Zito's Sandwich Shoppe Sells Some Super-Sized Subs

Lauren Shockey
The Autogrill is one yummy sandwich.

Parm isn't the only spiffy newcomer to offer gigantic, tasty Italian subs. Zito's Sandwich Shoppe opened early this fall in Park Slope, serving up a menu of 13 different sandwiches like chicken parm, eight-hour slow-cooked pork bracciole, potato and egg, and panelle, plus sides like olives, arancini, and cold salads, with Gotham Project wine and Sixpoint on tap. Always on the quest for a delicious sandwich, we popped in to check out the goods.

We started off with the Autogrill sandwich ($10), which piled on provolone, mortadella, capicollo, sopressata, and prosciutto, plus spicy Calabrian pepperoncino and olive oil and vinegar on bread from Il Fornaretto (meats come from Salumeria Biellese while sausage and pork are from Faicco's, and chicken from Applegate Farms). The added heat from the peppers was a great touch, balancing the saltiness of the cured meats. All around, highly recommended and one filling lunch. Indeed, two diners could easily share.

Lauren Shockey
The roast beef sandwich is slightly messier to eat.

We also ordered the Sixpoint-braised roast beef sub, a warm sandwich that also featured house-made mozzarella, balsamic onions, and marinated mushrooms. Slightly messier to eat than the Autogrill, this was good, but the beef was a little bit dry and the veggies got a tad lost amid all the beef juice. The cheese was nice and gooey, but we'd go for a parm next time if we were looking for a hot sammy.

Lauren Shockey
"Mini" rice balls are still pretty big.

One highlight of the meal was the mini arancini ($6). Five golf-ball-size orbs of ultra-creamy rice are stuffed with ham and mozzarella and served with marinara sauce on the side. Crunchy on the outside and gooey and hot inside, these are everything you want in a rice ball.

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