Heroes are known by many names: grinders, subs, hoagies, and—with the intemperate addition of chili peppers—supervillains. But a rose by any other name tastes awful, so today's deal treats you to sandwiches instead: for $10, you get two Italian heroes (up to a $28 value) at Lioni Italian Heroes near Bensonhurst.
Each of the more-or-less 150 sandwiches on Lioni's massive menu is named for a different Italian luminary. Reassemble and devour part of the Rat Pack with a #1 Frank Sinatra (salami, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and oregano, $9) and a #2 Dean Martin (prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, salt, and black pepper, $12). The #50 Jake La Motta (hot turkey, fresh mozzarella, and gravy, $10) takes a harder stance against hunger by pummeling taste buds with hot turkey, fresh mozzarella, gravy, and a pound of the weight De Niro put on for Raging Bull. Otherwise, drool lustfully over the #12 Sophia Loren (prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, sweet stuffed pepper, lettuce, olive oil, salt, and black pepper, $13) or share a double order of the #69 Cristoforo Columbo (roast beef, sopressata, fresh mozzarella, sausage, mushrooms, and topping mix, $13) with a like-minded flavor explorer.
Lioni's sandwiches begin with Monteleone & Cammerari Italian bread stuffed full of Boar's Head cold cuts, mozzarella made in-house, and the best ingredients America can import, grow, or procure from the genies found in its mayonnaise jars. The sheer glut of sandwich options can cause terminal indecision, so slow readers might want to review the online menu beforehand to avoid being showered with abuse by the other people in line. Invite David Bowie out to lunch with today's Groupon and prove that we can eat heroes, just for one day.
Not valid for veal subs. Not valid on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, or Super Bowl Sunday.
New York magazine deemed Lioni's Scott Baio sandwich worthy of its 101 Best Sandwiches in New York list in 2010. Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average, and Serious Eats featured Lioni's Sophia Loren sandwich:
Lioni Italian Heroes
The culinary experts at Lioni Italian Heroes assemble more than 150 menu offerings, including more than 70 heroes. The shop’s sandwiches, each named after or previously spoken to by a famous Italian figure, combine Monteleone and Cammareri breads with a slew of fresh ingredients. House-made mozzarella augments heroes, and platters of sandwiches or breakfast items feed groups of up to 25 people.
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Groupon is what made me find this amazing sandwich place. This is the best sandwich place hands down to any place in NYC and all the boroughs!! You won't believe it....”
“Groupon is what made me find this amazing sandwich place. This is the best sandwich place hands down to any place in NYC and all the boroughs!! You won't believe it. 150 sandwiches to choose from and you can make up your own. Best brooklyn bread..best homemade mozzarella..and best imported procciuto.. and not over priced.. $10 to $15 a sandwich and we are talking an entire loaf of italian bread sandwich. And not chincy on any of the insides. I don't even know why they are doing the Groupons because they are always busy and they are amazing but hey if I can save $8 on my $50 - to $60 order I always place when I go then better for me. they sell breads and their homemade mozz and lots of olives and other italian things as well so i get a few sandwiches and other things when i go. You won't be disappointed. All sandwiches are named after Italian famous people.. just a great place and fun ”
7803 15th Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11228Get Directions