Dr. B Well Naturally

8 Washington Ave Plainview, NY 516-932-9355

John Azzarelli, co-owner of Dr. B Well Naturally

(Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus)

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No matter what you've resolved to give up for the new year -- gluten, dairy, red meat or white sugar -- Dr. B Well Naturally is the place to not find it.

In June 2009, brothers John and Anthony Azzarelli bought the store, which John Azzarelli describes as "a health-food store and natural deli."

Dr. B Well carries a full line of organic produce, whole grains and spices in bulk, plus organic and /or vegan groceries of every description. The 20-year-old store is one of Long Island's best sources of gluten-free and dairy-free products.

"Deli" barely scratches the surface of the food prepared daily under the supervision of chef Karen Bonfield: a panoply of entrees, vegetables, salads, soups and sandwiches (plus juices and smoothies) designed for all diets.

The dishes we sampled -- chicken with leeks and artichokes, quinoa with broccoli and a lemony kale salad -- were no less delicious for being extremely virtuous.

Less of the store's area is devoted to vitamins and nutritional supplements, but here is where John Azzarelli makes use of his training in both traditional and alternative therapies. Azarelli's degree as a licensed pharmacist taught him about drug interactions and side effects. His decades-long experience with dietary supplements, he says, has enabled him to understand the limits of both approaches to health.

The Azzarellis own another store, Nature's Apothecary, in Brooklyn. When John is working in Plainview, on Mondays and Thursdays, customers (often equipped with blood-test results) line up for his advice. "Once I get here in the morning," he said, "I'm quizzed pretty much constantly." -- Erica Marcus (Newsday / Jan. 5, 2012)

John Azzarelli, co-owner of Dr. B Well Naturally in Plainview, counsels a customer on nutritional supplements. (Dec. 29, 2011)

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