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.
92% of 101 customers recommend
“The sandwiches are amazing.”
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“Huge sandwich very tasty you won't regret it”
7803 15th Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11228Get Directions