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Delicious Italian Comfort Food

For vegans and meat eaters alike

Whether you or someone you love dining with is vegan or can’t consume meat, dairy, or gluten, you’ll be thrilled to discover that an amazing gem has come to town. 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe has relocated from Rockville Centre to Merrits Road, right off Hempstead Turnpike in Farmingdale.

If you have carnivores and herbivores in your group, neither has to compromise—there’s something for everyone. 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe Farmingdale is one of the most vegan-friendly restaurants on Long Island. They not only offer a full vegan menu from salads to scrumptious vegan treats, but also serve a full traditional menu with a comprehensive selection of appetizers, salads, brick-oven pizza, pasta, and entrees.

Owner Andy Astafa named 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe for his three sons. In 2009 after realizing that there were very few vegan options on Long Island, son Jay Astafa created the vegan menu at the original 3 Brothers, which was recently sold so the family could work closer to home.

The talented vegan chef designed a menu inspired by comfort foods like mozzarella sticks, seitan Parmesan, macaroni and cheese, vegan cheese pizza, and penne alla vodka, but also offers classic appetizers like oyster mushroom “calamari,” and buffalo “drumsticks” and fried “Chix’n” drumsticks, which have a wooden chopstick-like bone.

3 Brothers offers a yummy selection of salads, including vegan Caesar with soy Parmesan, Greek salad made with tofu feta, baby spinach salad with soy bleu cheese, and a buffalo seitan Caesar. You can easily turn any salad into a meal with the addition of grilled seitan or tofu.

Vegan pasta selections are available with whole wheat or gluten free spaghetti and include fettuccine alfredo with a vegan Parmesan infused cashew cream sauce, stuffed shells with a cashew-tofu ricotta filling and Daiya mozzarella, and a delicious orecchiette with Italian sausage and broccoli rabe prepared with homemade seitan sausage.

Traditional Italian entrees take a super special twist with tofu, seitan or tempeh Parmesan, seitan marsala served over mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach and smothered in a mushroom marsala sauce, and many other seitan entrees. More casual diners will enjoy the bacon cheeseburger made, vegetarian style.

Pizza and calzone lovers will enjoy selecting every detail of their custom vegetarian pie from choice of crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings. In a blind taste test, you would never detect that the deliciously decadent desserts are vegan. 3 Brothers also serves a full traditional menu.

3 Brothers offers takeout, delivery, and a catering menu. The restaurant is open 
Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and closed on Mondays. 
A vegan brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe at 75 Merritts Rd., Farmingdale; visit www.3brotherspizzacafefarmingdale.com, or call 516-755-1100.

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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