Park Slope’s Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, which is now actually ShoppeS, plural, is exactly the sort of place every neighborhood needs, especially if said neighborhood is home to lots of families, to lots of young (and fun) professionals, and especially especially if it’s right by one of the city’s great “backyards,” in this case Prospect Park.
Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, the self-proclaimed “goomba of sandwich shops”, specializes in big, old-school Italian heroes, or wedges, or hoagies, or subs, or whatever you called them where you grew up. There are 13 varieties on the menu (plus specials and sides) and several residents of Park Slope apartments I’ve spoken to are well on their way to trying them all.
I grabbed a sandwich buddy of mine the other night and dined in at Zito’s (the one on Seventh Avenue, near Seventh Street) for the first time. We split a couple of Zito’s most goomba-iest creations, and happily wolfed through both, black cherry sodas to wash it all down.
The Fried Egg Sandwich, with prosciutto and roasted asparagus, served room temperature, totally hit the spot, while the hot-off-the-grill “18th Avenue Feast” sandwich, made with those great Faccio’s sausages, and topped with peppers and onions made us feel like we were at a summertime street fair, except that this was actually good.
True, we thought both sandwiches could have used an additional condiment to juice things up a bit–a vinegary hot sauce would have been perfect–so maybe next time we’ll bring our bottle of Trappey’s Red Devil. Because there definitely will be a next time.
The staff at Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe, in the heart of Park Slope, is funny and friendly, the design of the place features lots of brick, nice typography, and genuine vintage signage.
There’s a small back garden, the music is lively… basically it’s a terrific spot for a casual weekend lunch with the crew, or an early supper with the kids, or a rowdy late(ish)-night snack complete with beer and foosball. For grab-n-go picnickers, you can now take a plastic growler of brew with you to the park, or check out the Zito’s Sandwich cart near Grand Army Plaza.
And Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe has recently expanded its apparently-soon-to-be Park Slope empire with a new place on Fifth Avenue near Union. For lots more information, including a menu, check out their website.
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