Hero Sandwiches Named After Italian Stars Are Sold In Bensonhurst, Brooklyn Joint

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My old neighborhood not only teems with good Italian food, but they got wit too.

At Lioni's, they hawk dozens upon dozens of heroes, each named after an Italian-American celebrity and each one described with a cute little quip.

There's the Dean Martin ("We'll drink to this one"), the Joe DiMaggio ("this is a big hit"), the Marisa Tomei ("give this to your cousin Vinny"), the Ida Lupino ("a great actress--a great hero"), and so many more mouth-watering delights with show biz connections.

But as Sirius star Anita Sarko points out, they have a Rita Hayworth hero! Rita wasn't Italian at all, but half Spanish! (Still, she was born in Brooklyn, so it's fine with me. Besides, I'd be afraid to tell these people about a mistake.)

But hold on, here's the biggest mistake of all: They don't have a Michael Musto sandwich, even though I'm Italian and from Bensonhurst!

How about "the Musto, heavy on the fruit"?

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On my Made in BENSONHURST Tour we regularly visit Lioni's where the mozzarella's from next store and the bread is baked locally at Cammareri Bros, the bakery made famous in Moonstruck. And, to think, when I mentioned I do tours of my old neighborhood at Borough Hall I was actually asked, "Bensonhurst? What's in Bensonhurst!?"


They didn't feel the need, since must heros come with "Musto-rella".

nostradavid like.author.displayName 1 Like

Just go in and have them build one the way you want it. 

A custom designed hero. Light on the mayo - heavy on the Musto!

bethesda topcommenter

I would order a Musto hero anytime!