You don’t get more old-school Italian than the Arthur Ave Market Place in Belmont and the Big Mike's Combo Italian sub at Mike’s Deli. It might be a mere stand tucked in the back of the marketplace, but this joint's acquired legend status over years of serving New York sandwiches bursting with fresh meats and cheeses like Hillary Clinton's Favorite, the Paula Deen panini, and The Monster, all piled high with mozzarella, salami, ham, peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Old-school Italian deli Graham Ave has been in business since 1985 and, in addition to selling quality meats, game & poultry, serves delicious sandwiches and paninis in Williamsburg.
The Original Sandwich Shoppe offers a standout Italian sub among the large number of good subs in the West Village. It doesn’t stray too far from what you’re expecting -- prosciutto, Genoa salami, and provolone topped with red pepper sauce on a toasted semolina baguette -- and it’s just really well executed.
The Super Mario Sub at La Panineria is definitely an expensive (and Nintendo-y) option. But the mozzarella and tomatoes are as fresh as they get, and it's got hitting-the-shortcut-jump-perfectly-on-Rainbow Road-caliber prosciutto.
When you walk into Faicco’s Italian Specialties, you’re immediately overtaken by the scent of aged cheese and salty cured meats. The Greenwich Village market has been in the Faicco family since 1900 -- the first location was on Thompson Street, but it moved to its current Bleecker Street storefront in the 1940s. Faicco's is first and foremost a butcher shop known for its house-made sausages, but its inventory is full of all the ingredients you'd need to fashion an authentic Italian feast, from cans of San Marzano tomatoes and imported burrata to prosciutto bread and prepared foods like arancini rice balls and baked ziti. The sandwich counter is a huge hit for the lunch crowd with a menu of Italian heroes, meatball subs, and daily specials like chicken cutlet with mozzarella and pesto.
You can get a hefty Agata & Valentina Italian Combo sub at the original UES location of this gourmet grocery chain. The store also offers a selection of ready-to-eat cured meats, baked goods, and fresh pasta.