Best Lasagna Recipe Ever

 


LASAGNA CARNEVALE
LASAGNA CARENEVALE
BEST LASAGNA EVER !!!

POSITANO THe AMALFI COAST

COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUIDE


RECIPE  LASAGNA CARNEVALE

And MUCH MORE …

Eating Like an Italian

 


A Typical Italian Fruiet & Vegetable Stand

Jesus & The Virgin Mary

Is this Fesh or What ?

Beautifully ripe Tomatoes

The freshest Mozzarella, Basil

And tasty Italian Bread

For BRUSCHETTA alla CAPRESE

RECIPES of NAPLES & The AMALFI COAST

ITALY


A perfectly simple Panino di MORTADELLA

“LOVE IT”


The Tastiest PORCHETTA

For the BEST SANDWICH EVER !


PROVALA

Make a sandwich with Sorpessata & Smoked Provala

Yumm !!!!

POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUIDE

RECIPES of NAPLES – POSITANO – CAPRI

The AMALFI COAST – ITALY
“GABAGOOL” !!!!




POLPETTE

“MEATBALLS”



PIZZA

The Legendary Dom DeMarco

BEST PIZZA EVER





PASTA


The TASTIEST DISH EVER !!!

PASTA BOLOGNESE

La VIGILIA

The FEAST of The 7 FISH

ITALIAN CHRISTAS

STUFFED CALAMARI & Other RECIPES


ITALIAN CHRISTMAS




Italian Wine Dinner / New York

 

Rocca Giovani – Nebbiolo D’Alba 2019

Zeni Amarone “Barriques” 2015



I recently attended an Italian Wine Dinner at the venerable 103 year old
Monte’s Trattoria in Greenwich Village, New York. The wine dinner was organized by Chef Pietro Mosconi, his sone Peter Mosconi (GM), and representatives of Moinsiuere Touton Wines of New York.

The dinner began with reception at the bar of Monte’s, as we sipped Prosecco (Villa Joland) and ate a tasty assortment of Chef Pietro Mosconi’s h’orduevures, which included : fresh Mozzarella wrapped with Prosciutto di Parma, roast Asparugus Parmigiano, Shrimp Oreganata, and tasty little Meatballs. The crowd, sipped their prosecco and nibbled on Chef Pietro’s little treats, and engaged in spirited conversation before heading to the upstairs dining room, to sit down to 4 courses of Chef Mosconi fare. 

Out came the first course of Baked Clams, Fried Calamari, and baked Eggplant. We were served 
Zeni Lugana to go with the antipasti. Lugana is a lovely white wine from Lake Garda, Italy. The wine zone of Lugana actually is in two regions of Italy, which include both the Veneto on the east side of the zone, and Lombardia to the west. This is a bit unusaual, as wine zone are generally in on region, not two. Lugana is one of the exceptions to the rule. Lugana wines are generally mineral driven, with taste of Green Olives, a tad of salt, pears, grapefruti and green apples. 

The Zeni Lugana lived up to general rules of this lovely wine, exhibiting good minerality, with faint saline notes, Peach and Pinapple fruits on the finsish. It was a good choose for the antipasti, going escpecially well with the Shrimp and Clams, and all items of this first course. 

For the next course, we were treated to some of Chef Pietro’s famous homemade pasta, which in this case was Tagliatelle with fresh shaved Black Truffles. Needless to say, the pasta was devine, and all present savored its sublime flavors of the fresh egg pasta, butter and Tartufo Nero (Black Truffles). The Tagliatelle con Tartufo was paired with a wonderful Nebbiolo from the Rocca Giovani Estate, of Monforte d’ Alba in Piemonte, a premier area for Nebbiolo and great Barolo wines. 

The Rocca Giovanni Nebbiolo was a great wine to pair with the Chef’s Truffle Pasta, as any Nebbiolo based wines, such as; Barolo, Barbaresco, or Nebbiolo D’ Alba such as this wine, Nebbiolo with Truffles (Tartufi) is one of the World’s Greatest of all food and wine pairings, and this was no exception. The Rocca Giovanni Nebbiolo was a a textbook Nebbiolo D’Alba, with a good stron g rubby color, smelling of Violets and Rasberries, and a hint of spice on the nose. The fragrance was quite lovely. In the mouth, the wine was full of Dark Cherry and Strawberry flavors, with a tad of Licorice and other faint spices. This was a classicly made Nebbiolo D’Alba, that made a perfect accompaniment to the Truffles and fresh pasta. “So, good. Thanks Chef Pietro.”

After our tasty truffle pasta with Nebbiolo, we relaxed for a few minutes, chatting about the dinner, the food and wines, and whatever other conversation were occuring around the room.

For the main course, their was a choice of either broiled Salmon, or Chef Pietros famous Braised Short Ribs of Beef with polenta. Now I can not figure for the life of me, why would anyone choose Salmon over the chef’s awesome braised Short Ribs, especially when Amarone was to be served with the main course. “OK, I get it. Yes, I realize there are people who don’t eat meat, thus opting for the salmon. Sorry guys, your loss.” As for me, you know I ordered the Short Ribs. 

And so, a little while after finishing our pasta course, out came the main (secondo) and a gorgeous plate of braised Short Ribs of Beef, with sof polenta was set down in front of me. The wine guys had already poured Amarone into my previously empty wine glass, and it was “Let the games begin.” Yes, they had already begun almost two hours ago, but hey, here I was with my Chef Mosconi made Short Ribs and a glass of Amarone.

Well, I already knew how amazingly succulent and tasty Short Ribs of Beef cooked by Chef Pietro Mosconi are. I have had them dozens of times, and they are without question, one of my favorite things to eat in this whole wide World. And I’ve eaten at all of the great restaurants in the World, including in : Paris, Rome, Venice, New York, Florence, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Saigon, Verona, Havana, San Francisco, New Orleans, and? Need I go on. No, It’s quite hard to think of anything tastier than these tasty Braised Short Ribs. Well, Foe Gras at Polidor, maybe? I don’t know? Kind of close, but I’m goign to have to give the Short Ribs a slight edge. 

Now, I’m eating the Short Ribs, and so you know, just how amazingly great they are? As great as anything could possibly be. Now how about the wine werved with them? The Amarone from the House of Zeni, Bardolino, Italy, on the shores of Lake Garda. Thsi wine is Zeni Amarone “Barriques” 2015 … And what an Amrone it is. From the very first sip, this wine blew my mind. It was phenonminal, and one of the best Amarones I have ever had, including the one that I hold as the greatest Amarone I ever drank, which would be the Zenato Amarone Reserva 1981 vintage that I drank in 2005, when that wine was 24 years old, and perfectly cellared in the cellars of Barbetta Ristorante on 46th Street in New York, NY … 

Now that wine was much older, and you have a different experience with an older aged wine, than with a wine much younger. But all I can say, is that the Zeni Amarone 2015 was a wine that is in perfect balance, super tasty, and a absolute pleasure to drink. “I loved it.”

Now if you know me, you will know that if I say things like, “the wine was perfectly balanced, tasty, and that I loved it.” you will know that the wine in question is a wine that is just about a perfect wine, and I don’t need to go into a bunch blibber blabber, in describing the wine. But in addition to saying it was in perfect balance and that I loved it, I will tell you that it was full of wonderful black fruit taste, with hints of exotic spice, and Desert Dates notes. This wine was a gem, and I can’t wit until I drink it again.

After all that, I’m starting to fade. Chef Pietro treated as to a tasty poached pear with Mint Zabiglione Sauce for dessert. This lovely dessert was paired with a Moscato d’ Asti Santo Stefano 2020 from Ceretto. The Moscato was quite nice, with good acidity to balance the sweetness, and tasty peach and appricot flavors that dominated its wonderful flavor profile. And yes, it paired perfectly with the Poached Pear Zabiglione dessert from Chef Pietro. 

So, the dinner was quite wonderful. A great menu from Chef Mosconi, wonderful wines from 
M. Touton Wines of New York, good friends and conversation in one of the great Italian Restaurants of New York, the 103 year old and still going strong, Monte’s Trattoria, headed by Chef Pietro Mosconi and his son Peter. Thanks guys. We loved it.





… Daniel Bellino Zwicke, October 23, 2021

NYC







Zeni LUGANA Vigna Alte


2020



Gaetano Zeni, referred to as Nino by everyone, was the real innovator of the modern era of the winery: a number of small and big changes initiated by him lifted the winery to its level of today. It was Nino who decided to move the production in the 1950s from the small winery in the historic centre of Bardolino to its present location,with more space and improved practicality, in the hills above the village with a spectacular view of Lake Garda. In the new winery he also decided to establish the wine museum to promote the culture and the story of wine growing and wine making. The philosophy of the winery, which was implemented by Gaetano Zeni, is pursued today with the same enthusiasm and dedication by his children Fausto, Elena and Federica and includes in particular the meticulous selection of both vineyards and grapes. The separate vinification of the grapes from the different wine areas is today still one of the fundamentals of the winery, giving the wines local character and high quality. The continuous improvement both in the production processes and in the winery’s management enabled the winery to obtain the UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 quality certification.











Ceretto Moscato di Asti “Santo Stefano” 2020






POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUIDE






About Sunday Sauce Italian Gravy

 

Pete Clemenza teaches Micahel how to Make SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY

Richard Castellano as Perer Clemenza

Al Pacino as Michael Corleone

Mario Puzu – Francis Ford Coppola

The GODFATHER




ABOUT SUNDAY SAUCE


The aroma of a garlic-laden tomato sauce spiked with Sausage, Meatballs, and rolled-up meat Braciola can bring tears to the eyes of many Italian-Americans.

Sunday Gravy, also known as Sunday sauce, evokes memories of weekend family gatherings in which mom or grandma presided over the constantly stirred pot of sauce and meat, and various relatives were tasked with procuring the essential provisions—the cannoli and sesame bread from the bakery or the wine from the cellar.

Sunday gravy was more than just a big, belt-loosening meal. In close-knit Italian-American homes, it was a virtual religion. “Each Sunday, we were constantly traveling to homes of different relatives,” says John Mariani, a New York food author whose books include How Italian Food Conquered the World. “It truly was a moveable feast.’’

The proprietors of Frankies Spuntino restaurant in Brooklyn, Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo, write that “Sunday sauce—the meal, the menu, the way of life—is the source and summation’’ of their restaurant business.

They recall how on Sundays their family kitchens would “start to fill with that hunger-inducing humidity, the tomato and pork simmering away in the pot.’’

Castronovo remembered that Sundays “even when I was a teenager and wanted to be a punk … I’d still stop and eat at my grandma’s house before the rest of the day went down.”

The best Sunday gravy simmers on the stove for hours, permitting the ingredients (the meat choices are seemingly limitless) to infuse the sauce with an unparalleled meatiness that no quickie marinara could ever hope to replicate. The long, slow cooking time was also time for families to spend with each other, reinforcing ties that could withstand the harsh realities of the outside world.

In a way, the history of Sunday gravy encapsulates the story of Italian immigration to the U.S. and the prosperity succeeding generations found in America. “Very, very impoverished Southern Italian women, whose only reason for living was giving birth to children and feeding them, suddenly found an abundance of cheap food in the U.S.,” Mariani says. “It radically changed their self image.”

The meats in the sauce became a symbol of plenty. Meat had been a rarity in the old country, and if there was any of it at all in a meal, it was usually pork. But in the U.S., immigrant women bought beef “because they could.”

Before his father’s parents would bless the marriage, Mariani’s grandmother “demanded that my mom must learn how to make Sunday gravy.”

Along with the other staples of Italian-American cuisine, Sunday gravy has vaulted from family food to the culinary mainstream, even as a once-in-a-while treat for today’s health-conscious eaters. TV food stars Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis regularly feature touched-up variations on the classic Italian-American repertoire. And, although “The Sopranos” is widely despised by Italian-Americans for its twisted depiction of their cherished family values, the show often featured sumptuous Sunday meals with pots and pots of sauce, meat, and pasta—and the cookbook spawned by the show features a Sunday gravy recipe.

For better or worse, 21st-century America has made celebrating the Sunday tradition much more difficult for families. “Sunday is now a time for attending soccer games, getting in 18 holes of golf … or watching three NFL games without interruption,” Mariani says.

But Mariani and other Italian-American food advocates nevertheless remain intent on keeping tradition alive. “My family still gets together on Sunday afternoons just as it always has, and the food is as good as it ever was,” Falcinelli wrote in The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual. “Growing up, I didn’t see it as an amazing culinary tradition, but I did appreciate how good the eating was.”






HOW to MAKE SUNDAY SAUCE






CLEMENZA ‘S GODFATHER SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY RECIPE


Cooking with Cousin Tony

 
MACCHERONI with RAGU BOLOGNESE
 
 
RECIPE for The WORLDS BEST RAGU BOLOGNESE
 
 
For those of you who don’t know, “I make a Dam Good Bolognese!” Well, a lot more than good, it’s awesome, “One of the Best you’ll ever have.” Yes I’m quite famous for my awesome Bolognese Sauce. That’s the reason they call me “Danny Bolgonese.” The name is Danny, and there’s no question I’m a King of Bolognese. Some have said I make the best in the country. Yes the Journal of Italian Food Wine & Travel wrote in a 5 page feature article on me  ( (Daniel Bellino Zwicke) , that I made the best Ragu Bolognese in American. Many would agree. I sort of do. Well if not the best, one of the best anyway. I haven’t really tasted any better, and I’ve tried quite a lot. Some are dam good, others not.
 
Anyway, all of my cousins absolutely adore my Bolognese. They crave it, it’s dam good. My cousins Joe and Alexander Macari and there 4 children Joey, Gabriella, Eddie, and Tommy all love it. My nephews Chad, Marcus, and Jason love it, as does there dad, my brother Michael and his wife Eilleen. My sister Barbara and brother Jimmy love it too. Everyone does. Everyone who’s lucky enough to taste it. Some of my cousins make it. I’ve showed them, but none can get it quite like mine, and that’s why when I went down to visit my cousin Tony and his wife Debbie down in Florida, one thing I just had to do, was make a big batch of my Bolognese .  I had to cook a Steak for Debbie, and I made a Badass Batch of Amatriciana too. “Dam it was good!” 
 
Yes, I went down to West Palm Beach to hang out with cousin Tony and Debbie for a few days. Half the time I was down there, we went out for cocktails and a couple places to eat too, but 3 of dinners, I cooked. We drank great wine and had a good time eating Pasta Bolognese and my Badass Rigiatoni Amatriciana. Yes it was good. This is what we do, and we had some good times doing it. There’s nothing like making good food at home folks, so do make sure you do.
 
Well, that’s it for now. If you want to make some Bolognese or Amatricana Sauce , please do. If you have your own recipes, make them. If you don’t, click these links for the recipes.
 
So “Happy Eating” e Mangia Bene, and always eat well.
 

 
An AMAZING BOTTLE of ITALIAN WINE
 
CASTELLO di NEIVE – BARBARESCO Santa Stefano Reserva 2007
 
From my Good Friend Italo Stupino
 
“The WORLDS BEST BARBARESCO”
 
Definately BETTER Than Anything by ANGELO GAJA, whose wines are an
absolute RIP-OFF !!! “Seriously” !

 

 

Me & Cousin Tony (R)
 
with his Wife Debbie in The Middle
 
Hanging on The Rooftop of The BEN HOTEL
 
West Palm Beach, Florida
 
 
 
 
The WORLD’S BEST PASTA AMATRICIANA !!!
RIGATONI AMATRICIANA
 
“I made this the night before. Absolutely Perfect!”
 
LOVE IT !
 
 
TONY & DEBBIE LOVED IT as WELL
 
 
The WORLD’S BEST BOLOGNESE !!!!
 
 
SERIOUSLY !!!
.
 
 
 
 

Pope of Greenwich Village Sunday Sauce Recipe Italian Gravy

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Burt Young as “Bed Bug Eddie”

In The POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE

with Mickey Rourke as “Charlie”

Learn How to make “Bed Bug Eddie’s” SUNDAY SAUCE Italian Gravy

alla POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE

BURT YOUNG’S SUNDAY SAUCE GRAVY

RECIPE :

INGREDIENTS :

1 pound Pork Neck, removed from bone and cut into 1″ chunks

Italian Sweet Sausages

12 Pork Spare Ribs

1/4 cup Italian Olive Oil

1 pinch Pepperoncino (Red Pepper Flakes)

1 medium Onion, peeled and dice fine

1 pound Pork Neck, removed from bone and cut into 1″ chunks

Italian Sweet Sausages

12 Pork Spare Ribs

6 Chicken Thighs

2 – 28 ounce can of San Marzano Whole Tomatoes (drained in strainer, reserving liquid.

2 – 28 ounce cans of Italian Tomato Passata

half can of Tomato Paste

16 fresh Basil leaves, washed and torn into pieces with your fingers (don’t use a knife)

2 Bay Leaves

Place the olive oil in a large pot and turn heat on to medium. Add the pork ribs and half the pork neck and cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside. 

Brown remaining pork neck and the Chicken Thighs. When finished browning set aside with the ribs. Add the Sausage and brown over low medium heat until slightly browned (about 8 minutes). Remove sausages from pot, and let rest with the ribs.

Add the chopped onion to the pot and cook on low heat for 4 minutes. Add 4 cloves of chopped garlic and let cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Chop the whole San Marzano tomatoes and add to pot with onions. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes. Add the Tomato Passata and cook on high heat for 4 minutes.

Add the reserved juices from the San Marzano Tomatoes, the basil and Bay Leaves to the pot. Add 1 teaspoon each of Salt & Black Pepper and 1 cup of water and stir.

Add all the browned meats and cook on low heat for 90 minutes as you stir this with a wooden spoon ever now and then to keep the sauce from sticking or burning.

After all the meats are in th pot with the browned meats, begin to make your meatballs.

For MEATBALLS :

Mix the following ingredients in a large glass bowl. Form into 2″ round Meatballs and fry until lightly browned in vegetable oil.

2 pound fresh Ground Beef, 1/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup Milk

1/4 cup fresh Italian Parsley, washed, dried and chopped

1/4 teaspoon each of Salt & Black Pepper .. 2 cloves Garlic, minced fine

2 large Eggs, cracked and beaten with a fork

After the sauce (Gravy) has been simmering for 90 minutes, add the brown Meatballs to the pot with the fresh Basil Leaves, and let simmer on low hear for 35 minutes. Turn heat off and let the Sauce sit for 15 minutes. 

To serve your Sunday Sauce, cook some short maccheroni according to directions on package. Burt likes to use Rigatoni.

Once the maccerhoni (pasta) is cooked, drain the pasta, reserving a little of the pasta water. Add the Riagatoni (pasta) back to the pot it cooked in. Add some of the Tomato Sauce to the pasta and mix. Add a little sprinkle of Olive Oil and a little bit of the reserved pasta water.

Place some of the sauce Maccheroni on each persons plate, add a little more tomato sauce over the pasta, and place 1 or 2 Meatballs, one Pork Rib, and 1 Sausage on each persons plate. Serve , and place some grayed Parmigiano Cheese in the middle of the table

Enjoy!

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CATHERINE SCORSESE’S ELIZABETH STREET

LITTLE ITALY SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY

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SUNDAY SAUCE alla SINATRA

alla BELLINO

alla CLEMEZA

SUNDAY SAUCE RECIPES

Amazon.com

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The POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE

Starring MICKEY ROURKE

ERIC ROBERTS & BURT YOUNG

As BED BUG EDDIE

SUNDAY SAUCE ITALIAN GRAVY

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SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

RECIPE

PETE CLEMENZA Teaches MICHAEL CORLEONE (AL Pacino) How

to Make SAUCE for 20 GUYS (Mobsters) Some Day

Party alla Bolognese

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RIGATONI BOLOGNESE

 

PARTY alla BOLOGNESE

Party alla Bolognese , ever hear of it? No, I didn’t think so. I coined the phrase, just like I coined the phrase Meatball Parm Mondays , which I first wrote about in my best selling Italian Cookbook Sunday Sauce. So, you want to know what a Party alla Bolognese is, a term you are no doubt hearing for the first time. Well as you might have already surmised, number one, it’s a party that has to do with Bolognese. A party where you eat Pasta with Ragu Bolognese you’re asking? Well yes, you are quite correct, you’ll be eating the famed Italian Ragu from the city of Bologna, Italy. This is a party centered around eating Pasta all Bolognese. Now what’s better than that?

So, as we know Ragu Bolognese is the famous meat-sauce for pasta from Bologna, Italy. Now, hopefully by the time you read this part of the book, you’ve already made your first Ragu alla Bolognese. Well congratulations are in order to you, you’ve learned something that is infinitely important, and something that will serve you the rest of your life. You now know the infinite glories of the Bolognese, that lush pasta meat-sauce from Bologna, Italy known as Ragu Bolognese. You know the wonderful flavor, and are sure to crave it often. No problem, if you have a craving, you can just make it. You have the recipe, you’ve made it once or twice, you can make it any time you want.

So, you want to throw a dinner party for friends? I certainly hope you do. If you’ve never done so before, I’d just like to tell you, you have no idea, and I’m sure you’ll be surprised, surprised how great it will be, ” a Party alla Bolognese.”

Making this famed Ragu and throwing a party centered around the Bolognese where you’ll feed Maccheroni alla Bolognese to friends and family, this is such a wonderful thing, you just can’t imagine. Do it once and you’ll see. You will make your friends oh-so-happy in more ways than one. They will thank you and sing your praises, and you will feel their joy. A joy that you gave them by making them Ragu Bolognese. Yes it has this affect.

Throwing a dinner party you say? It seems so daunting. Hey, you’ve made Bolognese, throwing a dinner party centered around Bolognese is as easy as pie, and I’m going tell you how. You will amaze your friends with this one! Trust me! Hey, I’ve already told you pretty much, 90% of all you’ll need to know to do your first fabulous Party alla Bolognese. “What,” you say? Well I’ve written the recipe for you, and you’ve already made your first Bolognese, maybe even two or three by now. You know how to make one of the World’s great dishes Pasta alla Bolognese, all you need now is some good music, good Italian Wine, and some sort of Salad or Antipasto to start you off.

You will make the Bolognese ahead of time, either the day before or early in the day before your party starts. You can either make a salad to have before the Bolognese, but a better choice would be either a Caprese Salad of fresh Mozzarella & Tomatoes, a lovely mixed Antipasto, or something as easy as Prosciutto & Melon would be very apropos, considering the Bolognese and the famed Prosciutto di Parma are both from the same region in Italy of Emilia Romagna.

 

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