Bars We Love: Mangia e beva at Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe!

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7604 3rd Avenue,  (between 76th and 77th), 718-836-7777, Bay Ridge
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What it is: The second location of the Park Slope deli and beer house; a modern take on the old-school Brooklyn Italian luncheonette.

Why we love it: It’s a dual beer and sandwich shop, combining two of our favorite things into one! A great spot for lunch, or to pick up—you can fill a growler with any of the six beers on tap for $16, as well as take home mason jars of marinara sauce ($7.50/quart) and meatballs (three for $6).

What to order: You can’t go wrong with any of the classic hoagies, like the 8h Pork Bragiole ($11), made with pork from Faicco’s Pork Store in Dyker Heights, served on bread from Bensonhurst’s Il Fornaretto. For a snack, try an order of four rice balls ($6), in delicious, inventive varieties like mac and cheese and fried ravioli. Wash it down with a pint of a local microbrew by Sixpoint or Kelso, or try one of the 40 plus domestic craft bottles.

Regular tip: Owner Marcello Bucca opened Zito’s as an homage to his favorite Italian delis growing up in Bensonhurst: Joe’s Superette, Trunzo Brothers Meat Market and Salumeria, and Cangiano’s, all closed.

Zito’s is featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & the Rockaways Beer Book, on sale now.

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