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A Taste Of Naples

The first thing you notice when walking through the doors of Pizza Fabbrica in Hicksville are stacks of cooking wood piled up on either side of you sitting atop a glacial black floor. Complete with high ceilings and a bar made of recycled ebony stained wood from a Pennsylvania barn, the rustic factory and earthly style ambiance that Pizza Fabbrica immediately immerses its visitors in is definitely no mistake. In fact fabbrica means factory in Italian. Although there is much to take in at this genial eatery, John LaForte, a co-owner of the establishment makes one thing clear: “At the end of the day we are all about making good food.”

LaForte opened Pizza Fabbrica at the end of November with co-owners and lifelong friends Charles Fusco and Paul Presta. “We have lots of experience from other pizzerias we have worked at but we got together and collaborated on this one,” explained Laforte.

Three handmade wood burning ovens from Naples are clearly visible at the back of the establishment with the last names of each co-owner displayed on them in large gray and white letters against a gleaming black and white mosaic background. “Everything here is full disclosure,” LaForte said. “The kitchen is fully visible and everything is made right in front of you.  We have a great staff, and some of them have even been with us for 10 to 20 years.”

All of the pizzeria’s ingredients are fresh and all natural, and many are flown in fresh from Napoli and Campania. While pizza is the specialty, the menu also includes salads and calzones.

“Our food is 100 percent traditional,” said LaForte. “My favorite here is the meatballs. We have a secret recipe for them that really is the best. On the pizza end of things we have it all. We really are trying to duplicate the Napolitano style of pizza.”

Granite high top tables stand along the bar area for people who want to eat and drink, or watch a game. The bar is fully stocked and bartender Benito Trombetta has a wide range of interesting cocktails he makes for customers.

Eric Lamonsoff from Merrick was sitting down to eat pizza with three of his law partners and said, “the pizza here is probably the best I ever had. The atmosphere is friendly. It really has become our go-to place. Without breaking the bank it makes lunch special.”

And though it has a sophisticated atmosphere, Pizza Fabbrica is a great place for the whole family, and kids are welcome to make their own pizzas at their tables.

Fusco had been been running a pizzeria in Tribeca for almost two decades and envisioned how Pizza Fabbrica would look like from the very start. “I had the idea for a long time that I wanted to make a pizza place like this,” explained Fusco. “I wanted to make simple but good food. I came out here, and I knew this would be the perfect location. I have been in the restaurant business for a long time now. I love to meet people and to speak to them. I want them to understand the history of this place and at the same time make them feel at home.”

Pizza Fabbrica is located on 1040 South Broadway in Hicksville. Visit www.pizzafabbrica.net or call 516-597-4792 for more information.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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