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Jun222012

Open for Business: Zito's North, 195 Fifth Avenue

The Slope's second Zito's Sandwich Shoppe will officially open for business at 1 PM this afternoon, in the space that was last occupied by Press 195, on Fifth between Union and Berkeley. In the two weeks since Press closed, Zito's owners Marcello Bucca and Enzo Conigliano have transformed the space into one with a nearly identical aesthetic to the original Zito's, on which opened a year ago Seventh between Seventh and Eighth Streets.

Not much else is different from the original either: the menu is the same, the beer selection is Sixpoint's finest, and there's even a spacious backyard. There are a few changes from the original, though: There's a four-seat bar up front, and as opposed to ordering at a counter wait staff will take your order and deliver your food to you, at one of the eight tables or at the small counters along the front windows and side of the room. 

For loyal Zito's devotees (of which there are many), the Fifth Avenue Zito's will not disappoint you. It fits right in with the easygoing spirit of this stretch of the avenue, and further confirms that this particular restaurant row is a major force to be reckoned with. 

Zito's Sandwich Shoppe North, 195 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 

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Reader Comments (22)

this is a great addition, but I really wish it were just counter service like the original Zitos.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterp.

In addition to great products, these guys have a great sense of design.
Their shop makes you feel good. The graphics are nice, the space is well decorated and the back yard is inviting. Wish them continued success as they expand. And their panelle is a great sandwich.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

As much as I love Zito's, hearing that the menu is identical makes me miss Press. Their selection and variety made for a quick and affordable weeknight dinner, and while Zito's sandwiches are delicious, their accompaniments are not nearly as extensive, varied or good enough to make this truly a full meal.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

Agree with Ben. I love Zito's, but they simply do not offer the diversity at this location that Press 195 did. It's either calorie-bomb sandwich or bust. Now, it's a good calorie-bomb sandwich, but it still is one.

To open with the same menu.....I hope the expanded menu is weeks away. This location needs some additional options, especially lighter ones.

Also, being that Zito's South delivered all the way into North Slope, I'm not seeing much of a gain at all here, just the loss of Press 195.

June 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterCubanSlope

Classic move of overeager owners expanding too quickly. Gotta give them credit for opening up right next door to a place that makes sandwiches that are 4x better than their own.

Zitos sandwiches are "great" when reviewed by boring ass middle of the road midwestern transplants living the dream in the "Slope." Drive out to NJ or down to Philly and you'll find a real hero/hoagie sandwich. These overpriced underseasoned sandwiches are very average.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

You have to be a serious sandwich elitist to say that these offerings are average. They're very good, the bread especially is fantastic. I've had great classic Italian sandwiches all over NYC and beyond and would categorize Zito's in at least 'very good' territory. I hope this isn't too much, too soon, but given the popularity of the 7th ave spot I think they'll do just fine.

Where in NJ or Philly am I going to for these "real" sandwiches. You might as well give me a couple examples if you're going to make a claim like that.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Sorry Dave, I lived in NJ for most of my life, and in an Italian American town but no, I never found a hero that matches the quality offered at Zito's. I also lived in Bensonhurst but there aren't too many authentic Italian-American delis left there either. That said, I do hope Zito's will diversify their 5th Avenue menu. When made with care, Bierkfraft's sandwiches are a force to be reckoned with and their beer selection is obviously more developed than Zito's.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheodore

Hey Dave -
Move back to Bayonne. Seriously, nobody wants you here.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRealParkSloper

@Here's Park Slope

Do you order at the counter and then sit down, or do you sit down first and have your order taken at the table?

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Seems like someone has a stick up their a**. Zito's makes great sandwiches and I'm born and bred in Brooklyn. Also, stop comparing them to Press 195. They're not the same type of food so there is no comparison. Get Zito's meatballs in the mason jar. Pair it with some broccoli raab for a nice picnic in the park.

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEC1234

Zito's sandwiches are definitely good, but I have to agree they're not great and definitely not as good as Bierkraft's sandwiches.

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Anxious to try zitos's after all the hype I have been hearing. Ordered a chicken parm sandwich and a diet coke ($2.50 for a can...really?) Anyway wholey underwhelmed. It was just okay. Needed more sauce. The chicken was chewy and a little tough. Don't believe the hype. Next door has superior sandwiches or take the walk to city sub.

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterzippy

OK, I know this is off topic, but I am moving into the nabe next week from Ditmas. What's the best local internet provider? On the cheap? I heard DirectTV etc.. Is Fios around or Cablevision?

sorry for the off topic. I read the blog religiously… looking forward to the new Zito's!

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjoan

My boyfriend and I tried to come here on Sunday. Service was awful. After receiving the wrong sandwich, one of us had to sit and wait while our sandwich got cold. After waiting 10 min for the correct sandwich, we eventually just got up and left. Way to ruin our Sunday.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSouth_Sloper

We went for lunch on Sunday - having never tried the other Zito's on 7th - and found it lacking. Waited a long time with the menus before ordering, and then the waitress arrived to say that they didn't have salads or beer yet. The chicken parm was fine (agree with Zippy, not enough sauce), and the #9 Italian was way over-meated with only 6 peperoncini slices and balsamic on half the bread to cut the fat. Doesn't compare to City Sub, 5th Ave Market or Bierkraft in quality or variety, at least for now - hoping that it improves as the staff settles in.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Dave, sorry, you're wrong! I am a born and bred NY'er and Italian to boot! And, Zito's sandwiches are good! At least the ones I have tried which include the eggplant parm, the pork braciola and the potato and egg.

I was not thrilled with the chicken parm, don't think they do that well at all, I will give you that. But the others are yummy. As are the rice balls!

I also haven't been to this location, they have table service? The counter service only at 7th Avenue works just fine, doesn't really seem like a table service kind of joint

To the people who want a bigger selection, seriously? It's an italian sandwich shop, and they provide a choice of 13, 14 sandwiches, how many more choices are needed?

if you don't want italian sandwiches, then Bierkraft is right next door, nice diversity I think

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Why would someone drive out to New Jersey or Philadelphia for a sandwich? Are you trolling, or just full of bad ideas?

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

south_sloper sounds like a real winner. Your sunday was "ruined" because your waiter accidentally gave you the wrong sandwich and you had to wait 10 minutes for a new one?

Are you kidding me? Are you that sad that something like that would "ruin your sunday?"

Jesus.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinkin

If only Zito's sidewalk sign weren't Times Square neon (or LED) bright! Ugh.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK.

Credit to Tag Collective for branding, design and interior concept and production:

http://tag-collective.com/

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Here is why you as Park Slopers are wholly a bunch of losers:

1) "If only Zito's sidewalk sign weren't Times Square neon (or LED) bright! Ugh." Who gives a fuck, does a bright sign stop you from eating at a place, go back to sipping your half skim latte at the cafe you have been to for the past 4 hours because you are a "screenwriter"

2) "After waiting 10 min for the correct sandwich, we eventually just got up and left. Way to ruin our Sunday." Jeez it's this drama that makes you just love the Slope.

3) "Anyway wholey underwhelmed. It was just okay. Needed more sauce" Great so it was a bit dry, why not open your fucking pie hole and ask for it instead of blogging it you dick

4) "Classic move of overeager owners expanding too quickly. Gotta give them credit for opening up right next door to a place that makes sandwiches that are 4x better than their own. " Classic comment from a cocksucker who dreams of opening a restaurant while blogging his keen biz overview -- go ahead and submit your biz plan to the SBA, they will laugh you out the door

5) "this is a great addition, but I really wish it were just counter service like the original Zitos." We know you are cheap just like the rest of the Sloper's so why not just write "great new place but I do not like to tip"

6) "Get Zito's meatballs in the mason jar." fuck you hipster mason jar lover

July 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterI love the Slope

I like Zitos a lot, however they can't compete with the likes of the White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City. They are the true regional gold standard for subs.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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