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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

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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