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:
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