonderful, etc.

However,

As I was eating it I became confounded. What is so difficult about making a good hero/ grinder sandwich? Never mind a hot one...And why the hell do I have to go to Bensonhurst to get one? I might as well spend an hour on the train to go to 101 Deli in Rockaway...

Or do I have to?

Am I missing some gem out there?(I just discovered Defonte's, and they promptly closed shop for vacation.)

But back to this Crapooto anti-hero:

The bread was fine but unassisted by:

--Sad, identity-crisis-having lettuce which was both stalky leaf AND shredded wilt?
--Very unhappy bologna (at least go with mortadella I mean for the love...) And when I say mayo on both sides I mean it, K?
--Some kind of skimpy smattering of cherry peppers and a waifish piece of provolone. -Whatever-prosciutto and Whatever-salami.

I mean if you're going to make a heartless sandwich like that you shouldn't even bother. It looked as if an autistic person made it: like there was some kind of awful and inscrutable logic to its design.

And I won't even get into finding excellent macaroni or potato salad (which they don't have anyway but would I'm sure be equally phoned in.)

Note to Aspiring Deli Artists:

If you're going to charge $9 for a hero and the sum of its parts is 2 to 3 dollars MAX, it better be a damn fine, perky, slathered, tangy, spicy-hot-sweet, fevered-dream inducing foot of wedded bliss.

Because otherwise that's just Rude.

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  1. Go to Leoni's Mozzarella or John's Deli if you want a good hero.

    8 Replies
    1. re: JFores

      I will, thanks. Right after I finish licking my wounds. Hate getting burned, but Caveat Emptor!

      1. re: MickdaQuick

        Or just skip the hero and get a dozen proscuitto balls from Joe's Perette.

        Fuhgeddaboudit!

        1. re: MickdaQuick

          Oh yeah, get the roast beef at John's.

          1. re: JFores

            For my money the roast beef at Clemente's is better than John's. Plus they have it every day.

        2. re: JFores

          That's Lioni Latticini. I think that the hero place is actually called something else, but you can't miss it. They have at least 300-400 different varieties of hero, each made to order (including the cooking of the fillings in the hot ones). Spectacular. Also great, if a little quirky, is DeFonte's in Red Hook. Closes before dinner (even earlier on Saturday, not open Sunday).

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          Defonte's Sandwich Shop
          379 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

          Lioni Fresh Mozzarella
          7803 15th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11228

          1. re: bobjbkln

            A & S Pork Store (Fifth Ave in Park Slope) has some good Italian sandwiches. Catene Deli (9th St. near 4th Ave) does too.

            1. re: parkslopemama

              didn't i just hear that a&s pork store is closing?

              1. re: parkslopemama

                While probably not as good as the other places mentioned, I haven't gone wrong at D'Amico's on Court Street. They have good Italian cold cuts and cheeses, make a nice hero and are the cheapest snadwiches around.