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RVC: 3 Brothers named Best Vegan Pizza

Jay Astafa and his award winning vegan pizza

Jay Astafa and his award winning vegan pizza Credit: 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) just bestowed much amore on 3 Brothers Pizza Cafe in Rockville Centre, terming chef Jay Astafa’s seitan bacon ranch pie “Best Vegan Pizza" in the U.S.

Astafa, who is only 19, is currently a student at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in Manhattan. He uses grilled seitan, tempeh bacon, tomatoes and Daiya mozzarella (a vegan “cheese” that melts and stretches like the real thing) to create his award-winning pie. An 18-inch pie, which feeds four, goes for $25; a 12-inch personal pie costs $13.

But Astafa's repertoire doesn't end with pizza.  While researching an article on vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants, several months ago, I dined at  3 Brothers, which is more than just a pizzeria. Dinner kicked off with oyster mushrooms in a silky, fragrant "'scampi"  sauce. A bright Greek salad featured tofu feta cheese, boosted by a lively lemon vinaigrette. Seitan Marsala was architecturally plated with mashed potatoes and spinach.

While the restaurant also offers non-vegan pizza and entrees, it's in the realm of the meatless and dairy-free that you'll find the greatest creativity.

3 Brothers Pizza Pizza Cafe is at 212 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-766-3939.

Pictured: Jay Astafa and his award-winning pizza

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