La Focaccia: More Than Just
By Alessandra, Terri and Frank
For a home-cooked meal without actually
cooking it yourself, add La Focaccia in Melville to your list
of places to go.
Located next to a dry cleaners and a Starbucks, this
take-out and delivery goldmine is the perfect way to start
your lunch break or end your day for dinner. And with a menu
as large and bountiful as theirs, you may not know where to
We started with a rice ball ($4.25) and complimentary salads
that come with each entrée. The rice ball was cooked
to the perfect temperature, breaded perfectly with a center
filled with meat, sauce and peas. A side of sauce came with
the meal, which was great for dunking a forkful of the rice
ball. The salads were fresh, topped with tomatoes, red peppers,
olives and more. It definitely left us ready to start the
Other appetizers include stuffed mushrooms ($6.95) and mussels,
in your choice of marinara or white wine sauce ($9.75).
For our main course, we had a pasta, a chicken entrée
and a seafood entrée and all left us satisfied.
The Broccoli, Garlic and Oil Pasta ($14.25) was cooked well.
For each pasta dish, you can choose among spaghetti, penne,
rigatoni, linguini, angel hair, ziti, bowties and cheese tortellini.
We chose the good old-fashioned rigatoni. Other specialty
pastas they have include Putanesca ($13.95), which comes in
a plum tomato sauce sautéed with capers, artichokes
and green and black olives. They also have creamy mushroom,
which is based in a classic Alfredo sauce.
We tried the Chicken Sorrentino ($16.25), which is sautéed
chicken with eggplant, prosciutto and mozzarella cheese in
a marsala wine demi glaze. It was phenomenal and mouth-watering.
The chicken was tender, the sauce was delicious and the eggplant
and prosciutto were the perfect way to kick it off for a dynamite
bite. Other meals on the menu include Veal Rollatini ($17.50),
which is veal scaloppini rolled with prosciutto and mozzarella
in mushroom marsala demi glaze.
For the seafood, we tried the Jumbo Shrimp Fra Diavolo ($17.95),
which includes six shrimp sautéed in a hot, spicy marinara
sauce. It was pleasantly spicy, but not so much so that we
couldnt enjoy it. The sauce was so flavorful and perfect
for dipping with homemade garlic bread sticks. The shrimp
were so good that we wish there was an option to order a larger
platter. Other seafood meals on the menu include La Focaccia
Zuppe De Pesce, which is six jumbo shrimp, calamari, scunguilli,
mussels, and clams served in a zuppe de pesce homemade marinara
Of course, considering its a pizzeria, we had to have
a classic regular slice ($2.40). No wonder the restaurant
revolves around the gourmet pizza. If youre looking
for something a little bit different, theres the Buffalo
Pizza Slice ($3.95), Classic Grandma Slice ($2.85) and a Tomato
Pesto Slice ($3.95).
There arent that many places to sit, and the parking
could be a problem sometimes because of the busy entrance/exit
off of Route 110, but La Focaccia is definitely worth the
trip. And luckily, they deliver.
64 Broadhollow Road
Cuisine: Italian, pizzeria
Hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
12-9 p.m. Sunday