Burning Food Questions: 5 Things About Staten Island Food You’ll Be Glad To Know

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Every day via social media, email and more, a variety of food and restaurant questions filter through the backboard. You ask. We answer. Here are the top topics of interest from the past week based on readership reach.

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Fish for sale at Beyond the Sea (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)

Question: The Advance has mentioned a new place for seafood. Can you tell me where it is? My son-in-law cooks clams with an assortment of fish. Its usual market does not have variety, which is why we ask.

Answer: You might be thinking of Beyond the Sea, a seafood market that sells both fresh and cooked fish. The market is located at 84 Canal Street, Stapleton; 347-466-4555, Beyondtheseafood.com. It opens every day from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Common selections found in the frozen display include whiting, porgie, red snapper, croaker, tilapia, salmon, basa, and plaice. Frozen shellfish are also for sale.

For your convenience, market employees will steam and fry your choices. You can also order from a menu that features take out. The fish is breaded and fried in batches to order throughout the day. The combos include fries and onion rings.

To order one of the ready meals: first choose your protein: fillet, crab, mussels, shrimp or whole fish. Then choose your vegetables: okra, jalapenos, green peppers, carrots, red potatoes, cauliflower, corn, spinach, broccoli, shallot, cabbage or onion. Finally, indicate your seasoning – plain, Old Bay, butter, lemon pepper, Cajun, garlic or butter.

– Octopus Gardens, Elm Park, is a family business owned by the Cutrone family under the Bayonne Bridge. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)(Staten Island Advance / Pamela Si

Another fairly new place for seafood to check out is Octopus Garden, which moved from Gravesend to Elm Park a few years ago. He sells whole fish and, unsurprisingly, large quantities of octopus of various sizes which can be tenderized in the market kitchen. The store is located at 15 Newark Ave., 718-946-1100. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

Q: When does the Asian market open?

A: The mall it’s in – Roman Plaza on Forest Avenue between Northfield and South Avenues – is nearing completion, as reported in previous Advance articles on the subject. The supermarket is expected to open by August. It will be similar in configuration to his old home in Travis where he lived for several years. This previous operation had a seafood department with live whole fish and a casual restaurant. The new, modern location will be the anchor of Roman Plaza, which also houses a future Popeye’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and hibachi-sushi restaurant.

Anecdote: the grand opening of Asian supermarkets is generally marked by a lion dance.

– The Enoteca Maria in St. George celebrates the Nuns of the World with women from different cultures. (Courtesy of Jody Scaravella)(Courtesy of Jody Scaravella)

Q: Is the Enoteca Maria reopening?

A: Owner Jody Scaravella says yes and pretty soon. He detailed: “We are in upgrade mode, we expect the end of July but we are at the mercy of the contractors’ schedule. In the meantime, we will be building outdoor seating for our customers. The work is due to start this week.

DeLuca

The “La Diana” pizza includes pears, goat cheese and mozzarella cheese, arugula and prosciutto. From Luca, Tottenville. (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri) Staff-Shot

Q: What is Masseria DeLuca and will it sell pizza?

A: Rob DeLuca will be opening his Italian restaurant concept DeLuca’s on the North Shore at 616 Forest Avenue in West Brighton in September. But forget the name “masseria” which means “farm” in Italian. DeLuca said so many people were referring to the new location as simply being “DeLuca’s” or “DeLuca’s on Forest” that DeLuca just dropped the first word from the concept. It will now be called DeLuca’s Trattoria.

As for the pizza, there will be plenty from the old kitchens of Project Brunch sur Forest. Sold by the whole pie, the pizzas will be available for pick-up and delivery. These will be of the Neapolitan variety over a wood fire.

“It will be a thin crust pizza with gourmet toppings like ‘La Diana’ with fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, honey, truffle and arugula,” DeLuca said. It will also offer homemade pasta and Italian dishes similar to those at the Tottenville location. There will be a private room for parties and outdoor dining in a structure extending into part of the parking lot.

Anecdote: the address of 616 contains the number associated with angels. DeLuca says his grandmother is his Guardian Angel and it’s a fortuitous coincidence.

The interior dining room returns

Mary Alestra and Papa Joseph eat at Kings Arms Diner (Staten Island Advance / Pamela Silvestri)Pamela Silvestri

Q: The organizer of a weekly business breakfast said, “We still don’t have people showing up for meetings because it’s really inconvenient. It’s not easy because of the parking lot. What places are reopened for this kind of gathering?

A: Diners like Kings Arms – 500 Forest Ave., West Brighton; 718-448-0326 – and Annadale Terrace – 801 Annadale Road, Annadale; 718-967-5900, AnnadaleTerrace.com – are running at full speed and have been welcoming their morning regulars for some time. They have private spaces ideal for meetings. Breakfast service has returned to Lorenzo’s at the Hilton Garden Inn – 1100 South Ave., 718-477-2400 Ext. 4 – from July 1. Also in Bloomfield: COMMONS Cafe at the Teleport is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. The social enterprise restaurant sees 100% of its profits donated to charity.

Fun fact about Hilton: Sunday brunch at Lorenzo’s has resumed. There are two seats – noon and 2 p.m. – plus live piano music.

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