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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

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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