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.
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.
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.
And we also tried a side of cold green beans and potatoes ($3.50) to add a little greenery to our meal of meat and starch. Nicely dressed and seasoned, they make for good Italian picnic fare. Though, in truth, if you get a sandwich (which are nearly a foot long), you don’t need any sides at all unless you have one ginormous appetite.
While espousing an old-school Italian-deli mentality, the shop does feel very “artisanal Brooklyn,” but it’s not force-feeding you the homemade pickles — that is, it still feels genuine and done out of the love of the craft. It’s definitely worth checking out and chowing down — just make sure to bring an empty belly.