Two years ago, Frank Lamia of Holbrook opened up La Mia’s Pizzeria in Bayport, a joint that prides itself on making “pizza done right.”
When his brother-in-law Larry Schenker moved from Florida, he saw Lamia and his Bayport team’s passion for making pizza and wanted to get involved. And when Fratelli’s at 77 Main St. in the Stony Brook Village Center was up for sale, they saw the storefront as the perfect match for their new joint effort.
“Now, it’s the Grist Mill Eatery,” Lamia said. “Grist Mill is a popular tourist attraction in historic Stony Brook, we figured it would be appropriate.”
Classic slices like grandma, margherita, Sicilian and more are featured on the menu, as well as a diverse selection of wraps, paninis, heroes and calzones.
However, Grist Mill Eatery offers way more than just the standard pizzeria fare.
They also serve classic, deli breakfast items and will be offering an expansive lunch and dinner menu soon, Lamia said.
Bagels, muffins, scones, omelettes and the shop’s famous BEC: three eggs, four slices of bacon and two pieces of cheese on a roll.
Lamia said the egg sandwich has already emerged as a customer favorite.
The Boone sandwich is a signature lunch item, which is a chicken cutlet hero with a special dressing “that everyone loves.”
“There aren’t any Italian takeouts around, and we felt we could do better with breakfast and lunch, better quality, bigger sandwiches,” the co-owner said. “So we just said you know what, this is a great opportunity.”
Grist Mill Eatery officially opened for business in May and is still working out a few kinks, but Lamia said the new Stony Brook spot has a lot more in store for its menu.
Lamia said the majority of reviews he receives about his Bayport pizzeria are five stars. He said the plan is to bring that high-quality customer experience over to Grist Mill Eatery.
“It’ll be a whole new experience,” Lamia said. “We’re really looking forward to it and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Grist Mill Eatery is open Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
To check out the type of food coming soon to Grist Mill Eatery, visit La Mia’s Pizzeria’s website. See the Italian takeout place’s current menu on their website and for updates, follow them on Facebook and soon Instagram.
Top: A signature pie from Grist Mill Eatery, now open in Stony Brook Village. Photo courtesy of The Grist Mill Eatery’s website.