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Dortoni Bakery & La Bonne Boulangerie The Scent of Sweet Success

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

When Lello Messina started in the bakery business, European cakes and pastries were new, as were specialty and theme cakes. Now known for...

Coal Fired-Pizza The Magic of Grimaldi’s

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

There aren’t too many pizzas cooked in tried-and-true coal-fired ovens these days. Calling it a dying art, and one that should be...

Mama Sbarro: Three Generations of Dining Traditions

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

In 1956, Gennaro and Carmela Sbarro (Mama Sbarro) opened their first Salumeria (Italian grocery store) in Brooklyn, NY. It was instantly...

A New Breed of Pizzeria Comes to Long Island

By: Red Tomato

Any pizzeria worth its weight in mozzarella should have the spirit of a family kitchen–festive, warm-hearted, filled with irresistible...

Fresh Food & Friendly Service A Formula for Success

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

Pam and Dean Constantatos — owners of First Class Bagels — first met while working at the Sea Coral Diner in Hauppauge. Dean...

An Italian Family Tradition for over 55 Years

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

Over 55 years ago a family tradition was born in East Meadow when three brothers Al, Phil and Frank, from Naples, Italy opened the doors to...

Captivating Pizza Lovers for Decades

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

Umberto’s Restaurant and Pizzeria has captivated pizza lovers in New Hyde Park for decades with its flagship establishment. Over the...

Holding Hands with the Pioneers of Pizza

By: Maria Orlando Pietromonaco

Emilio’s Restaurant & Pizzeria has been gracing the town of Commack with its old-world Italian charm since 1980.What started as...

Growing Up in the Diner Business: The Diner Was My Playground

By: Mike Panagatos

This past summer I was driving my daughter Sophia to camp and she asked me if I ever went to camp as a child. I smiled and said, “the...