Slideshow: Greatest Hits of 'A Sandwich A Day': Top 5 Italian Heroes

Willie's Italian
Willie's Italian
Willie told us about his philosophy of layering the meats, cheeses and condiments, carefully assembling them to achieve a perfect balance of elements. Choose between either the sweet or spicy sandwich; the sweet sandwich comes with sweet pickled red peppers and a milder provolone cheese whereas the spicy sandwich has chile-infused olive oil and a smoked provolone.
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Graham Avenue Meats & Deli (Williamsburg): 445 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (map); 718-389-9777
Sophia Loren at Lioni Heroes
Sophia Loren at Lioni Heroes
The combination of the creamy mild mozzarella, sweet-salty prosciutto, and slightly spicy and vinegary pickled peppers stuffed with breadcrumbs was unbelievable. The textures and flavors melded perfectly, leaving you wanting to take a few more bites even after you are painfully full.
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Lioni Heroes: 7803 15th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11228 (map); 718-232-1411; www.lioniheroes.com
Italian at City Sub
Italian at City Sub
Of all the sandwiches, I'm partial to the #20: capocollo, prosciuttini, and pepper jack cheese with oil, vinegar, and hot peppers. Not quite a classic Italian sub, but with the all the layers of heat—the peppery cheese, the spicy peppers—perhaps an even more exciting one.
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City Sub: 450 Bergen Street, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map); 718-398-2592
Big Mike's Combo from Mike's Deli
Big Mike's Combo from Mike's Deli
A meat-on-meat hero with densely packed layers of mortadella, ham, salami, capicola, and provolone. My hero that day came with a thick slab of mozarella with bits of basil and tomato. The capicola, a dry-cured type of salumi, was especially good and appropriately fatty.
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Mike’s Deli: 2344 Arthur Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10458 (map); 718-933-5903