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Monacos Coal Fired Pizza takes over the sideways-facing Huntington Station storefront best known for having housed Massas Pizzeria and, for a short time after that, Christians.
The place is owned by the Pasquarosa family father, Tony, mom, Laura, and son, Andy. According to Andy Pasquarosa, pizzaiolo Roni Sanchez has been making pies in the same coal oven for the past five years, under both previous ownerships.
I stopped into the simply appointed spot and tried both the personal-sized Margherita pizza, topped with fresh mozzarella, a bright tomato sauce and basil ($7.75), and the signature Monaco's pie ($10.75) with its hearty mixture of ground sausage, peppers, onions and fresh mozzarella. Both had a puffy-crispy crusts with a nice char. And if the underside of the sausage pie didnt stand up to its heavier topping, it still made for good eating. A pallid chopped salad ($7), however, fell short.
Recipes for entrees, heroes and pastas have been in the family for decades, Andy Pasquarosa said. Also on the menu: a seafood salad ($8 small, $16.50 large), spaghetti with meatballs ($9.25), coal oven roasted peppers with tomato and fresh mozzarella ($7.95)
Monacos Coal Fired Pizza is at 146 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station, 631-923-0707.