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3 La Bottega eateries break from franchise
Three of Long Island's 17 La Bottega franchises have gone independent, each changing its name but keeping most of the grill-pressed sandwiches and salads from before. On the menu, some dishes have also had name changes.
In Huntington, the former La Bottega is now called New York Panini. Owner Joe Quirke said what used to be called the Susan salad, made with breaded chicken cutlets, hot peppers and Gorgonzola, is now known as the Lucci salad ($10.40); nothing but the name has been altered.
In Floral Park, owner Paul Capoziello has changed the name of his place to Capo. In addition to panini and salads, he said he offers 15 house-made soups — such as butternut squash and pasta e fagiola ($5 small; $9 large) — as well as a full roster of entrees and specials.
Zona is the new name of the former Massapequa Park La Bottega. According to co-owner Lori DiPrisco, a few Italian-style sandwiches, such as peppers and eggs ($6.75), have been added. Also, the specials menu has been expanded.
One sandwich from the original menus that you'll find at all three new places is the Ascoli — slowly roasted suckling pig with fresh mozzarella, broccoli rabe & spicy red peppers on round rustic ($9.50 in Floral Park, $9.20 in Huntington, $10 in Massapequa Park). No name change involved there.
New York Panini is at 9 Wall St., Huntington, 631-271-3540.
Capo is at 49 Covert Ave., Floral Park, 516-216-5177
Zona is at, 4883 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-799-4444