IMPORTED GELATO Newly-opened Martoni Gourmet Emporium on Gerard Street in Huntington Village just added a selection of gelato to its menu. Flavors include hazelnut, Madagascar vanilla, stracciatella, dark chocolate, pistachio and strawberry. Their gelato has the right texture and consistency. It tastes gelato available on the streets of Italy, and that’s probably because Martoni’s gelato is directly imported from Rome, Italy, according to store owners Mark Healy and Tony Bosco. The Foodies highly recommend this tasty treat as a means to cool off from the summer heat.
BISTRO CLOSES: RM Bistro Progressive Indian Cuisine in Commack recently closed after a nine-month run. This restaurant provided inventive Indian food to Long Island and fused traditional Indian style and American style cooking. Former head chef Apaar Verma recently left the country for a few months for apprenticing. During his leave, his father, Arun Verma, took over the restaurant. The Verma family said in a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “Chef Apaar has decided once returning from Gaggan in Bangkok, to focus on honing his craft and learning more before pursuing future endeavors.”
QUALITY DOUGHNUTS: Our Foodies have a soft spot for the jelly doughnuts at Reinwald’s Bakery in Huntington village. The bakery’s most popular doughnut brings together fluffy dough and the perfect amount of raspberry preserves and powdered sugar, all for $1.10 a pop. According to owner Richard Reinwald, customers gravitate towards the jelly doughnuts because the jelly is made in house. For more info, call 631-424-4034.
FOR AVOCADO LOVERS: On Jericho Turnpike in Commack, diners can find Avocados Mexican American Grill, which opened up this past spring. Foodies are flocking to this authentic Mexican restaurant for creamy guacamole, tacos, quesadillas, salads, burritos and yucca fries. Avocado enthusiasts can try the avocado quesadilla packed with fresh avocado, bacon, cheese, rice and red onions, and a side of tasty avocado dressing. Avocados also has a $7.99 lunch special that includes dishes like taco salad with beef or chicken, any burrito or a triple pack of tacos. The restaurant even offers $2 tacos each Tuesday so that any Foodie can do Tuesday right. For more info, call 631-343-5900
FARMERS MARKETS: There are a few farmers markets to visit each week around town, so here’s a list of them. Head to Greenlawn Value Drugs parking lot at the corner of E. Pulaski Road and Broadway, Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., through Sept. 24 (call 516-551-8461 for more info). Check out the Huntington market on Main Street, east of Route 110, Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 noon, through Nov. 19 (631-323-3653; Longislandgrowersmarket.com). Or, explore Northport’s market at the Cow Harbor Park parking lot, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., through Nov. 18, except Sept. 16 (631-754-3905; Northportfarmersmarket.org). Summer is a great time to get out and explore the Island and fresh produce the vendors at the markets have to offer. Once fall season rings in, the summer produce will not be available.