Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Italian Heroes


Half of the iconic fried calamari hero from Catene Deli, Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The hero represents one of the greatest accomplishments of Italian-American cooking, a method of packaging the abundance of the New World into a convenient, transportable meal, one that permits options in the way it may be consumed: you can share it with a friend, and enjoy a cheap, reasonably sized meal. Or you can eat the entire thing yourself, either at one sitting or sequentially.

So join us bright and early tomorrow morning to see Fork in the Road’s list of the 10 best Italian heroes in town (and “town” includes parts of New Jersey). And please have your own list handy, in case we miss one or two of your favorite hero shops.