Roast The Toast Of Melville
By Danny Schrafel./ firstname.lastname@example.org
Can a sandwich render a man speechless? After taking a bite
of Roast Sandwich Houses out-of-this-world meatball
hero, the answer is a resounding yes.
Brothers Paul and Matthew Doyle and childhood friend Joseph
Cordaro, all of Hicksville, are the men behind Melvilles
new gourmet sandwich spot. They have been considering going
into business together since Joseph and Matthew were teenagers.
We always wanted to open up a business together,
Paul, 31, said. One day we got the opportunity to have
a place on 110 and take a shot at it for our own place.
Leading up to opening Roast in November, Matthew and Joseph,
both 26, studied at the Culinary Academy in Syosset and gained
experience at CoolFish, Ludlow Bistro, Blackstone Steakhouse
and other Long Island restaurants. Most recently, they worked
together at Westburys City Cellar. Paul continues to
work in the financial field.
Their mission at Roast is to offer fresh ingredients,
put a twist on them and put them into a good sandwich,
We roast all of the meats the pork loins, the
turkey and chicken. That was our basis, he added. We
didnt want to buy Boars Head and be like every other
deli we wanted to be a little more homey.
They carry their culinary efforts in a bright, modern storefront
with rock music playing in the background. The menu includes
soup, salads, sandwiches, paninis and wraps made with all-natural
ingredients and fresh roasted whole meats. Sandwiches are
served in small roasting pans, which make a very satisfying
clunk as they hit your table.
Matt came in with one, and we had to go with them,
Paul said of the pans.
I started with a selection of Roasts innovative sides
none of which exceed $3. Roasted Brussels sprouts and
carrots ($2.99) are addicting and tender with a hint of lemon;
the bite-size morsels just call for popping them in your mouth
by hand, one by one. Southwest Potato Salad ($2.95) kicks
up the classic side a notch with bacon and spicy mayo. House
French fries ($2.75) are cut fresh and served in sea salt
and cracked pepper. Sweet Potato Tots ($2.99) make a great
choice if you want something a little less salty.
While the sides are great, sandwiches are king at Roast. Southwestern
Roast Chicken ($8.25), filled with Monterey Jack, fresh-roasted
corn and tomato salsa, guacamole and blackened aioli has a
smoky kick fitting for the name. The fresh corn in the sandwich
is a standout, especially as the crisp, sweet kernels pop
in your mouth. The Ciabatta bread, from Brick City Bakery
in Ozone Park, is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Braised brisket grilled cheese ($7.89) one of Josephs
favorites combines thick sourdough, tender, roasted
meat and white cheddar, Swiss and havarti for an ooey-gooey,
Now for the sandwich that left me gob-smacked and silent.
The Sandwich House Meatballs ($8.29) continue in that flavorful
trend, combining caramelized onions, oven-dried tomatoes,
homemade mozzarella and a Parmesan cream sauce with beef,
pork and veal meatballs on a garlic toasted Cuban hero. Its
a flavor explosion thanks to the rich sauces and cheeses that
are punctuated by the tomatoes and onions, and the first melt-in-your-mouth
meatball hero Ive ever had, courtesy of the soft Cuban
Pauls favorites on the menu include the Herbed Pork
Panini ($7.79), loaded with mozzarella, onions, cherry peppers,
wilted spinach and garlic aioli. With such an emphasis on
freshness, the salad list including roasted veggies,
barbecue chicken, roasted beet, grilled chicken Caesar and
oriental sesame chicken, to name a few looks promising
The owners said they have big plans for Roast. Expect seasonal
specials with a core group of sandwiches, panini and salads.
Paul added he hopes a Roast franchise will be in their future.
With such a strong start in Melville, who could count them
Roast Sandwich House
827 Walt Whitman Road, Melville