La Tavola is New York York Italian

ITALIAN-AMERICAN GREENWICH VILLAGE And NEW YORK

 
The Food, People, Restaurants, Pork Stores, Butcher Shops, Bakeries, and Caffes of Italian-American New York .. Wonderful Recipes and Stories of Italian-American New Yorkers, their Food, Kitchens, and Feast of The Table “La Tavola”

   The BEST of ITALIAN-AMERICA

Wow, what a wonderful book. If you love Italian Food and are in to the Italian-American lifestyle and its many fine rituals of kitchen and table then you’ll just love Daniel Bellino Zwicke’s “La Tavola.” The book is filled with many wonderful stories of Italian-America, like a chapter all about the famed Italian-American Sunday Ritual of The Sunday Sauce, aka “Gravy.” There’s a wonderful chapter on SINATRA, and a great one on Italian Wine. This book is filled with many great stories of Italian-America and all involved and through the stories, this book is almost like a guide book in the fact that there are so many facts peppered in the stories. Facts and info on the best Italian Restaurants, Caffes, Bakeries, Pizzerias, Pork Stores and such. The book has some wonderful recipes, like; how to make the Best Tomato Sauce, Pasta Fazool, Chicken Cacciatore, Sunday Sauce, Meatball Parm Sandwiches and all your Italian Favorites. It’s a book of Food, Friends, Family and Love. I highly recommend this one.

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 Question :  Where to get the Best Plat of SPAGHETTI MEATBALLS in New York


 Answer : MONTE’S TRATTORIA on Macdougald Street in GREENWICH VILLAGE 

  

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TRATTORIA MONTE’S   …. Greenwich Village New York

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CAPRI NAPOLI & THE AMALFI COAST

 
 
CAPRI
View From The TOp of Monte Solaro, Capri, Italy
with Faroglionni Rocks below …
copyright 2015 Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
SORRENTO
A Classic View
VIEW of MARINA GRANDE CAPRI
From ANACAPRI
MARINA PICOLO CAPRI
with FARAGLIONI ROCKS in Distance
PIAZZA UMBERTO
ITALIAN BREAKFAST
A Typical Italian Breakfast
CAPPUCCINO e un CORNETTO
LIMONCELLO LADIES
ANACAPRI
CAPRI
GELATO
in
NAPOLI
My Favorite Lemonade Stand in Italy
Behind the famed Quississana Hotel
&
Across From CAESAR AUSUSTUS GARDENS, CAPRI
Also right by a Wonderful Little Hotel I Used to Stay At,
La TOSCA, a lovely little Hotel with the most Spectacular Views
of Capri and The Faralognni Rocks (most Iconic Symbol of Capri)
The Hotel is lovely and very affordle. I stayed ther in 1988, but stayed
in Anacapri this time at The Hotel Carmencita


Me at My Favorite Restorante in Positano
Da VINCENZO
With My ANtipasto of Polpo al Griglia e Carciofi Fritte
and a Nice Glass of Greco di Tufo local wine …




SPAGHETTI VONGOLE
al Solotaria Restorante, Anacapri
 
 
RAVELLO
Villa Ruffoli
MINORI
The AMALFI COAST
 
View From The Terrazza at VILLA MARIA in Minori
LEMON GROVES at Villa Maria, Minor, Italy
WORLD’S BEST BREAKFAST
World’s BestBreakfast? I Kid You Not!
This was my typical Breakfast (Colazione)
at Villa Maria each of My Three Wonderful  Days There
Vincenzo the owner Makes all types of different Jams
from the fruit he grows on his farmer way up in the hill of
the beautiful little town on The Amalfi Coast .. Villa Maria is
a wonderful little farm/ agroturismo Inn in the town of Minori, 
a cute little town if you want to be on the Amalfi Coast but away from
the madening crowds that overrun the gorgeous little town of Positano.
Vincenzo’s main crop of his farm are Lemons with Olive Tree Groves,
Grapevines, and all sorts of fruits and vegetables, along with Chickens (for
meat & Eggs) and Pigs to make his awesome Homemade Salami. Vincenzo 
makes his own wine, Prosciutto, Pancetta, Coppa, and his tasty
homemade Fruit Jams which you spread on toast & Cornetto ‘s in the
morning for breakfast.
When dinner time comes, Maria (Vincenzo’s wife) makes an awesome 
Four-Course Dinner with; Antipast to start, followed by some awesome pasta or another,
a main-course of fish, meat, or chicken, and ending with either Fruit or a Dessert that Maria makes (I love the Lemon Cake), and some of Vincenzo’s Homemade Lemoncello.
And of course during the meal you’ll get a bottle of either Vincenzo’s own Vino Bianco or
Vino Rosso or both.
Villa Maria is one of the most special places you could ever want to stay at in your life.
It’s a once in a lifetime experience that not many people get a chnace to do, and I reccommend going there most highly, “You will have the time of your life.”
PACCHERI al FRUTTA di MARE
Mixed Seafood Pasta
“The Best Frutta di Mare Ever” !!!
Maria made me this awesome plate of pasta soon after my 
arrival. Vincenzo picked me up down in Minaori at
the wonderful Caffe Riso (Best Caffe & Pastry in Town)
and drove me u to his place (Villa Maria). When we got there
Vincenzo gave me a Lemonade made with his own Lemons. 
Best Lemonade of my life needless-to-say!
After I had my Lemonade and chit-chattted with Vincenzo
Maria & Nadia, I went to my room to take a show and freshen up 
after my trip from Napoli on the Circumvesuviano Train from
Naples to Sorrento, then a bus from Sorrento to Amalfi, and then
another bus from Amalfi to Minori, and finally a ride in Vincenzo’s
little Fiat Panda Station Wagon from Minori by The Sea, up to
Minori in the Mountains below Ravello at Villa Maria.
So after I showered and put on some fresh clothes and went back out
to the terrace (terrazzo) Vincenzo asked me if I wantedd a little pasta?
Hell Yeah!!! Then Vincenzo asked if I wanted some wine. Again, Heck Yeah!
I had his Vino Bianco, and when he brought me the plate of pasta(Paccheri with 
Clams & Mussels) that Maria made me, 
I was in 7th Heaven!
La PASTA
con Vino Bianco Vincenzo
 
 
 
 
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MARIA & VINCENZO
Agroturismo Villa Maria
Minori
 
 
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 ME & VINCENZO
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
When Italian-americans Cook
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
When Italian-Americans Cook
 
 
 
Spaghetti con Cozze
 
SPAGHETTI with MUSSELS
 
in 
 
SORRENTO
 
 
 
 
POSITANO
 
Classic Veiw of Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salumaria De Martino, Capri
 
Pinnino Buono
 
Sopresetta e Provola Affumicatto
 
 
RAVELLO
 
View From Villa Cimbrone ‘s Terrace of Infinity
 
Ravello on The Amalfi Coast Italy
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All Photos Copyright 2015 Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

Johns Italian Restaurant New York

 
 
JOHN’S of 12th STREET
The MOVIE
WORLD PREMIER
SPECTACLE THEATER
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York
JOHN’S
East 12th Street
New York, NY
John’s is one of the last of a dying breed of Old School Italian Red Sauce Joints .. John’s has been a beloved East Village Italian New York Instituion since 1908, making it one of 
New York’s oldest Italian Restaurants of which only a few of many remain. John’s is one of them.
John’s serves classic Old School Italian American food, including classics like; Clams Posillipo, Baked Clams Oreganata, Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Manicotti, and more, including now rare items such as Speedino alla Romano and Veal Sweetbreads.
The wonderful Turn of The Century decor of John’s has been lovenly and painstakingly preserved with its 1908 decor still intact. John’s is lively and the old school waiters help round out the total picture of Italian Food with great old 1908 decor and animated service from the Black Bowtied Waiters.
Over the years John’s has seen the like of; John Lennon, Joe Jackson, Ray Davies, Carol Burnett, Montgomery Clift, Ron Silver, Rockets Redglare, Tom Crruise, Mimi Rodgers, and many other celebrites pass through its doors. Why don’t you pass through too? It’s great old Italian New York experience.
 
 
LUCKY LUCIANO
LUCKY LUCIANO
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
SECRET ITALIAN RECIPES
SEGRETO ITALIANO

 

 
JOE MASSERIA HITS VALENTI
 
LUCKY LUCINIO Does The DIRTY WORK 
Outside JOHN’S of 12th STREET
Smarting over the recent attempt on his life, which had left two bullet holes through his hat and another two holes through his coat, Joe Masseria plotted bloody revenge in epic Italian Renaissance fashion.
Chief Assassin
The target of his wrath was Umberto Valenti, a seriously wily character who had blasted those bullet holes through Masseria’s hat and coat. According to the New York Times in 1915, Valenti was:
A former Black Hand extortionist, it was rumored that Valenti had killed over 20 men, a number of whom had been Masseria’s closest advisors. The thirty four year old Valenti was the chief assassin of Salvatore “Toto” D’Aquila, the New York Mafia’s supreme ruler, a Mafioso who was locked in vicious mob war with Masseria and his chief strategist Giuseppe “the Clutch Hand” Morello.
However, Masseria’s seemingly supernatural bullet dodging powers had given the hard noised, but superstitious, Valenti second thoughts. Second thoughts that had him suing for peace and walking into an ambush in one of New York’s most storied Italian restaurants, John’s of 12th Street, on August 11, 1922, a restaurant that has been used as a set on Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos.
Well Dressed Gunmen 
Whether or not Valenti sampled the chicken parmigiana before being croaked has been lost to the winds of history. However, some time around noon, Valenti and six laughing companions emerged from their luncheon. Walking eastward, smiles turned into frowns. Suddenly, Valenti spooked and bolted towards Second Avenue as two slick, well-dressed gunmen whipped out revolvers and fired. Gangland legend holds that one of the shooters was none other than Charley “Lucky” Luciano, Masseria’s newest protégé (the other shooter was probably Vito Genovese).
 
The FEAST of The 7 FISH
Italian Christmas
 
Pandemonium on 12thStreet
As the shots flew, pandemonium broke loose on 12th Street. Whirling around, the feared assassin drew a revolver just as a bullet flew through his chest.
A teenage witness told the New York Times:
Luciano’s Escape
Despite Valenti’s death, the friendly Luciano and his pals weren’t done yet. A crowd formed to block the gunmen’s escape so the mobsters opened fire, hitting a street sweeper and a little girl visiting from New Haven Connecticut. The shots dispersed the crowd, and the hitmen disappeared into a nearby tenement.
Should I Bring Pajamas? 
Masseria was arrested for the murder.  During his arrest, he supposedly grinned and asked the police:
… whether he would need a nightshirt remarking, that the last time he slept in the station house they forgot to give him a pillow or pajamas.
For a job well done, Joe Masseria elevated Luciano to a leadership position at his headquarters in the Hotel Pennsylvania. All murder charges were eventually dropped, and Masseria, on his way to becoming Joe the Boss, set his sights on Valenti’s overlord, Toto De Aquila, New York’s boss of bosses.
However, John’s of 12th had another infamous last meal lined up twenty years later. The victim would be Carlo Tresca.
 
 
 
 
 
BASTA la PASTA !!!!
 

 

 

SEGRETO ITALIANO … Secret Italian Recipes

OK, so you love Italian Food, “Yes?” Who doesn’t? You may not know how to cook, or maybe you do and want to add some Great Recipes to your repertoire. You may feel It’s high time you learned how to make an awesome Italian Pasta Sauce, “Hey, everyone should know at least one, 2, 3 or more!” But, what kind; Tomato, Marinara, Bolognese? Or maybe you already have a number of recipes, but do you have recipes for; Clemenza’s Godfather Sunday Sauce or Danny Bolognese’s Ragu Bolognese? No, we didn’t think so! How about Gino’s Top-Secret Salsa Segrete from the beloved old New York Red-Sauce Joint “Gino’s of Capri?” Well, now is the time for you to delve into SEGRETO ITALIANO and find rare and Secret Recipes. Learn how to make Italian-America’s favorite dishes, dishes like; Lucia’s Jersey Braciole, Uncle Pete’s Baked Rabbit, Jersey Shore Crab Sauce, Sunday Sauce Italian Gravy, or Serio Maccioni’s original recipe of the World Famous Pasta Primavera.
     Segreto Italiano is a celebration of Italian Food and Italian-America and is filled with countless recipes and wonderful stories of Italian Food and culture, like only Daniel Bellino “Z” can tell. Delight in Daniel’s wonderful storytelling and savor the recipes, the wonderfully delicious dishes of Segreto Italiano. Mangia Bene Tutti!
 
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SEGRETO ITALIANO – Secret Italian Recipes

 
 
SEGRETO ITALIANO is the latest from New York based author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke …  Slated for September 15, 2014 release, exclusively on Amazon.com …
Barnes & Noble and select Book Sellers … Segreto Italiano has been getting great advance press … The book, like all of Daniel’s cookbooks is a collection of recipes that are embelished with stories by Daniel as only Daniel can tell, and which he has become justly famous for … There are tow themes to the book, of which # 1 is there are Rare
and Secret Recipes within the book … Closely gaurded were obtained by Daniel and extensive professional connections throught the culinary and restaurant worlds. The number 2 themed recipes are Italian-America’s Favorite Dishes and Bellino Family Recipes … It is quite a collection, and as Daniel has stated that if peopel were getting just 2 of these secret recipes like; Salsa Segrete and Daniel Secret Bolognese, that people would more than be getting their moneys worth right then and there. But no, they’re not just getting these two rare dishes, they are getting quite a bit more … We agree, and we suggest that you see. See SEGRETO ITALIANO – Secret Italian Recipes & Favorite Dishes, available September 15 on Amazon.com  … Get It!
 
 
LEARN HOW TO MAKE SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA  .. Click Here!

SUNDAY SAUCE – When Italian Americans Cook