When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
Every day, the bakers at Sweetie Pies Bakery get an early start. They need the time to make their long menu of breads and pastries?and the odd hour means that passersby are less likely to discover the ingredients in their secret cannoli-cream recipe. Their treats range from decadent cheesecakes to Italian breads, and they have roots all over the globe: tiramisu evokes Italy, baklava brings to mind Greece, and giant chocolate-chip cookies conjure images of Skull Island, where they are baked fresh for King Kong.
Though he’s catered for Oprah and won Steven Tyler over with his meatballs, Lou Marzelli can still take the time to fill a family table. Dishes of lasagna, chicken parmesan, and penne in housemade marinara come to fruition out of recipes handed down through the Marzellis’ Italian-native family every day in their New York–style deli. A gleaming deli case brims with Boar's Head meats and cheeses ready to be sliced and stuffed into hearty wedge sandwiches. whereas pizzas proudly hold toppings such as genoa salami, fresh basil, or the crumbled remains of lesser pies. Breakfast selections are served all day alongside locally roasted espresso drinks, and 36 flavors of housemade gelato and sorbetto—such as stracciatella, strawberry, and tiramisu—put a sweet finish on Italian helpings.
Wraparound wooden booths and brick columns create a cozy atmosphere at The Hole In The Hill Bar And Grill. Once they are seated in comfort, customers can tuck into a fried-haddock sandwich with a basket of onion rings or a Genius burger topped with sweet chili sauce, jalapeños, and avocado. A selection of Mexican dishes brings spicy flavor with quesadillas, tacos, and shrimp, chicken, and steak burritos.