Bigger is better.
That's the mantra of countless Long Island eateries that are supersizing their offerings, from cupcakes to calzones.
TV glutton-fests, such as Travel Channel's "Man v. Food," have featured such local behemoths as the belly-busting "World" sundae at International Delight Cafe in Bellmore and the head-turning (and head-sized) rice ball at Ciao Baby in Massapequa. Or you may have seen some of these dishes on your own smartphone; restaurants have gotten wise to the fact that there's no better marketing tool than an arresting image on Facebook or Instagram.
Here are 11 oversized eats to share with a group or — if you're up for it — to attempt on your own.
Luigi's Pizzeria (526 Jericho Tpke., Mineola): Luigi's has a menu of pizzas, pastas, wraps and salads, and as of last year, a two-foot-wide calzone that's stuffed with ten pounds of filling and feeds anywhere between eight to 12 people. The calzones are made-to-order and can be stuffed with any of the pasta on the menu; the most popular being mac-and-cheese, penne all vodka and spaghetti with meatballs. $64.95. Other location at 1372 NY-25A in East Setauket. More info: icraveluigis.com
Bowlero (5660 Sunrise Hwy., Sayville): The Behemoth Burger is just one of the oversized treats at chain bowling alley Bowlero, with locations in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The six-pound, 14-inch party burger is topped with bacon, American cheese, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and a special sauce and is served on a housemade sesame bun. Also available: A two-foot hot dog dubbed the Coney Mega Dog, which is loaded with chili, melted queso, diced onions and mustard, and an XXL pretzel, 14-inches in diameter, served with mustard and melted cheese. To wash it all down, Bowlero offers "mega mule" and "dunk tank" cocktails, $33 each, which hold 101 ounces and 123 ounces (almost a gallon), respectively. All oversized eats are meant to be shared with parties of eight to 10 people. Menu items' availability and pricing vary by location (burgers, available for events only, $55.99; hot dogs start at $18.99; pretzels start at $18.99). Other locations at 2183 Jericho Tpke. in Commack and 199 E. Jericho Tpke. in Mineola. More info: bowlero.com
Right Coast Taqueria
Right Coast Taqueria (16 Commack Rd., Deer Park): This fast-casual, industrial-looking taqueria located across from the Deer Park Tanger Outlets serves up traditional Mexican and Central American fare, like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. One item in particular on the menu that's traditional, but not when it comes to its size, is the "Big Crunch" taco. A 10-inch flour tortilla is fried into the shape of a taco shell, which is then filled with classic toppings. Choose from four meats (chicken, steak, shredded beef and pork), plus toppings, like cheese, lettuce, avocado, beans, sour cream, and homemade salsas ($11.95). More info: 631-940-8300; rightcoasttaqueria.com
The Whisk Bakery & Cafe
The Whisk Bakery & Cafe (975 W. Jericho Tpke., Smithtown): Twenty-one-year-old Amanda Vigliarolo went from graduating with culinary and pastry degrees from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island to opening up this bakery, which she was once employed at, within weeks. Welcome The Whisk, that turns out cakes, cookies, ice cream, hot and cold coffee beverages ... and a 4-by-4-inch piece of rainbow cookie crumb cake that feeds up to four and weighs nearly one pound. Jelly is stuffed between layers of almond cake, which is then topped with crumbs and a chocolate drizzle ($2.50). More info: 631-670-6772; thewhiskbakeryli.com
My Three Sons Bagel Cafe
My Three Sons Bagel Cafe (974 Franklin Ave., Garden City): It's no secret that Long Islanders have a big appetite for bagels. Now, they can satisfy their cravings in a big way, too. My Three Sons Bagel Cafe offers a giant "party bagel," measuring 18 inches across, that can be stuffed with anything from cold cuts to chicken cutlets and mixed vegetables. Standard options are the American (turkey, roast beef, ham, American cheese, lettuce and tomato); Italian (Genoa salami, prosciutto, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce and tomato), both $74.95; Godfather (fried or grilled chicken cutlets, mozzarella and roasted red peppers); and "the club" (breaded or grilled chicken, your choice of cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato), both $79.95. Each order, which comes precut for 20 people, includes macaroni and potato salads, plus coleslaw. Call at least two days ahead to place an order. Other locations at 295 Nassau Blvd. in Garden City South and 88 Covert Ave. in Stewart Manor. More info: mythreesonsbagelcafe.com
The International Delight Cafe
The International Delight Cafe (322 Bedford Ave., Bellmore): Since 1999, housemade gelato has been the specialty here, where customers can order it in a cup or cone, alongside waffles, in milkshakes, sundaes and more. It's also the main ingredient in the cafe's oversized desserts: The Shooting Star, made with one and a half gallons of gelato, $60, The World, which comes in two sizes, a small with two gallons of gelato, $75, and a large with three gallons, $85, and The Universe, made with 5 gallons ($135). Each dessert mingles gelato with waffles, whipped cream and unlimited toppings and sauces. Vegan flavors and dairy-free sorbet are also available. More info: 516-409-5772; internationaldelig.wixsite.com
NY Cupcakery (2544 Merrick Rd., Bellmore): Joseph Polito has been serving cupcakes and other baked goods for nearly 10 years from the counter of his storefront located on the corner of a tiny strip mall off Merrick Rd. Daily, customers can find mini and regular-sized cupcakes, but with a one-day heads up, Polito can bake cupcakes from "the size of a cantaloupe," meant for 16 to 20 people, to ones the size of a "large pumpkin," meant for 40 to 50. The sweet treat, typically made up of four layers of cake and three layers of filling, is completely edible and customizable -- choose from vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, marble, funfetti and more for the base and cookie dough, s'mores, dulce de leche and cookies and cream for the filling. Buttercream swirled on top is the final touch. All orders require an initial 50-percent deposit. Small, from $27, to large, from $150. More info: 516-409-8866; nycupcakery.com
Ciao Baby (50-74 Sunrise Hwy., Massapequa Park): Ciao Baby's description of its rice ball is as memorable as the signature menu item: 'It's as big as your head." The head turning appetizer serves five to six people and consists of risotto mixed with chopped meat, peas and marinara sauce. It's finished with melted mozzarella and topped off with ricotta cheese and more sauce (more marinara or vodka sauce) and costs $16. Ciao Baby also serves a "famous volcano" that includes 14 scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, berries, crushed Oreos, candied walnuts and whipped cream inside of a milk chocolate shell. It's enough for six to seven people, $22. More info: 516-799-5200; ciaobabyrestaurant.com
That Meetball Place
That Meetball Place (206 Main St., Farmingdale): Meatballs might be the star at this two-story joint in Farmingdale, but when it comes to jumbo-sized eats, potato "tots" take the lead. The tots, which stand two-and-a-half inches tall and are approximately the size of jumbo marshmallows, are stuffed with Cheddar cheese and bacon and are served with a horseradish sauce. TMP tots come in orders of six ($10) or 10 ($15). Pretzels that measure 11 inches across are also offered in traditional salted, garlic asiago, toasted onion and everything, and can feed up to four. For dessert, patrons will also find a giant cinnamon-sugar pretzel that's served with chocolate, caramel and whipped strawberry dipping sauces. All giant pretzels are $12. Other location at 52 W. Main St. in Patchogue. More info: thatmeetballplaceli.com
Vito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Vito's Ristorante & Pizzeria (91 Forest Ave., Glen Cove): Vito Marchese introduced this three-foot chicken roll six months ago during a food-eating challenge at his restaurant, where diners were also expected to eat a 22-inch pizza and 12 fresh mozzarella-and-tomato stuffed garlic knots, plus a 2-liter soda. Now, it's a staple at the pizzeria. The three footer, which feeds at least seven to 10 people and costs $45, is made-to-order and can be stuffed with more than just fried chicken cutlet, homemade sauce, ricotta and mozzarella. Customers have the option of getting it stuffed with meatballs, and eggplant, among other items. More info: 516-759-1366; vitospizzany.com
Nina’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
Nina's Restaurant and Wine Bar (487 Main St., Northport): A personal pie at Nina's is 12 inches. A standard pie is 16 inches, and its giant specialty pie measures 20 inches. But, its jumbo pie, dubbed the party pizza, spans 30 inches. Since February 2018, owner Stepan Aslanian has turned out these pies, which are cut into 16 slices then served right in the restaurant, or put in a specially ordered, heavy-duty box for takeout. Aslanian said regular pies go fastest, but they're completely customizable -- from Buffalo chicken, to salad slices and more. He also admits no one has ever finished the pie, which weighs anywhere from 8 to 10 pounds. To move the pie in and out of the oven requires the use of a giant wooden pizza paddle that could accommodate a 30-pound turkey, or toddler. Prices start at $40. More info: 631-261-6822; ninaspizzanorthport.com