Written by Sheri ArbitalJacoby, Farmingdale@AntonNews.com Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
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.