Great New York Italian Bakeries

20 Oct

VESUVIO

 

VESUVIO BREAD BAKERS

PRINCE STREET … Soho / GREENWICH VILLAGE New York

Note: Vesuvio’s Bakery has closed, however the Beautiful Piece of Italian New York History remains in its Landmark Status Storefront ..

 

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 CANNOLIS

 

Venerio

 VENERIO PASTICCERIA

EAST VILLAGE New YORk

SINCE 1984

 

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PARISI BAKERS

 

PARISI BAKERY, Little Italy, New York

Bread Bakers 

Ferrara

mrnewyorkny

 

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  SUNDAY SAUCE

 

 Caputo

CAPUTO BAKERS CARROL GARDENS, BROOKLYNCaputos Bake Shop, Carrol Gardens, BROOKLYN

Mario Fortunato

Mario Fortunato, FORTUNATO BROTHERS BAKERY

BROOKLY NEW YORK

Sfogiatelle

SFOGIATELLE

Fortunato Bros. Bakery

The GENIUS of KEITH McNALLY

3 Oct
 
The Keith McNally Empire
 
# 1
The ODEON
 
 
When all is said and done, Keith McNally will go down as the Greatest Restauranter in the history of New York City .. Just about everyplace Kieth ever opened would turn out to be uber hot and the Hottest restuarant of it’s time .. From his very first venture, The Odeon, then Cafe Luxenbourg, then Nell’s, Pravda, Balthazar, Schillers, Pastis, Pulino  Morandi, Minetta Tavern, (The only place to fail), Cherche Midi, Balthazar London …
 
 
BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY
 
by Jay McInerney
 
 
 
THE GREAT PATRICK CLARKE
 
Patrick Clarke 
 
Executive Chef
 
Sadly Passed
 
 

The GIRLS of CAFE LUXENBOURG

Cafe Luxenbourg Advertisement
 
 
Cafe Louxenbourg
 
# 2
# 3
 
NELL’S

KEITH HARRING at NELL’S

KEITH HARRING & ???
 
At NELL’S 
 
Sometime in The 80’s
 
 
# 4
 
PRAVDA
 
 
Layfayette Street, Noho
 
 
# 5
 
BALTHAZAR
 
 
Spring Street at Crosby
 
Noho / Soho
 
 
# 6
 
SCHILLERS
 
 
Lower East Side
 
NEW YORK
 
 
 
# 7
 
PASTIS
 
 
PASTIS
 
Keith McNally
was The Major Force
with
His Opening of PASTIS
 
Along with Eric Goode (Maritime Hotel, Chelsea)
in
Creating The Meatpacking District
 
 
KEITH CREATES NEIGHBORHOODS
 
He Did So For TRIBECA and Later with The
MEAT PACKING DISTRICT
 
 
# 8
 
MINETTA TAVERN
 

MINETTA TAVERN .. photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke .. Coyrighted 2010

Minetta Tavern
 
Macdougal Steet, GREENWICH VILLAGE
 
NEW YORK
 
photo by DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE 
 
.. Copyright 2010
 
# 9
 
PAULINO
 
Bowery, NEW YORK
 
KEITH Only Failed Project
 
 
# 10
 
CHERCHE MIDI
 
 
Cherche Midi
 
On The BOWERY
in
The Former Paulino Space 
 
 
# 11
 
BALTHAZAR LONDON
 
 
CONVENT GARDEN
 
LONDON
 
 
 
 
 

SUNDAY SAUCE ITALIAN GRAVY

Italian-American
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
SECRET ITALIAN RECIPES
 

SECRET ITALIAN RECIPES

SEGRETO ITALIANO
 
Rare & Secret Italian Recipes
 
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
 
 

The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

GOT ANY KAHLUA?
 
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

In New York Regular Coffee is King

19 Sep
 
COFFEE





Coffee and Cafes. Two things very near and dear to me. Million so others as well. In New York, we have the Best, “For getta bout it Seattle” !!! I remember 25 years ago and more when there were no Starbucks and just very few cafes in the hole city. More or less the only cafes were in Greenwich Village, Little Italy, and the East Village. There were hole neighborhoods, completely cafeless and if you wanted to go to one you had to go to the Village or Little Italy, nothing on the hole Upper East Side.

   Anyway, Coffee and Cafes are a huge thing these days and part of many a life.
Coffee and cafes, let me tell you about some of the best and my impressions. Hey, I’m a guy who has been frequenting cafes for years, each and every day, just about. I haven’t Jumped on the Band Wagon in the past 5 or ten years. I’ve been riding it for 30.
   Number “One,” in New York,  a good Cup of Joe is King, “Regular” not
Grande Caramel Latte and overpriced crap like that. Not the esoteric overpriced espresso, Cortado, Machiato, Blue Bottle, and Site Specific Coffee, and blends that try to break down and make too make of a good simple thing. You know what I mean. A “Cup of Joe,” is King. Used to be Five Cents at coffee shops all over the city. Well that’s going way back. Hey don’t get me wrong, I love Espresso, Espresso Machiatto, and the great Cortado they serve at Abraco. It’s just that I gotta tell you, a “Regular” is King and let’s hope it always will be.
   Abraco is utterly awesome. Maybe the Best Single tasting coffee in town, is their Cortado. Man it’s tasty. Just out of this world. But I have some problems with Abraco, as I’m not someone to pay a Premium for what I call “Hit and Run Coffee”
What is “Hit and Run Coffee” you ask? Well, let me tell you. Hit and Run Coffee is a coffee that you get at places like Caffeteria, Abraco, Third Rail Coffee, and tiny little Coffee Bars that have little or no chairs and tables and maybe just a small counter space for standing. Listen, I’m not in the habit of paying  $3.50, $4.50 or “More” for a cup of coffee, having to stand at a counter, drinking it in short time and leaving. Ending up $5.00 or more less in my pockets. Well you may think, “What’s $5.00?” Right? What’s Five Dollars? Imagine if you have 5 $5.00 coffees a week for one year. Do you know how much money that adds up to? Relax, I’ll do the Math for you. That’s $1,300 my friends. No small sum? Multiply that by 5 years and you’re talking $6,500, or by Ten Years and we’re talking $13,000. That’s a lot of Friggin Cash my friends. Hey I’m not saying you should not go out and have coffee. I do all the time. Heck, on my days off, I sometimes end up in cafes three times in one day.  I spend about $1,508 a year on coffee, $7,500 in five years or about $15,000 in ten. That’s a lot. But I get a lot. Heck, I used to spend about $2,200 a year on coffee,  $10, 000 or more in 5, or about $20,000 in ten years. But I have cut back. I’ve seen the light. I hardly ever spend $5.00 on a coffee any more. All I need is the $2.00 variety. A good honest “Cup of Joe,” a “Regular.” And I need to get my money’s worth. If I just wanted a good cup can easily make a great one in my house for just “15 Cents a Cup,” but I go and have one at a Café for 15 times that amount. Why? The extra $2.35 I pay for the coffee plus tip, is to be able to “Sit” down and relax in a nice pleasant atmosphere. I’m not gonna pay 27 times ($3.75 Average price coffee at Upscale Coffee Bar) to stand at a counter and not being able to sit down and relax. At home I can  make a tasty cup of Coffee from the Highest Quality Coffee money can buy with the coffee I buy at  “Porto Rico Coffee” on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, just a half block from my house. No, I pay all that extra money to sit in the pleasant environment of a nice coffee. Also to see other people, maybe a friend or the possibility of meeting someone new and interesting. I read, I write, I hang with friends, I relax. I can not do that at a overpriced “Coffee Bar” that doesn’t have any place to sit.
  And speaking of Porto Rico Coffee, it mystifies me that people are so foolish as to pay $11.95 or more for a mass-produced commercial pound of Coffee from Starbucks instead of going to the “Best Coolest Place in Town” to be some of the World’s Finest Coffee at Porto Rico Coffee, people who have been doing this for more than 100 years, not 20. It just doesn’t make sense. By the way, the coffee I buy at Porto Rico is just $5.99 and $6.99 a pound, half the price of a pound of Starbucks Coffee.
   Anyway. It’s all up to you. I’ll  stick with my Regular “Cup of Joe” with a Espresso and Cappucino thrown in here and there, and as a special treat a Cortado from Abraco every now and then. And I’ll get to sit down and relax with my coffee each day, putting an extra $1,000 a year in my pocket, or Airfare and a few nice meals when I go on vaction. How bout you, “Hit and Run”and pay more, or Sit Down and Relax, Pay Less, Save, and put a Thousand Bucks a Year in your pockets, or $10,000 in ten ? 


by “DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE”







 
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

 

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DiFara Pizza Best Pizza in America

18 Sep
THE BEST PIZZA  In AMERICA !!!!!! Di Farra Pizza Brooklyn, NEW YORK

THE BEST PIZZA
In AMERICA !!!!!!
Di Farra Pizza
Brooklyn, NEW YORK

“Yes,” Eating Pizza Made by The Maestro DOM DeMARCO

Is a Religious Experience !!!

Much has been said of the now famed Pizzeria (DiFara Pizza) on Avenue J in Brooklyn, New York the Capital of Thee Best Pizza in the whole United States of America, bar-none, even Manhattan. Brooklyn lays claim to the Top two Pizzerias in the country, the top of the list 1 and 2, number 1, The Best and number 2, the second best. Well no, I don’t know if I should put it that way, as it sound s as one is better than the other, which is not ht e case, as they are both equally good, equally Great and equally the Best Pizza and the Best Pizzerias in the United States, though they are are little different than one another. The Pizza at both Totonno’s on Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York and Di Farra Pizza on Avenue J in Brooklyn are both otherworldly specimens of some the Finest Pizza on other and the Undisputed Best Pizza in America.

Wow, got off on a tangent about both Di Farra and Totonno’s when I just intended to talk about Di Farra Pizza, Dom DeMarco the Maestro of Di Farra’s and the Religious experience that it is to go there, watch Dominic masterfully make Pizza after glorious Pizza (without the help of anyone else), to watch in awe and anticipation and Salivation til you finally get yours (after about a hour or hour and a half wait), you hold it in your hand like a precious baby, and then to sink your teeth into it, savoring each wondrous bite after the other. “Yes,” it is truly a religious experience, that is, if you are a great lover of this wonderful invention, created in Napoli, spread throughout the the Italian Peninsular and then across the Atlantic to America from Italian Immigrants where Gennaro Lombardi opened the First Pizzeria in America on Prince Street in New York City some 100 years ago or so.

Back to Di Farra and Pizzaiolo Extraordinaire, Mr. Dominic DeMarco. It is Dominic that makes Di Farra what it is, it certainly isn’t the Pizzeria itself which is ultra plain and even appalling to some. Mr. DeMarco’s pizzas are just about as close to absolute perfection in the Pizza Making World, a world in which New York City excels and has only one rival in Naples, Italy and the whole of Italy itself. Mr. De Marco has the magic touch, with perfect dough, the perfect balance of ingredients, tomato and other ingredient ratio to cheese, and this include Mr. Demarcos judicious use of Olive Oil which is right-on and a little magic touch that whoever complains about it, just does not know there Pizza and Italian Food on a whole. We Italians love our olive oil. And those who complain are unaware that it is a condiment that adds the final last touch to many dishes before they are eaten. Dominic knows this and should not be discourage against his generous use of it by those who do not understand the proper essence of the Italian Table. So please, keep your traps shut, if you don’t like it don’t eat it, this countries finest examples of the Pizza Art.

And on to the religious experience of Di Farra, Dom DeMarco and the mans artistry with Pizza. There is nothing quite like it in the entire Pizza World. There does not exist, to my knowledge any place in the world that has an elderly man making a hundred plus Pizzas a day in a place that has endless lines, day and night. Pizza that are so perfect, words can not describe People line up for greatness and artistry, and for a couple of slices of the most marvelous pizza this side of Naples, and to watch this passionate little old man work his heart out, not getting, not allowing anyone else to make a pie at his beloved Pizzeria. The man is elderly. He’s worked his whole life. He makes such a magical thing that people line up each and every day to see him and eat one of his many masterpieces. With business like this, he could hire to other Pizzaiolos to help him, doubling or tripling his business and and financial intake. He could hire two guys and make pizza aloing with them, or sit back and get three guys to do it. At his age, he’s entitled to. But know, Dom DeMarco loves what he does, he loves his Pizza, each and every one that passes that counter and into thousands of appreciative hands. The man feels that no one else can make a Pizza the way he does and wants to serve to his customers. No one else who has his skills, his passion and love for the Pizza, thus he does it all himself. And this my friends is the reason that going to Di Farra’s to watch Dominic the maestro in action, all by himself while hundreds of people line up every day, waiting an hour and a half to two hours just to get a Pizza (not just any old Pizza mind you). “It’s a Religious Experience.” Truly! A show and there is nothing like it in the World, Dom DeMarco, a man and his Pizza, America’s Best, and something to rival that other World Pizza Capital, Napoli.

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

The BEST PIZZA  in AMERICA DiFarra Pizza Brookly, NEW YROK

The BEST PIZZA
in AMERICA
DiFarra Pizza
Brookly, NEW YROK

SEGRETO ITALIANO, THE LATEST FEM DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE .. AMAZON.COM

SEGRETO ITALIANO, THE LATEST FEM DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE ..
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Vernaccia Barbaresco Mona Lisa Brunello & Bellino

17 Sep
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke (R)
with
ITALO STUPINO  “The KING of SANTA STEFANO”
BARBARESCO
at
WINEBOW PORTFOLIO TASTING 2014
New York, NY
 
 
CASTELLO di NEIVE BARBARESCO 
From ITALO STUPINO
 
 
I drank trhough and tasted all of Italo’s phenominal Barbarescos as well as his; Dolcetto d’ Alba Basarin 2011,
Pinot Noir 2012, and Barbaresco Santa Stefano 2006 & 2009 … Italo is The King of Santa Stefano .. He has the only vineyard. He used to sell fruit to Bruno Giacosa, but the contract is up and Italo will be the only one in the World making Barbaresco Santa Stefano from now on. We drank the base Barbaresco Castello del Neive 2010 and the Barbaresco Santa Stefano 2009, both awesome, but the Santa Stefano had a slight edge of awesomeness. But not by much, both are great wines, perfectly balanced with fine fruit, and perfect examples of what a great Barbaresco should be. They are Textbook. It was great to see Italo again. He is the man! I just love that guy, and would rather drink his Barbaresco over anyone else’s. ANd this of course includes Angelo Gaja, who makes some great Barbaresco, but the prices are through the roof, and dollare for dollar I’d put Italo’s up against Gaja’s any-day-of-the week .. You can’t do any better … Although I must say, I really enjoyed Anjelo’s offerings last year when I tasted the wines at a tasting in New York with Anjelo and daughter Gaia ..
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino Z with Alessandro Mori of Il Maronetta Brunello
 
at The WORLD TRADE CENTER
New York, NY
Montcalm Wines Portfolio Tatsing
 
Alessandro tasted me on his latest vintages of his estates awesome Brunello ..
I really loved the 2008 Brunello Normale and the Brunello Reserva Madonna del Grazia 2008 was off the charts awesome .. The 2009 Brunello and Brunello Ros. Madonna del Grazia where awesome as well … Alessandro let me have a taste of the Brunello 2010, which was a bottle tasting and has not been released.. The 2010 Brunellos, by law cannot be released to January 2015 and this was a nice suprise advanced tasting of a 2010 Brunello .. Alessandro was beaming. He is very proud of the wine and he said the vintage is one of the best. “I wouldn’t disagree.”
 
ZENATO AMARONE
 
 
 
 
 
M ARIOLAS
with His Families
 
TURIGA
Vernaccia di  San Gimignano

Vernaccia di
San Gimignano

Princessa Natalia Strozzi

Princessa Natalia Strozzi

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SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

 
SEGRETO ITALIANO, THE LATEST FEM DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE .. AMAZON.COM

SEGRETO ITALIANO, THE LATEST FEM DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE ..
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MONA LISA

MONA LISA

 

Guicciardini-Strozzi are theoldest wine producers in Italy with their Cusona estate established in 994 AD ( no, we didn’t forget the 1). They produced the very first Vernaccia di San Gimignano in 1200 AD and this very wine was exalted by the likes of Dante,Michelangelo and Boccaccio not to mention drank byPopes.

It was only when Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” started to cause so much hysteria, that two academics embarked on a quest to find out whom the Mona Lisa really was and if she had any living descendant. Inevitably their quest took them to knock at Cusona’s doors, where Prince Girolamo Strozzi opened up the family’s archives to reveal what was known in the family.

However, something else was soon to be discovered that even the Strozzis could not expect. During a former British Prime Minister’s private visit to their Cusona estate, the latter was being entertained with some of the family’s tales. One of such tales was that of a marriage in the sixteenth century between a female ancestor and an English aristocrat. It was at this point that the former British PM suddenly remembered to have come across this very fact in a book he once read.

He therefore suggested a further deepening of this lineage’ study at the London’s British Library. Here, documents certifying the marriage of Camilla Guicciardini-Strozzi to Sir Thomas Darcy were found along those certifying the birth of their five children. One of them, Frances, married into the Marlborough family eventually becoming one the ancestors of no less than Sir Winston Churchill himself.

Until now these news have not been divulged outside the academic circles to avoid being associated with the book and attract unnecessary media attention. It is now our very pleasure and privilege to bring this truly unique tale of history and culture linking Italy and Great Britain for wine and history lovers alike.

 

 

KIETH RICHARDS FAVORITE COOKBOOK

16 Sep
GOTA ANY KAHLUA? The COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE is KEITH RICHARDS Favorite Cookbook  aka The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK ... ABIDE!

GOTA ANY KAHLUA?
The COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE is KEITH RICHARDS Favorite Cookbook
aka
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK … ABIDE!

GOT ANY KAHLUA?

THE BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

THE BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

THE BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

Secret Recipes

16 Sep

SECRET & RARE ITALIAN RECIPES ???

SEGRETO ITALIANO

 

SEGRETO ITALIANO

SECRET RECIPES INSIDE !!!

Secret & Rare Italian Recipes? Yes, Secret & Rare Italian Recipes, are the main premises of Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke’s latest book SEGRETO ITALIAN, from Broadway Fifth Press, New York …
Daniel has fast become America’s Hot New Celebrity Chef Cookbook Author, with 4 Best Selling Cookbooks in Amazon.com Top 100 Cookbooks at this very moment ( September 14, 2014) … His book Sunday Sauce – When Italian-Americans Cook has been the # 1 Best Seller Italian Cookbooks for more than 5 months, and there is no sign of it relinquessing its # 1 Spot at The Top any time soon .. Daniel’s La TAVOLA – Italian-American New Yorkers Adventures of The Table has made its way back into the top 40, The FEAST of THE 7 FISH is in the Top 100 Best Sellers, and Segreto Italiano is # 7 on Amazon’s Best Seller List Italian Cookbooks on Kindle and the # 1 Hot New Best Seller for September 2014 Italian Cookbooks. Wow !!! 
Not bad!
 
So, Segerto Italiano? Yes, the main themes of the book, of which there are 3 are; #1 First and foremost, The Secret Recipes, # 2 Rare Recipes, after all, many times you llok in a cookbook and you might see many things over and over  again. You need something new, thus the rare recipes. And # 3, Favorite Italian Dishes, some of the most love and popular dishes of what we know as Italian-America.
 
Now, a little about the Secret Recipes was the the first spark that ignited Daniel’s mind and idea for this cookbook Segreto Italiano ..  Daniel saide that he was just thinking (one day) about dinners he had had over the years at one of his favorite of all Italian Restaurants in New York, Gino’s up on Lexington Avenue, across the street fromt the world famous Bloomingdales’s department store … Sadly Gino’s had closed its doors a few years ago, due to high rent and high insurance and other cost to the union employees .. Expenses were too high and they decided to close their doors and shut the place down … Very sad. I wish they would have gotten a better ideas and raised all the prices of the entrees 2 or 3 dollars, drinks by $1.00 and a couple or few buck on each bottle of wine .. This probably would have cover the rent increase and other cost over the course of a month, and me and the many devoted fans of Gino’s would still have our beloved Ginot’s to go to. I’m quite certain that not one person would have complained about the prices being raised if it meant saving Gino’s .. Wel maybe a few?
 
 
ZEBRA WALLPAPER

GINO’S SECRET SAUCE

Inside Our Beloved and Sorely Missed GINO’S
 
A Waiter Chats Up a Table
 
NOTE The FAMED ZEBRA WALLPAPER
 
 
Gino’s was a wonderful little restaurant with many loyal regular customers, the likes of;  
Gay Talese,  Joe Dimaggio, and one Francis Albert Sinatra. There were many other celebrities and very well heeled customers. You had to loved the crowd at Gino’s …
Anyway, Daniel said he was remenising about Gino’s and meales he had with his cousin Joe, sisiter Barbara, brothers Michael and Jimmy and others. He said he used to go to Gino’s once or twice a month with cousin Joe who loved the joint as well, especially Gino’s famous and secret Salsa Segrete, pasta of your choice with Gino’s Secret Sauce, it was oh so yummy Daniel says … Daniel talks about the first time he and cousin Joe went there. The ordered a nice bottle of Chianti, some Baked Clams and Veal Milanese. In-between the Clams and the Veal they ordered a dish that intrigued them. A dish called Tagiolini con Salsa Segrete (Secret Sauce) .. The boys both love pasta, but none more so than cousin Joe who had to have a bowl of pasta (maccheroni) with every meal. So they ordered a bowl to split in-between the first and second courses .. Well, when it came out, they went nuts. They loved it. Of course they did, the sauce is awesome;y delicious … Daniel and Joe never had a meal at Gino’s without getting a bowl of Pasta with Salsa Segrete, and it was too long before Daniel figured out the Secret Ingredients and how to make it … The recipe is in the cookbook, Segreto Italiano and Daniel promised us not to print it. We obliged, so if you want to learn how to make Salsa Segret, Dannny’s Bolognese, Clemenza’s Mob War Sunday Sauce and a whole bunch of other Secret Recipes, rare dishes, and favorite Italian Food, you’re just gonna have to get yourself a copy of this fine book, Segreto Italiano, Secret Italian Recipes, stories and more .. We just Love it! We’re sure you will too.
 
 
 
by James Abruzzese
 
 
 
Available on AMAZON.com
 

Secret Recipes

 
 
 
Segreto Italiano is FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED
 
 

 

LEARN HOW to MAKE DANNY BOLOGNESE’S SECRET BOLOGNESE SAUCE … Recipe in SEGRETO IATLIANO by Daniel Bellino “Z”

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