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.