On your way to the mall?
You'll need some fuel to make it through this marathon weekend. Here are three good, no-nonsense eateries that are near major malls and serve moderately priced fare. And they should get you out in time for a full day's work.
Grimaldi's in Garden City has a motto: "Just like under the Brooklyn Bridge." It's the suburban offspring of the city spot with roots that go to East Harlem. This one isn't far from Roosevelt Field. It makes excellent coal brick-oven pizzas, from the basic Margherita to white pizza with garlic. There are more than 25 toppings. Tasty calzones, salads, eggplant rollatine, too.
Bobby's Burger Palace in Lake Grove is at the Smith Haven Mall. The Bobby in question is Flay. His chainlet sends out satisfying burgers, shakes, malteds. The Crunchburger adds potato chips to the American cheese as a topping. But you can crunchify any choice. The Bobby Blue brings together blue cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato; the L.A. has avocado relish, watercress and Cheddar. Yes, it serves grilled cheese, too.
La Piazza in Melville is just south of Walt Whitman Mall. A monument to mozzarella, it's the third La Piazza, with relatives in Plainview and Merrick. A comfortable eatery for all, with familiar selections. Very good brick-oven pizzettes, bruschetti, stuffed peppers, minestrone, pasta e fagioli, meat-filled lasagna, rigatoni with sausage and white beans, chicken scarpariello on the bone with vinegar peppers, plenty of salads.