After opening 3 successful burger restaurants on Long Island, a Galatoulas family is holding on pizza: Rocco’s Pizza in Bellmore is a latest try from a owners of Burgerology (branches in Rockville Centre and Huntington) and New York Burger Bar in Massapequa.
Rocco’s takes over a small storefront during a dilemma of Camp Avenue and Newbridge Road that has prolonged housed a pizzeria, many recently Marge Anthony’s and, before that, Pepe’s and Luigi’s. It’s a plcae that John Galatoulas knows well. “I grew adult in a neighborhood,” he said. “Both my mom and we went to high propagandize during Mepham right down a travel so we were always here.”
For a pizzeria, John teamed adult with partner Rosario Manzella, who had been a cook during Burgerology though also has decades of knowledge in Italian restaurants. At Rocco’s (named for his Sicilian grandfather), he is upping a ante for area pizzerias with hand-cut fries, sandwiches on homemade focaccia and resourceful entrees such as duck breasts “Mona Lisa,” surfaced with roasted peppers, asparagus and mozzarella in a shallot-white booze sauce.
Not that pizza gets brief shrift. Manzella is unapproachable of his grandma cake (“I got a salsa recipe from my possess grandma.”) and such specialty pies as inverted Sicilian, duck Caesar and “the best duck bacon ranch.”
Rocco’s has 4 booths, dual tables and foresees a lot of takeout.
Rocco’s Pizza is during 1906 Newbridge Rd., Bellmore, 516-781-1100.
Erica Marcus, a ardent though doubtful omnivore, has been stating and opining on a Long Island food stage given 1998.