Defonte's
Longtime shop for Italian sandwiches
Sandwich · Stapleton · $
The Zagat Review
4.5
Food
2.9
Decor
3.8
Service
 
“Don't eat for a week” before attacking the “two-handed” “Dagwood” sandwiches at these “lip-smacking” Italian sub shops; the '20s-era Red Hook original “used to feed the longshoremen” and still exudes a whiff of “old-fashioned Brooklyn” , while its Staten Island outpost continues the tradition.
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Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
location 95 Water Street, Staten Island, NY 10304, USA phone +1 718-285-4310 website defontesbrooklynstatenisland.com directions Get Directions
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Google Reviews
4.7
(62)
My favorite sandwich place in the world. Great staff, i go here once a week, i recommend the Italian stallion and a few stuffed peppers. Love it.
smoothbu · May 5, 2018
Best place to get the best sandwich you'll ever have, first time eating there today and will definitely go again, helpful staff, Rebecca was awesome . Thanks Rebecca . 😊
dolcey campbell · May 8, 2018
The above rating is based on one sandwich, Chicken Parmesan Hero. Good chicken and sauce, bland bread and cheese. Mozzarella may be okay but hard to tell since they use microwave to melt it and hero bread is plain baguetterather than Italian bread with sesame seeds. For the area, the hero may deserve 3.5 stars but I took off a half star because they melted the mozzarella by using a microwave instead of browning it in the oven and therefore it has no flavor and another point because everytime I came there just after 3 pm, (closes at 4), they barely had any hot food items in the warming trays because they were closing up well before closing and you can hear the disgust in the managers voice and see it in his facial expression, that he doesn't want to serve someone walking in from the street at 3:15pm. He was even shaking his head at the woman who answers the phone, to not take the order over the phone because apparently 40 minutes is not enough time to make food and walk out the door by 4pm. I have been wanting to try their food for over a year and the first time I came in at 3:30pm, as I can't get there much earlier from work. So i kind of understand why they had nothing on the warm food trays, but you don't shake off customers that way. If you don't want my business I certainly won't give it to you. There are tons of new restaurants in the area for me to try. Oh well, another business that won't last that long, as they are all fighting for the same business and the area is no longer dominated by homegrown New Yorkers looking for good Italian American food. What a shame since I am sure the Brooklyn location is not run that way.
Tm LoC · March 22, 2018