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Strawberry Short Cake at Mitch & Toni’s

A dessert and pink cocktails are raising money for Adelphi’s breast cancer program.

Toni Contino knows many women who’ve had breast cancer but recently she has heard from men who have had the disease, including Anthony Galasso, a waiter at her new restaurant Mitch & Toni’s in Albertson who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.

“I’ve read that men are the last to be diagnosed,” Contino said, “so we want to bring it more forward to the men.”

When Anthony felt a lump in his breast in 2005, he and his wife thought maybe it was just a calcium deposit. There was no breast cancer in the family. A doctor did a biopsy, which revealed he had stage 3 breast cancer. After a second opinion he had a radical mastectomy.

“Men should be more aware,” Galasso said. “It felt like a tiny peanut; there was no pain, nothing.”

One percent of breast cancer cases are men. According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in the United States, 2,140 men are expected to be diagnosed, and 450 to die from the disease in 2011.

So Contino and her partner, chef Mitchell SuDoc, decided to help raise awareness and funds during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After reading about Adelphi and what they do,” says Toni, “I thought it would be great to connect with them.”

The : Strawberry Shortcake

How’s it taste: This is what strawberry shortcake used to taste like and always should. The cake is light and fresh, the cream is real and the strawberries are sweet and a bit tart.

Sides: The strawberry shortcake is $8, Two specialty drinks, at $10 each, are the “Prickly Pear Margarita” made with tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and prickly pear cactus syrup and “The Vegan Pink Lady,” a concoction of gin, pomegranate liqueur, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup.

Ten percent of the restaurants sales of each of these pink items with be donated to the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program to help educate, support, empower and advocate for breast cancer patients, professionals and the community.

Isabella December 09, 2011 at 03:41 PM
We went to Mitch and Tonis without a reservation at 5:45pm one evening last month. We weren't going to be there all night, just a quick meal and the dining area was empty with the exception of two tables and it was just the two of us and they turned us away. Needless to say we will never go there again.
George Mulligan December 09, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Isabella, that is a shame. Did they give you an explanation?
Isabella December 16, 2011 at 04:16 AM
No not at all, as a matter of fact the man had stepped back and didn't even want to talk to us, he wanted nothing to do with it and said the hostess will speak to us and asked us to sit at the bar and eat all the while the dining area was empty, so we just left. But it doesn't matter anymore, I'm only answering your question, we're over it.

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