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Seventh Street Cafe: Perfect Authentic Italian

Taste & Toast the Town named Seventh Street Cafe's grilled octopus Best Appetizer on Long Island 2018.

In the heart of idyllic downtown Garden City’s shopping area, the much-loved Seventh Street Cafe that has been serving Long Island’s most authentic Italian cuisine for a quarter century is now amid a Renaissance.

Owner Victor Scotto, of Scotto Brothers hospitality group, personally took over operation of the restaurant in December, taking the reigns from outside management. Scotto, who is wellknown for his architectural genius, began renovations.

He redecorated the European-style dining room, opting for a lighter, brighter color scheme, added comfy booths in one section, and built an expansive new bar area, made of beautiful white quartz from Italy. The private catering room also received a fresh, new look, featuring imported Italian ceramic tile flooring. Scotto also redesigned the semiprivate room for his new creation: the 20 Table, a large, square table, designed to allow large groups to dine together, with each guest able to easily see and converse with one another. This unique offering was inspired by Scotto’s own family.

“My sister had me tear down a wall in her house, so she could have one table large enough to seat her whole family, which includes 10 grandchildren,” Victor says. “I thought customers might also enjoy this same feeling of closeness and togetherness.”

They certainly do. The 20 Table, which can actually accommodate up to 24, has delighted both large families and corporate clients alike, and is in near-constant demand.

Scotto’s warm personality provides a personal touch in the dining room, as he is often seen greeting customers, many of whom have become friends, with his infectious smile and joking manner. When he is not in the dining room, he is taking care of things in the kitchen.

Scotto has personally retrained the entire staff on the finer points of service and hospitality and put in place an all new management team, including his cheerful and gracious partner Brooke, who works with him as a Catering Sales Manager. Scotto also enjoys expert assistance from his son and right-hand man, Victor Scotto Jr., who graduated at the top of his class with advanced degrees in restaurant and hotel management from the illustrious Johnson & Wales University, and is now the General Manager of the family’s Chateau Briand catering facility in Carle Place.

To take the already fantastic food up a notch even higher, Scotto hired new Executive Chef Saverio Caratozzolo from the five-star La Terrazza in Rome. Caratozzolo has created many unique new dishes, which have been very well received. His specials quickly sell out each week, and Taste & Toast the Town recently named his grilled Mediterranean octopus appetizer served over quinoa and arugula salad the Best Appetizer on Long Island.

Chef Caratozzolo also began importing numerous specialty products from Italy, including burrata cheese, an uber-fresh soft cheese making its debut on the menu; the finest bufala mozzarella; intensely flavorful, farm-made pecorino Romano; black truffles from Abruzzo; nocciola (hazelnut) gelato; and simple-yet-delicious biscotti, for his scrumptious homemade tiramisu, which is a must-try.

“The best way for me to use my knowledge of food is to work with a person like Mr. Scotto,” Chef Caratozzolo says. “We understand each other.”

New menu items also now feature many organic products, and gluten-free dishes are now available as well. Scotto also recently began featuring whole fresh fish on the daily specials board, which are flown in daily and are one of the most popular new items.

On a recent visit, our waiter Fabrizio was our culinary guide, describing the mouthwatering specials. We started out with the Pumpkin and Cheese Risotto, made with organic pumpkin and imported Pecorino Romano cheese, followed by Rigatoni Bolognese, with a side of Fresh Ricotta, and Branzino Mediterraneo — broiled branzino with kalamata olives, Sicilian capers, fresh tomato, and roasted potatoes.

How was it? As we concluded our meal, we heard the gentleman seated at the table next to us compliment Mr. Scotto, “The food is outrageous!” and we both immediately nodded our heads in emphatic agreement.

Whether trying it for the first time or returning to try the new menu, Seventh Street Cafe is one exceptional restaurant you must experience.

Seventh Street Cafe is located at 126 Seventh St. in Garden City. It can be reached at 516-747-7575 or seventhstreetcafe.com

Seventh Street Cafe Owner Victor Scotto and Brooke Scotto.
The 20 allows guests to more easily see and converse with one another.
The Branzino Mediterraneo is a must-try.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Opens Port Jefferson Station Location

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest private radiology practice on Long Island, opened its 29th location with a new addition in Suffolk County on Wednesday.

The office is located at 4 Medical Dr. in Port Jefferson Station, which will enable the company to better serve the residents of eastern Suffolk. The facility will initially offer limited services such as MRI and Ultrasound imaging. Additional services and modalities, including X-Ray, CT and DEXA, will be available soon. The facility will be open to patients on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are excited to be a part of the Port Jefferson Station community and look forward to providing access to better healthcare in this beautiful town,” said Bob Day, Chief Operating Officer of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology prides itself on being a patient-centric practice. They employ over 65 subspecialty-trained radiologists who only read studies within their field of expertise leading to more accurate results. The reports and images from exams performed at any Zwanger-Pesiri facility are posted on the Patient Portal for the patient to access at his or her convenience. Patients can then securely fax or email their information to additional physicians with just a few clicks.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology has been serving the community for over 65 years with locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn providing a range of radiological specialties, including musculoskeletal imaging, neurologic imaging, oncologic imaging, vascular imaging, and more.

Having over 70 board certified radiologists that have multiple subspecialties and offering twenty-six 3T MRI units, ten 1.5T MRI units, three 1.2T Open-Sided MRI machines, twenty-nine 3D Mammography units, six PET/CT scanners, and the first clinical outpatient MRI/PET system in the country, Zwanger-Pesiri continues to provide the highest quality of care and excellence to all of its patients.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology strives to provide the most advanced technology available today, with a strong focus on delivering a quality of care unmatched in the industry. For further information, visit www.zprad.com.

Making a Difference on Long Island One Person, One Cause at a Time

Those who attended the Angel Awards on September 27 know firsthand the incredible impact that even one person’s selfless efforts can make in the lives of the less fortunate on Long Island.

Rhonda Klch, Executive Director of the Equity First Foundation, said each of the incredible 20 women honored at the luncheon do inspirational work on behalf of their communities every day.

“These women, all amazing in their own right, all a reflection of the strong, positive, powerful images that we see when we think of the word empowerment,” she said.

The Angel Awards honor the memory of the life of Rhonda’s mother, who was also a philanthropist. Klch’s nonprofit provides a variety of assistance to those in need.

Angel Award honorees included Tracey Lutz of CHI; Allyson Scerri, who founded New Beginnings, a traumatic brain injury treatment facility in Medford; Gina Centauro, who cofounded Rescuing Families to help families make required renovations to homes; Lisa Albinowski, a Senior Care specialist with Coldwell Banker; Megan Smith, who works with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michael Magro Foundation, & Stupid Cancer; Anne Line of the Carol Baldwin Research Fund; Christina Lentini of State Farm; Patricia Peterson of Angels of Long Island; Therese Mora of Investors Bank; Nicole Contrera, a ZUMBA fundraiser organizer; Donna Lillie, who supports the Boy Scouts; Debbie Stone of Pop Earth and Teri Mangione, both with boys who were diagnosed on the spectrum; Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, a teacher from Bridgehampton who won the 2016 New York Agriculture Teacher of the Year Award; Renee Flagler from Girls Inc., which empowers young women on Long Island; Carla Hamilton, director of the Hofstra University MBA Co-op program; Patricia Balestras from Bucket List Tour; Connie Henriquez and Chrissy Bogue from their TV show Date Night, and Heidi Felix, a community leader.

Klch alone has given countless workshops, seminars and training to people who are incarcerated, homeless, receiving social services, veterans, and others who would not normally have access to this important information and services. Her organization itself provides low- to no-cost services to individuals and groups in areas including understanding money, financial management, special needs, estate planning, and many issues relating to financial education.

She issued a call to action to remind the public that everyone has the ability to make a difference by following the example of those honored at the Angel Awards luncheon.

Upcoming events her foundation is hosting include the annual event to Celebrate Veterans Day on November 10 for veterans and their families, and Holiday Dream, an event that provides hope for at least 500 needy families during the holidays.

To get involved in EFF, contact Rhonda or Lisa at 631-714-4822×102 or 110 or e-mail  rhonda@equityfirstfoundation.org or lisa@equityfirstfoundation.org. For more information, visit equityfirstfoundation.org

Where Are The Best Places To Shop on Long Island?

BEST MALL
With more than 100 stores, Tanger Outlets at the Arches is the one-stop shopping destination for everything you need, and offeing a shopping experience unlike any other. From clothes and shoes to accessories, makeup, and so much more, this extraordinary mall is also known for its fantastic prices. It’s also home to a cinema, outdoor skating rink and plenty of restaurants, making it a great spot for family fun, too. Tanger Outlets at The Arches, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, 631-667-0600, tangeroutlet.com/deerpark

BEST DOWNTOWN
Established in 1691, this historical village is centrally located along the Nassau/Suffolk line and home to an eclectic range of shops and restaurants. Stroll along Main Street and enjoy a range of specialty shops such as The Chocolate Duck for some decadent treats. With so much good shopping, it’s no wonder that Long Islanders declare Farmingdale Village the Best Downtown! Farmingdale Village, 361 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-249-0093, farmingdalevillage.com

BEST TOY STORE
For more than 30 years, Fun Stuff Toys has been providing Long Island with the very best toys around. Not only is this go-to toy shop home to an abundance of pretty much every toy or game you could ever imagine, for all ages, but it also has an extremely friendly, enthusiastic and helpful staff. Whether you’re looking for something for newborns, teenagers, or adults who are young at heart, Fun Stuff Toys has it, guaranteed! Fun Stuff Toys, 3639 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 516-409-8697, fstoys.com

BEST JEWELRY STORE
This family-owned gem of a jewelry store has been serving LI for more than three decades and is staffed with a friendly and knowledgeable team of experts who can help customers locate the perfect piece of jewelry for any occasion. Whether you’re ready to pop the question, celebrate an anniversary, surprise that special someone, or treat yourself to a precious gift, From Italy With Love has it all! From Italy with Love Jewelers, 473 Old Country Rd., Westbury, 516-333-3702, fromitalywithlovejewelers.com

BEST HOBBY STORE
If you love to hunt, head over to South Shore Sportsman, Long Island’s foremost firearms and accessories store. Their selection of rifles, ammunition, and optics is unmatched, as are their prices. Hunters will find a broad selection of decoys, game calls, scent covers, survival supplies, and other essential outdoor gear. A one-stop shop for hunters, South Shore Sportsman also has expert sales staff to answer all your questions, as well as cleaning supplies and parts for your equipment. South Shore Sportsman, 9 Lansdowne Ave., Merrick, 516-992-0004, sssli.com

BEST COLLECTIBLES & NOSTALGIA STORE
Located on Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park for 72 years, Bobb Howard’s General Store is stocked from floor to ceiling with more than 1,200 nostalgic candies and toys to bring back memories of childhood. It’s a great multi-generational trip to share with your children, parents, and grandchildren. Bobb Howard’s General Store, 581 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park, 516-354-9564, BobbHowardsGeneralStore.com

BEST PAWN SHOP
A past winner, Collectors Coins and Jewelry wins again for excellent customer service and unmatched experience. Here’s where Long Islanders sell jewelry, diamonds, coins, silver, gold, and watches for fair prices. With five locations around Long Island, there’s a Collectors nearby where you can turn your jewelry into cash. There’s no pressure to sell, though you’ll find on site a gemologist and numismatist (coin specialist) to estimate the value and authenticity of your goods. Collectors Coins and Jewelry also repairs your jewelry and watches, which you can have appraised by an onsite expert. Collectors Coins and Jewelry, multiple locations, collectorscoinsjewelry.com

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestof.longislandpress.com Voting in the 2019 Best of Long Island program runs through Dec. 15.

Kings of Long Island To Be Honored At Business Networking Event

All hail the Kings!

Dozens of successful business, community, cultural, political, civic, and religious male leaders will be honored at SCNG Events’ prestigious Kings of Long Island Awards and Networking event this month.

SCNG Events, a division of Long Island Press parent company Schneps Community News Group, will honor some of the top businessmen from Suffolk and Nassau counties on November 29 for the work they do in their professions and their communities.

Among the honorees are Edward D’Ambrosio of Douglas Elliman, who will be honored as the Realtor of The Year.

The empowering event connects and recognizes the most powerful and active members of the community in one room. It provides face-to-face networking, as well as business building, team building and branding opportunities.

Sponsors include the Whitmore Group, Long Island Cigar & Bourbon, Grassi & Co., Plainview Hospital, Syosset Hospital, Maffucci Moving & Storage Corp., the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center, and Vertigo Media Group.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29 at Leonard’s Palazzo, 555 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck. Tickets cost $175 apiece. For tickets or more information, visit schnepscommunicationsevents.com or contact Joanna Austin at jaustin@longislandpress.com or 516-284-3331 x237

Horoscopes By PsychicDeb For November 2018

Aries – A major transaction can be made. An important person visits your home, gives you the stamp of approval, and leaves you with a stronger belief in yourself. Be prepared to use past experience in a drive for money or success. Capricorn plays a key role.
 
Taurus – A love relationship is not coming to an end; it’s merely moving to a new level. You’ll make major adjustments in your emotions. The greatest lesson to learn is to shed jealousy and possessiveness. Discover new areas of mutual interest and growth.
 
Gemini – This month’s accent is on fun, adventure, a new lease on life. Someone is strongly involved and want to take you places, especially where you’ll encounter new faces and fresh scenery. A theater trip may be on the agenda; a dramatic Leo type will be the center of attention.
 
Cancer – Service to others is highlighted. Your special talent can be used to encourage or inspire those just starting out in life. A sentimental glance at the past shows you how to make the most of your present opportunities. Family members help out.  
 
Leo – You’ll feel like a non-conformist at work this month. You’ll want to make your own rules. Others are likely to be more amused than annoyed by your statements. Don’t push your luck too far, however. Know when to stop. A Gemini is in the picture. 
 
Virgo – Your partner, mate or associate expects much from you. You may feel limited, restricted, and hemmed in by a need to deal with details. Consider this a challenge; you’ll gain self-esteem and satisfaction from your ability to stick to a job.
 
Libra – You attract change, travel, variety. Someone issues a surprise invitation and wants you to attend a social event. Be flexible; you’ll deal with a large group of people, learn fascinating facts, and enjoy a romantic interlude. Pay attention to a Gemini. 
 
Scorpio – Money that was owed to you arrives in the nick of time. A luxury item you desire can be purchased and will bring pleasure to your family as well as yourself. This month is likely to be sentimental, affectionate, and set in a domestic background.
 
Sagittarius – Steer clear of a financial deal that seems too good to be true. It probably is! Accent spiritual values rather than worldly concerns. Watch a tendency to view someone of the opposite sex through rose-colored glasses. Virgo and Pisces are good company.  
 
Capricorn – You’ll shake hands on an excellent business deal. Preference will be given to you over competitors because of an old friendship. Enjoy exploring mutual interests with one who can pull strings for you in your career. You’re on the way up!     
 
Aquarius – “Love for all” should be your motto this month. Don’t exclude anyone who appeals to you for help or wants to be part of a high-level celebration. In-laws or people from afar are part of this month’s dynamic picture. You’ll rise above petty matters. Aries plays a key role.   
 
Pisces – A new direction involves travel, higher learning, and expanding horizons. Be yourself – you’ll feel more independent, vital, and courageous. A Leo type believes in you and will announce it to the world. Nothing can stop you!   
 
IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL. 
Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair

Long Island Concerts & Events November 5-8

The Great Gatsby 
The Broadway stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1931 novel comes home to Long Island, weaving a tale of power, lust, greed, jealousy and the illusory promise of an America gone by. Bay Street Theatre. 1 Bay St., Sag Harbor. $20-$35. baystreet.org. Nov. 5-Nov. 25.

Corey Smith
Smith is coming to town on The Great Wide Underground Tour. Opening is Whiskey Road, UnWined, Country Blendz and DJ Deuce. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, muls.com $22-$25. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7.

Iron & Wine
Known for experimenting with lyricism and allegorical narration, the band’s Grammy-nominated “Beast Epic” is representative of the creativity behind their own brand of indie folk. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $30-$75+. 8 p.m. Nov. 7.

Lucia Mercelli
First picking up the violin at the age of three and going on to be classically trained at Juilliard, Lucia Mercelli breathes life into her instrument. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, paramountny.com $25-$49+. 8 p.m. Nov. 8.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
The timeless story of a hunchback named Quasimodo in 1482 France at long last makes its way to Long Island in this musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel. The Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village. 34 West Main St., Babylon. $74. argyletheatre.com. Nov. 8-Dec. 30.

Entrepreneur Krishan Lal Kapur Dies at Age 91

With great sorrow, we announce the passing of our beloved father, Krishan Lal Kapur, affectionately known to all as “Baaji.” He fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer from August 2017 until Oct. 23, 2018.

Baaji, born on July 1, 1927, is survived by his wife, Shanti Kapoor, five children, Sarojini Kumar, Vijay Kapoor, Reena Puri, Vinay Kapoor, and Anil Kapoor, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He loved and was loved deeply by his family and touched the lives of countless others.

He was a man of strong will power, resolve and principals, who lived a long and successful life and followed his principles of truth and honesty. He always had deep religious faith but never enforced it on any of his children. He always told his children that if they are confident about something to follow their instinct even if he told them otherwise. His positivity and encouragement to focus on “good news” impacted all around him and will continue to live with us as well celebrate his life every day.   

Throughout his life he had been a constant support and enforcer for all his children in their endeavors. He always reminded them to be the best in whatever it was they chose to pursue. Baaji started his life as a civil servant but over the years grew into a true entrepreneur seeking opportunities in business and real estate every moment.

He excitedly helped his three sons start their separate successful businesses. Two weeks before he was admitted to hospice care, he enthusiastically suggested starting a real estate business. The energy and willpower Baaji displayed to us is a reminder that no matter what obstacles one might face, we should always remember to make the most of our time here.

We will all continue to follow in his footsteps and forever look back fondly on the memories we cherish with our father. While this might have been the last chapter of Baaji’s physical existence, we know his soul will be with us forever. 

 

CDPAP: Keeping Home Care In The Family

Home care patients are often uncomfortable letting a stranger into their home to take care of their medical and personal needs. It’s can be an anxiety-inducing experience for patients.

Thankfully, there is an alternative: the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), a statewide Medicaid program that has helped thousands of patients over the last decade. The program allows participants to choose a caregiver they know and trust — either a child, sibling or some other family member. All but a few family members are approved.

For clients contacting Edison Home Health Care, the process often works like this: a patient, not satisfied with their current home care situation, calls a CDPAP coordinator at Edison Home Health Care, a New York State-certified Fiscal Intermediary (FI) for CDPAP. Edison’s staff helps coordinate the necessary nurse assessments who make  home visits to see if the patient qualifies for the program. Assessments are conducted by Maximus, a New York State-approved vendor, and the patient’s Medicaid plan of choice. For clients already enrolled in a Medicaid plan, a Maximus assessment is likely not necessary.

To qualify, patients are required to need assistance with activities of daily living or skilled care and be self-directing. The program is for long-term care for at least 120 days.

Next, the coordinator works on qualifying the caregiver the patient wishes to hire — no formal training or license is required, a feature unique to CDPAP. Rather, the patient trains their own caregiver.

Once the patient is qualified and enrolled, the patient then “hires” the caregiver.

For patients who need the home care but don’t want to let a stranger into their house, visit the CDPAP Department of Edison HHC dedicated CDPAP website at cdpapny.org.

What Is The Best Candy Store on Long Island?

Whether it’s chocolate, hard candies, lollipops, caramel or licorice that satisfies your sweet tooth, when the urge for something sugary strikes, sometimes only a trip to the best candy store will scratch that itch.

Long Islanders voted Bobb Howard’s General Best Candy Store on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest.

For great candy with old-fashioned charm, Bobb Howard’s General Store will satisfy your sweet tooth while reminding you of simpler times. Located on Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park for 36 years, Bobb Howard’s has a great assortment of retro candy.

Remember Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, Wax Lips, Fruitstripe Gum, Regal Crown Sour Cherry, Wacky Wafers, Whistle Pops? All that and a whole bunch more make up this time capsule of a candy store! With so much candy, games, and nostalgia to choose from, Bobb Howard’s General Store brings out the kid in everyone!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestof.longislandpress.com Voting in the 2019 Best of Long Island program runs through Dec. 15.

Bobb Howard’s General Store is located at 581 Lakeville Rd. in New Hyde Park. It can be reached at 516-354-9564. BobbHowardsGeneralStore.com