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Secret Recipes

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?
 
 
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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”

Italian American Greatest Hits Cookbook Bellino

ITALIAN-AMERICA’S GREATEST HITS  COOKBOOK
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Ladies and Gentlmen, here it is! My latest, Italian-Americans Greattest Hits … It’s almost ready and should be out for publication in about 3 months … As the title implies, the book is a Greatest Hits Book …  The Greatest Hits of Italian-American Food that is !!! The book includes recipes and always stories of Italian-America, the people, the kitchen, the Food, places and all things Italian (Music,Wine and such). Some recipes are previously published from some of my other books (it’s a Greatest Hits Album so to speak). With some of these previously published recipes, there are many new ones as well). Maybe you’ve purchased one or two of my books (Thank You!) and maybe you like the work, the stories, the recipes, and you like to get some of my work as a gift to a loved one, a friend, whoever, you might want to get a copy of this as a compilation of my work. Anyway, look for it, Italian-America’s Greatest Hits  –  Spaghetti Meatballs Sausage & Peppers  …. Oh, there’s much more .. Favoirte dishes of The Italian-American Table, “You know what they are.”
CURRENTLY Available from Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
SUNDAY SAUCE  …. Learn How to Make SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA  and …
La TAVOLA is NEW YORK ITALIAN

LEARN HOW To Make a NEGRONI and more vital skills of Italian-America …

THE FEAST of THE 7 FISH

LEARN How to Make It !!!!

with Daniel Bellino-Zwicke ‘s

The FEAST of THE 7 FISH
Ingredients ?
The NEGRONI

Recipe in La TAVOLA

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke




INGREDIENTS ?





SUNDAY SAUCE

“GRAVY”


RONZONI

SONO BUONI !!!
PASTA of My CHILDHOOD 



FRNAK !!!

SINATRA 



MAKE a da SAUCE


alla CLEMENZA

Richard Castellano
&
Al Pacino

The GODFATHER

CHIANTI !!!



GINO’S SECRET SAUCE In SUNDAY SAUCE

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SECRET SAUCE “SEGRETO”

Excerpt from Daniel Bellino Zwicke’s “SUNDAY SAUCE”
Due for November 30, 2013 Publication

Tagliolini with Salsa Segreto. Secret Sauce? We lost our beloved Old-School Italian Red-Sauce Restaurant Gino’s of Lexington Avenue a couple years back. Gino’s opened in 1945 by Neapolitan Immigrant Gino Circicello was a Gem of a Restaurant loved by its many loyal customers who kept the place packed and vibrant night-after-night. The place was perfect; Great Food and good wine at reasonable prices coupled with excellent service by friendly attentive waiters inside a homey comfy dining-room that everyone loved, from its cozy little Bar at the front of the restaurant, its Phone Booth (one of the last surviving in New York), and the famed Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper that is as much a part of Gino’s as the tenured old waiters and the popular Chicken Parmigiano.
Among all the tasty dishes with the Pasta with Salsa Segreto, “The Secret Sauce,” it was as tasty as can be, and a perennial favorite with Gino’s legendary clientele, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Joe DiMaggio, and a string of luminaries to long to name. Gino’s had many wonderful dishes that were soul satisfy, unpretentious, but tasty as heck. They were all the usual suspects of Italian Red-Sauce Joints everywhere; from Baked Clams Areganata, to Shrimp Cocktail, to Spaghetti With Clam Sauce, Lasagna, the famed Veal Pamigiano, “the entire menu.”
I used to go to Gino’s with my cousin Joe, my sister Barbara came a couple times, as my brother Michael. But it was usually me and Cousin Joe and if anyone else tagging along. Now I love my pasta as all good Italian-Americans do, but my cousin Joe? He had me beat. The guy loves his pasta, and wanted it practically every day. I believe we tried the Secret Sauce on our first trip there together. I think with Tagliolini, but you can have it with Spaghetti, Rigatoni or whichever pasta you like. Well we loved it from the very first, and would get it every time we went. Often we’d get Baked Clams and Shrimp Cocktail, followed by a Half Portion each of Tagliolini with Salsa Segreto, and as our main we might split a Veal Milanese with a “Nice Bottle of Chianti.” We’d finish the meal with Espresso and a couple of Desserts, maybe a Tira Mi Su and a Chocolate Tartufo.
So the Secret Sauce, what’s in it you want to know? Yes I identified the Secret ingredients one day, I made it, and it tastes exactly the same, and that’s as tasty as can possibly be, a 10 out of 10, you can’t get any better. It’s quite simple and you’d be amazed, but that’s the essence of all Italian Cooking, simply tasty. The Secret of The Secret Sauce is, “I shouldn’t tell you but I will.” I should be charging you $100 just for this one recipe but I won’t. “I hope you know what a bargain you people are all getting; my Sunday Sauce, Clemenza’s Sunday Sauce, my Lentil Soup recipe, Marinara Sauce, and so much more.” I’m getting robbed. But here you go, The Salsa Segreto (Secret Sauce) from the former Gino’s Restaurant on Lexington Avenue across from Bloomingdales is _________ and __________________   added to a simple tomato sauce as you toss the pasta (your Choice) with the Sauce. Basta! That’s it! The Cat is out of the Bag. Enjoy!

Clemenza’s Meatball Sunday Sauce is Available on AMAZON.com

Clemenza’s Meatball Sunday Sauce is Available on AMAZON.com

It’s Finally here! After 40 Years. The Recipe for Corleone Family Caporegime Pete Clemenza’s Famous Meatball Sunday Sauce in Daniel B. Bellino’s wonderful new book, “Clemenza’s Meatball Sunday Sauce” It’s da Bomb! Italian America Favorite Recipes, including Goodfellas Sunday Sauce and Henry’s Goodfella Veal & Peppers, Pasta Fazool and much more. This Book is a Gem and Must Have for any and all Italian-Americans or anyone who wants to eat like one. Basta!

Clemenza’s Meatball Sunday Sauce

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Well, it seems we’ve been waiting forever, 41 years to be exact since the release of one of America’s most epic movies, The Godfather by Italian-American Director Francis Ford Coppola. What have we been waiting for? A book dedicated to the legendary scene when Corleone Family Caporegime Peter Clemenza teaches Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) how to make “Sauce,” Sunday Sauce that is, aka Gravy, the beloved, monumental, most important dish in all of Italian-America, its cooking, eating and gathering of the family. Clemenza fries up some garlic with tomatoes and Tomato Paste, then “throw in your Meatballs and Sausage,” he adds a little wine, a bit of sugar, and that’s his secret. It’s a piece of movie, AMerican, and Italian American History, purely classical and it’s in Daniel B. Bellino’s new book Clemenza’s Meatball Sunday Sauce, the most anticipated cookbook of 2013 ..

Yes, Clemenza’s Meatball Sunday Sauce “Gravy” recipe is in their in all its fabulousness, as is Charlie & Big Paulie’s Goodfellas Sunday Sauce and Henry’s Veal & Peppers recipes. LEarn how to make Meatballs, Pasta Fazool, Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce, Mussels Marinara and much more. Daniel even includes the top secret recipe for Salsa Segreta, the “Secret Sauce” of beloved (now defunct) New York Italian favorite restaurant Gino’s …

There’s Daniel’s own famed Sunday Sauce and Amatriciana recipes and much more. This book is an absolute Gem “Must Have” for anyone interested in the wonderful Food and History of Italian-American, Italian Food and of course the star of the show, Sunday Sauce. You will delight in every recipe and the whimsical stories and anecdotes of the Italian American lifestyle, particularly in New York and of Mob Movies. As I’ve said it is a must have and especially now with Daniel’s generous introductory offer of just .99 Cents a copy. It’s a steal.

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NEW YORK ITALIAN in La TAVOLA

NEW YORK ITALIAN in La TAVOLA

NEW YORK ITALIAN-AMERICAN FAVORITES, Like; MEATBALLS, SUNDAY SAUCE,SPAGHETTI,SAUSAGE & PEPPERS, and …. ALL IN LA TAVOLA “ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS ADVENTURES of THE TABLE” …

FEAST of The 7 FISH “Just in Time For Christmas”

The Feast of The 7 Fish

The Feast of The 7 Fish

The Feast of The 7 Fish

Kindle Edition

The Italian Christmas Feast of The 7 Fish? Ever Wonder about it” Its meaning, make-up, rituals, and of course “How To Make It?” Well Ladies and Gentlemen, You’re in Luck.” Renowned Chef and Cookbook author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke has just come up with his latest “THE FEAST of The 7 FISH” An Italian-American Christmas Eve Feast, and just in Time for Christmas. If you’ve ever wanted to know about this wonderful Italian Christmas Tradition and How to make it, then this book is for you. It has Everything you need to know to make this Wonderful Italian Feast and on all levels ..

THE FEAST of The 7 FISH

THE FEAST of THE 7 FISH

Feast of The 7 Fish

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

in PAPERBACK & KINDLE EDITIONS AMAZON.com

La Vigilia

 

   My Aunt Helen used to make the famous Italian Christmas Eve Dinner, The Feast of 7 Fishes, The 7 Fish of the Seven Sacraments. I know she made it because I used to hear her talking about it when I was a little kid. Although I shared many wonderful meals with my dear Aunt Helen, I never had the pleasure of having the famous Christmas Eve Dinner “La Vigilia” Feast of Seven Fish with her. We always had Christmas Eve dinner with the immediate family and Aunt Helen had the Christmas Eve with her brother and sister and other family members. Aunt Helen was born in Salerno, Italy and was my Uncle Franks (1 of my Mother’s 3 brothers) better half. So for our Christmas Dinner my mother would make an Antipasto of Salami, Provolone, Peppers, and Olives, followed by Baked Ziti and a Baked Ham studded with cloves and Pineapple rings.

   The first time I ever had the mystical dinner was about 14 years ago with my cousin Joe, his family and my girlfriend Duyen. We had been talking about this famous Italian Feast a few weeks previous, and were thinking of making it. Joe told me he wanted to have the Christmas Eve Meal of The Feast of The 7 Fishes, known in Italy as La Viglia (The Vigil) or “La Festa Dei Sette Pesci,” which is also known in Italian-America as The Feast of The 7 Fish, the 7 Fish representing the 7 Sacraments.

   This Dinner, La Viglia originated in Southern Italy, especially in and around the environs of Napoli. The Feast of The 7 Fish is a Southern Italian tradition that does not exist in the rest of Italy, it is of the South. La Viglia, or “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” as it is known to Italian-Americans commemorates the waiting (Vigil) of the Baby Jesus to be Born at Midnight and the Seven Fish represent the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Some also believe that the Seven Fish might signify the 7 Days of Creation, or The Seven Deadly Sins, but most believe the 7 Fish pertain to the Seven Sacraments.

     So Joe asked me if I wanted to make this festive and all important dinner, to perform the ceremony. He didn’t need to ask twice. I had never made it before and was dying to do so. For a long time I had yearned to partake in this celebrated old Southern Italian Ritual, and this was my chance. Naturally I was excited, so was Joe. So it we had great anticipation of the grand Feast to come and we were filled with happy expectations of the meal to come.

And what for the menu? I know Aunt Helen made Bacala, Shrimp Oreganata, Mussels, Baked Clams, Calamari, Octopus, and eel, all much loved Southern Italian (especially Napoli and Sicily) creatures of the Sea. We decided which fish we wanted and how to cook each one. Much thought and planning went into the menu and its execution. Joe wanted; Langoustines, Lobster, and Bacala. Alexandra asked if I would make Stuffed Calamari. We also decided on Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Clams Oreganata, and Cozze al Posillipo. The menu was set. Duyen helped me with the Calamari which we stuffed with Shrimp, parsley, breadcrumbs, and Peas. We braised the Calamari with tomato, white wine, and herbs, and if I must say so myself, the Calamari came out superbly. The Stuffed Calamari were a lot of work to make, but well worth the effort as they were a huge hit with all. The Macari boys, Joey, Edward, and Tommy, as well as sister Gabriella, Alexandra, Little Joey, Duyen, Jose, and Sergio from Barcelona were all in attendance.

     The Mussels Posillipo, a great favorite of both Neopolitans and their Italian-American brethren, were cooked with garlic, white wine, parsley, and tomato, of which the sauce is always great to dip your bread into. This dish was one of my mother’s favorites back in the days when few Americans other than those of Italian origins ever ate these wonderful little bivalves. Now-a-days every-body does. As a young boy I remember my mother sending me to Bella Pizza in East Rutherford to get an order of them for her. She always gave me a few mussels to eat, and I have loved them ever since.

     Joe helped me to cook the Langoustines. They are hard to find and I had to order a ten-pound box from Silvano in order to get them. The best way to cook langoustines is to split them in half and sauté them on each side in olive oil with a little butter and garlic. We served the Langoustines the same way as Silvano does as we feel his recipe is the best and everybody loves them that way. The Langoustines are served with a salad of thinly shaved fennel and celery dressed in olive oil and lemon with some split cherry tomatoes. Absolutely delicious!!!

  The Lobsters we prepared the best way possible, the New England way, steamed and served simply with drawn butter and lemon wedges. There’s nothing better on Earth, well except for Sunday Sauce of course.

  Well, that Christmas Eve Dinner The Feast of Seven Fishes was quite a wonderful experience. It was a huge success though quite a lot of work and actually, too much food, everyone was kind of full already by the fifth fish. The following year we decided on incorporating the Seven Fish into three courses instead of seven separate. It was a good decision. We still had 7 different fish, which is a must. Serving these 7 Fish in three courses was a good idea as it is much more manageable that way, both to cook and to eat. So, you will see later on that you can have this great Feast of 7 different Fish in a number of ways; either 7 fish in seven courses or do the 7 fish in three, four, 5, or 7 separate courses, whatever you choose, it’s up to you.

   On this particular Feast of The 7 Fish in 3 courses, we decided to make the Stuffed Calamari, which I would not have chosen again because it was a lot of work, but it was Alex’s and Joe’s favorite and they said that it was a must whenever we make the meal. We had the Stuffed Calamari as our Antipasto Course. Alexandra and her mom helped me, so the amount of work was cut down and divided into three.

The stuffed calamari took care of two of the seven the shrimp that were stuffed into the squid.

 The second course (Primi) of Linguine Frutti de Mare consumed four of the Seven Fish required for the meal. It consisted of Mussels, Clams, Lobster, and Scallops cooked with garlic, oil, herbs, and just a touch of tomato.

   The seventh and final fish was fresh Cod that I roasted and served with a sweet and sour onion sauce (Bacala Fresca Agro Dolce). Everybody went bananas for it especially cousin Joe who raved at each and every dish I put down. It’s a pleasure cooking for Joe as his passion for eating and for the Italian-American way of life, the food, the wine, the rituals. Joe truly loves and savors the experience, so I always love to cook for him, Alexandra, their children, or just about anyone for who savors the experience so well. This goes the same for my cousin Anthony Bellino his wife Debbie and their three girls Chrissy, Danna, and Allison, along with all my close friends and family who I share my meals with.

   It makes cooking a joy rather than a chore, when cooking for family or friends, you give two of life’s great gifts, a tasty Home-Cooked meal combined with a little bit of love. Scratch that, “A Whole Lotta Love!”

   If you don’t want to go so crazy, with 7 Fish as it’s quite an undertaking, you should try to do an odd numbers; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11. Three (3) is a Nice Number and represents the Holy Trinity of The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Basta, e Buon Natale!

EXCERPTED from THE FEAST of THE 7 FISH   by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

The Feast of The 7 Fish

The Feast of The 7 Fish

 

SECRET ITALIAN RECIPES 

Segreto italiano

SEGRETO ITALIANO

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

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SUNDAY SAUCE

When Italian-Americans Cook

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

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GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK

Recipes From My Sicilian Nonna

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