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Defonte’s Sandwich Shop

Founded by longshoreman Nick Defonte 83 years ago and now run by his namesake grandson, Defonte’s sandwich shop sells the kind of towering Italian heroes fit for the working man.

“For $7, our customers eat well,” Defonte told GO Brooklyn. Heaped atop 2-foot-long loaves, or in one-half or one-third-sizes, customers may select from a variety of combos: Virginia ham, fried eggplant and fresh mozzarella, or the revered potatoes and eggs with melted mozzarella. Defonte also recommends the Italian tuna sandwich — canned tuna with black olives, onions and tomatoes. For vegetarians, the “Valentino Special” is a finger-licking delight, topped with fried eggplant, roasted peppers and provolone. The hero is named after a real hero, neighborhood Firefighter Louis Valentino, who died in the line of duty in 1996.

Meals are perfect for takeout and packing lunch pails. The shop has very limited seating. Open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 am-8:00 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Where: 379 Columbia St. at Luquer Street
Tel: (718) 855–6982
How much: Sandwiches: $4.75–$10.95.
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Updated Feb. 1, 2012
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