Between the saintly feasts and street festivals of June and September, the perpetual search for sausage-and-peppers leads to D'Angelo's. Or as the casual place is formally known, D'Angelo's Sausage & Pepper House.
This order-and-eat-under-the-umbrellas spot is the offspring of the sausage trucks from Dominick and D'Angelo that sustained commuters along Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park for a long time. They were the best stop on the Q-11 bus.
So, for a taste of nostalgia and sustenance, I'm on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, where the old favorites carry on. You'll find a savory choice here while waiting for the festivities on Mulberry Street.
The combo of sausage, peppers and onions is, of course, husky stuff. Try the hot sausage instead of the mild. Another excellent way to keep in shape is the "pork steak braciole" stuffed with pecorino cheese, garlic and parsley. Sometimes, it's a special alla Parmigiana, too. D'Angelo also sends out a respectable Philly cheesesteak, jumbo Sabrett hot dog and, yes, a Cubano sandwich.
Dissenters can pick a burger, grilled chicken teriyaki, or a hot dog finished with peppers, onions and potatoes. Dr. Brown's Root Beer and Cream sodas plus the Stewart's repertoire head the soft drinks.
D'Angelo's is at 918 E. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station; 631-424-0653. Open every day, from 11 a.m. And, with a $15 minimum, they deliver.