Georgio Testani and his wife Lydia are moving their Georgios
Coffee Roasters from Huntington Station to a 1,200-sq. ft.
location at 1965 New Highway in Farmingdale. The Huntington
Station shop a destination for the local coffee cognoscenti
will serve its last cup of coffee and sell its final
bag of beans September 30. Georgio expects hell be up
and running in Farmingdale by mid-October at the latest. Its
stress and anxiety right now, but it all ends up well,
he said. Were going from a Volkswagen to a stretch
limo [the new store is] three times the size.
The new location has seating for patrons, a coffee bar, with
espresso and siphon-brewed coffees, and a retail area. Georgio
will roast on premises. Having a larger store will allow him
to host coffee cuppings, seminars and other events on site.
Customers, whom he affectionately calls his coffee groupies,
are thrilled about the expansion. One of the more interesting
items to move, Georgio said, was his 40-year-old Probat coffee
roaster. Strapped onto a flatbed truck, turned heads as it
lumbered down Route 110.People had no idea what this
thing was going down the street. It looked like a space ship,
he said. Georgio said hes looking at a second location,
but is keeping details close to the vest until he signs a
lease. North Shore [customers] wont be as happy
[when we move]. But well try to change that in the future
- hint, hint, he said.
The bowlful of tiny silvery fish glistening in the fish case
at Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill (273 Main St., Huntington
631-385-3474) looked to this Foodie like frat party food.
In fact, the tiny fish, each no bigger than a toddlers
slender finger, are known to Greeks as Atherina. They swim
by the millions in the Aegean, and when lightly dusted with
flour and flash fried, become the Greek equivalent of a French
fry. No need for extra salt, the fish bring their own briny
flavor. And hold the ketchup; a squeeze of lemon juice makes
a far better accompaniment.
Every Sunday at Andreas 25 (6300 Jericho Turnpike, Commack,
631-486-7400, andreas25.com) the a la carte menu is transformed
into a family affair. Your appetite is sure to grow like their
portion sizes as platters of baked clams, fried calamari and
shrimp oreganata are split up right at your table. Entrées
include an assortment of traditional dishes such as veal marsala,
chicken francese and their featured Andrews sauce consisting
of meatballs, sausage and braciole with pasta. Everything
at Andreas 25 is made fresh from recipes that have been
passed down in the family for generations. Tables are large
enough to accommodate 10 of your dearest family and friends
with platters to feed them all. Mangia!
Its practically over before we even knew about it but
theres still a day or two to celebrate rice. You see,
September is (was) National Rice Month, sponsored by the USA
Rice Federation to celebrate the rice harvest. USA Rice is
encouraging consumers to try new rice recipes weekly and post
their comments and recipes on Facebook. Visit www.usarice.com/nationalricemonth.
TASTE OF THE TOWN:
The 2011 edition of Farmingdale Chamber of Commerces
popular fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, October 5
at the Stuart Thomas Manor, Farmingdale. This intimate event
is being held to benefit the YES Community Counseling Center,
a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been assisting and
providing services to youth and families of the Massapequa,
Plainedge and Farmingdale areas since its birth in 1977. The
best local restaurants and specialty food and beverage establishments
will be offering their culinary delights on this day for a
great cause. Visit stuarthomasmanor.com to learn more.
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