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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.

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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