Deli / Bodega and Gourmet Shop$$$$
Little Italy, New York
  • Jamie L.
    "Best Italian combo sandwiches in all of little Italy!"(9 Tips)
    Tom J.
    "Great old-fashioned Italian deli, large sandwiches"(5 Tips)
    Shaw Yean L.
    "Try the fresh mozarella, prosciutto and Parmesan & prosciutto balls"(3 Tips)
    Jon S.
    "oldest cheese store"(2 Tips)
60 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • Italian food
  • great value
  • authentic
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachNovember 19, 2016
    Get the Italian sub. It's otherworldly and feeds two.
  • Rian O.
    Rian O'SheaSeptember 22, 2016
    I had the sausage with peppers hero at San Genero. Best sausage with peppers sandwich I ever had!!! I will absolutely be back. Tony Danza was there cleaning the grill and was a true gentleman!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonJanuary 28, 2016
    The Italian sub is huge. It's also really good, but only order it if you can handle a whole lot of meat.
  • catherine p.
    catherine paoOctober 16, 2015
    gigantic meatball subs for $10. could easily feed 2 people.
  • Some G.
    Some GuyJune 13, 2015
    Get the fried prosciutto balls they are incredible
  • William H.
    William HubaJune 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    On man that chicken parm hero is part of my life style.
  • Ciaran G.
    Ciaran GroarkeMay 15, 2015
    Italian combo hero
  • Tom C.
    Tom ConteMay 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Italian Combo. Plenty of meat on hearty Italian bread.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackApril 29, 2015
    This place has all the charm of NY in the 1920s (it's apparently the oldest cheese store in the country), and their sandwiches are simple and delicious.
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephApril 23, 2015
    Great old-fashioned Italian deli, large sandwiches
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuMarch 11, 2015
    Italian subs are massive and generously filled with cold cuts, however it needed more hot peppers/oil. Also I asked for sharp provolone and they wouldn't let me substitute it for the sandwich.
  • Emilio V.
    Emilio VitoloJanuary 22, 2015
    Loved getting my cold cuts here too bad Bobby retired
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 25, 2014
    Order the arancini :)
  • Tracie L.
    Tracie LeeOctober 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get one of the older guys to make your sandwich - they are the masters.
  • Raquel V.
    Raquel VasconcelosSeptember 2, 2014
    Most delicious sandwich I had in NY. Order the Italian Combo. It's delicious and serves two easily.
  • Jason
    JasonAugust 27, 2014
    Mozzarella sticks
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    Heralded as the oldest cheese store in the U.S., Alleva specializes in ricotta and mozzarella.
  • Lou C.
    Lou ChiorazziApril 30, 2014
    his is one of the oldest authentic NYC Italian deli’s - We get a sub here every many months or so :) - salami, hot sopressata, fresh mozz, lettuce, oil, vinegar
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic spot
  • Samantha C.
    Samantha CherneyDecember 17, 2013
    Great burrata
  • João E.
    João EstevesOctober 20, 2013
    Don't miss! Huge sandwiches with good prices and awesome produtcs.
  • Betty
    BettyOctober 11, 2013
    If you can't decide, give the Sopressata a try. Only choice to make: sweet or spicy!
  • keith b.
    keith baumwaldAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Italian Combo is an amazing sandwich - also get some rice balls heated up
  • Nick D.
    Nick DevaneJuly 16, 2013
    A real old Italian deli. Great Chicken parm.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJuly 9, 2013
    Italian specialty goods, imported cheese, and some hefty sandwiches. Aim for ones with homemade mozzarella or ricotta.
  • Zaquan
    ZaquanJune 24, 2013
    Check out the panini's
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MooreApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I like the meatball sandwich here, but they don't have it everyday. You really can't go wrong with any of their other heroes though. Turkey/Swiss works great.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherApril 2, 2013
    DIY porchetta sandwich.
  • Zack🍕🍕
    Zack🍕🍕March 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Grana Padano
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the most authentic, stupendous prosciutto this side of the atlantic. order half a pound (*thinly* sliced) and eat it from the paper package while walking down the street.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah Judd WelchJanuary 24, 2013
    Sandwiches are nearly as big as Parisi's but with fresher meats. So good! Plus, super friendly staff.
  • Hattycakes H.
    Hattycakes HatsJanuary 14, 2013
    Italian Combo was the best thing I ate in the city!
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YangDecember 28, 2012
    #1 Italian combo. Best cold cut sandwich for lunch in town.
  • Avi F.
    Avi FlamholzDecember 16, 2012
    Love love love this place. One of the few remnants of old Little Italy. Excellent mozzarella, soppressata, prosciutto, etc. Really nice people, too. Only caveat - the olives are only OK.
  • Vincent I.
    Vincent IadevaiaSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella on a hero. If you didn't order this, you screwed up.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ChuSeptember 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Perhaps the best ricotta I've ever had Read more
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveJune 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sandwiches do big I eat half for lunch and half for my 4pm snack. Try San Danielle prosciutto + mozzarella. And then grab some alla Calce olives.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 30, 2012
    Established 1892. Continuously family owned. Oldest Little Italy cheese shop. Original tiled walls and tin ceiling. Painted glass signs advertising "Burro e Uova" and "Latticini di Nostra Produzione."
  • Evan T.
    Evan TrittMay 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I really dont want to share these, but their prosciutto balls are amazing at 3 for two bucks
  • Harry R.
    Harry RaymondMay 4, 2012
    $10 credit card min. Classic Italian deli.
  • Amy S.
    Amy San JuanApril 28, 2012
    Get a rice ball and bruschetta. Best I've ever had.
  • Ron G.
    Ron GoldinApril 25, 2012
    Customize on the combos as you please, they're guidelines. Gigantic too!
  • Percolate
    PercolateMarch 21, 2012
    Get a prosciutto & mozzarella sandwich and enjoy. It's amazing.
  • Shaw Yean L.
    Shaw Yean LimFebruary 18, 2012
    Try the fresh mozarella, prosciutto and Parmesan & prosciutto balls
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterJanuary 24, 2012
    Since 1892! This place is real and very, very delicious.
  • Kelvin
    KelvinJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch sandwiches are a great value. Go for the prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich, some olive oil on ciabatta bread.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KiserDecember 16, 2011
    my favorite italian deli.
  • Aurelia S.
    Aurelia SofiaDecember 13, 2011
    My queen want hotdogs !
  • Amy S.
    Amy San JuanNovember 19, 2011
    Best bruschetta I ever ate!
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzOctober 6, 2011
    One of my favorite lunch spots. $7.75 for a hero that can easily feed 2.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'TooleAugust 15, 2011
    The Italian Combo is the tits.
  • Scanwiches
    ScanwichesAugust 7, 2011
    Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Peppers on an Italian Hero Read more
  • Scanwiches
    ScanwichesAugust 7, 2011
    Salami, Soppressata, Prosciutto, Peppers, Provolone, Oil and vinegar on an italian hero Read more
  • Scanwiches
    ScanwichesAugust 5, 2011
    Turkey, Swiss, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Oil and Vinegar on an italian hero. Read more
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LeachApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Italian combo sandwiches in all of little Italy!
  • Yesbelt F.
    Yesbelt FernandezMarch 1, 2011
    The pepperoni from Alleva is great! Just like the kind on Lomardi's pizza. Much better than that hormel stuff.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PantojaAugust 17, 2010
    Although the "go-to" in the area is Parisi, there are a few old school spots like Alleva that make great, reasonably priced Italian combo sandwiches and specialties
  • Chad M.
    Chad MarraJune 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best. Sandwiches. Ever.
  • Ian W.
    Ian WestcottMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Get a rice ball, and then eat it out of your hand while you walk to your destination.
  • naveen
    naveenNovember 10, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    my spot for lunch when I'm working from home (rotate between any of their four basic sandwiches)
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