From the outside, the combination of Don Juan Mexican Restaurant's Mission-style structure and neon-purple signs hints at both a family restaurant that showcases Mexican, Southwestern, and Spanish cuisine as well as popular spot for nighttime lounging. Warm candlelight flickers atop clothed tables as the wait staff drops off plates of chillies rellenos, paella, or cilantro-lime salmon, culinary traditions that garnered notoriety from Massapequa Patch. After the sun sets and they turn back into humans, visitors arrive to celebrate nights on the town by sipping margaritas made from freshly squeezed fruit juice on an open-air patio. Vintage Mexican posters and colorful artwork line the earthy, clay-colored walls, which creates a homey yet elegant backdrop for feasts of cheesy enchiladas suizas or creamy custard flan.
Begin your trip down the meatball-lined sidewalks of Ciao Baby with a look at the menu of classic Italian eats. For antipasti, roll a homemade Sicilian rice ball filled with ground meat, peas, and plum-tomato sauce ($14.95) into your jaws. Lunch light with a member of the Wrap Pack, such as the Salsiccia Sammy (Italian sausage, tri-color peppers, and Vidalia onions sautéed in white wine and topped with mozzarella, $10.95), or lend some evening gravitas to your appetite with a dignified order for Nonna's Old World Meat Platter (freshly made meatballs, hot or sweet sausage, and San Marzano tomato sauce atop macaroni; half $23.95, whole $33.95).
Hershey's Ice Cream has been treating customers with scoops of chilly, sweet ice cream made from wholesome ingredients since 1984. Each flavor is created using fresh cream and condensed milk mixed with high-quality cocoa, handpicked frozen fruits, and high-grade nuts. The company's long history is reflected in the nostalgic vibe of its '50s-style ice-cream parlors, which feature classic ice-cream bars with colorful vinyl barstools and festive decorations. Customers can stop in for cones, sundaes, and shakes, or stock up on candy and other sweet novelties.
It all started with a patty. When Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne would prepare their family's recipe for the traditional Jamaican meal in their St. Andrew's bakery, their son Lowell would follow along. He would watch studiously as his parents filled golden pastry pockets with steamy mouthfuls of jerk chicken, spicy beef, curried shrimp, soy, or veggies, memorizing the feel and consistency of the patties and the mouthwatering smell gradually filling the warm kitchen. Lowell and his siblings crafted a well-rounded menu from their family’s still-secret recipes and took it to the Bronx, where they opened the first Golden Krust restaurant in 1989. Since then, the popular Caribbean chain has spread over nine states, and Lowell's business savvy has earned him recognition, including an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and a thumbs-ups from every Fortune magazine in his doctor’s office. The Hawthorne siblings have shared their success with both the American and Caribbean communities, creating a foundation in honor of their parents that grants college scholarships and sponsors educational programs.
The chefs at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano craft traditional Tuscan and Sicilian dishes as well as their own idiosyncratic takes on classic Italian recipes. While digging into a half chicken breast in sage butter sauce, diners can admire the eatery’s wrought-iron chandeliers and walls painted to resemble an Italian villa. Tromp l’oeil arched pillars frame murals of pastoral Tuscan landscapes, depicting mountains, vineyards, and groups of tourists asking for directions.
Salvatore Fontana opened Fontana's Pizza in 1972 in West Babylon. Years later, his son Joseph took the reins by overhauling the menu and reopening the business in its current Long Island location, all while retaining his father’s integrity and work ethic. The latest menu includes square, Sicilian-style pizzas and regular round pizzas crowned with unusual toppings, from buffalo chicken and baked ziti to fried chicken and shrimp. To further set themselves apart from other pizzerias, the Fontanas also carry seafood items such as baked clams and mussels. But their biggest distinction is a personal endorsement from chef-turned-actor Joe Gannascoli, famous for his portrayal of doomed mobster Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos. All menu items are available for dine-in, carry-out, and special events, whether it’s a family get-together or a birthday party for one of the Ninja Turtles.