Zito's Owners Marcello Bucca and Enzo Conigliari
Some big news coming out of FIPS this afternoon: sandwich standby Press 195, which has been on Fifth Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets for the past ten years, is closing down, and Zito's Sandwich Shoppe is moving into the space.
When reached for comment, Zito's owner Enzo Conigliaro expressed how excited he and co-owner Marcello Bucca are about taking over the restaurant. "We heard a rumor that Press wasn't going to renew their lease, so we jumped at the opening," he said. "This is a great opportunity for us to expand locally."
Press 195, which also has locations in Bayside and Rockville Centre, was unique when they first opened but has failed to draw the crowds in recent years, even though the offerings were always perfectly acceptible, if pricey for what you got. They'll be closing by June 11th, and it will only take the Zito's folks a couple days to turn the space over and open back up.
"It's already a sandwich shop, so there's not much work to do," said Enzo. "We'll do some cosmetic things, renovate real quick, install our signage, and then we'll open."
The goal is to make the new shop as identical as possible to the original, which opened last year on Seventh Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets and has developed a major following thanks to its fierce dedication to classic Brooklyn Italian sandwiches. The only difference, according to Enzo, will be waiter service, as opposed to the order-at-the-counter format at the original.
And don't forget: You'll also be able to get your Zito's fix in Coney Island this summer!