The submarine continues a long-standing tradition of naming boats after food, following in the footsteps of the SS Pinto, the Mayflour, and the Edward FitzFunyuns. Float your tongue's boat with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of subs and salads at Fontano’s Subs in Naperville. Choose between the West 95th Street or Ogden Avenue locations.
Fontano’s Subs stormed the shores of Chicago’s Little Italy in 1960, invading appetites with a delicious armada of hearty, homemade deli delights. Packing a shipload of meats, cheeses, and salads into every sub, the menu at Fontano’s is teeming with zesty torpedoes of delight that range from 6 inches to a hull-busting 3 feet. The 10-inch Blockbuster stuffs a hefty cargo of ham, salami, capicola, provolone, swiss, and Fontano’s house-jarred hot peppers into a chewy casing of french bread ($8.65). Fontano’s locally famous house-made 6-inch steamy meatball sandwiches ($4.30), paired with a pound of tuna salad ($5.89/lb.), have assuaged sea-shored stomachs for more than 50 years.
Over the past 50 or so years, Chicago’s Little Italy may have endured a wave of gentrification, but it still manages to maintain its original charm owing to establishments like Fontano’s Subs. Since 1960, Fontano’s has assembled top meats and cheeses into decadent, hefty sandwiches, including italian beef, italian sausage, and italian meatball. The team behind the counter sides these handheld meals with familiar deli sides including potato and macaroni salads. The popularity of Fontano’s has spurred five additional storefronts across Illinois where customers can expect to find the same quality subs as those from its flagship location.