La Vigila “THE FEAST of The 7 FISH” The Southern Italian Ritual Christmas Eve Meal of Seven Fish, Representing The 7 Sacraments of
The Roman Catholic Church .. This Meal is a Sacred Ritual of The South
of Italy and Italian-American’s in New York, New Jersey, and other Italian American enclaves across the country. And You’d be Surprised to know that is Mostly of The South of Italy and Italian-America and that Many Italians from Central Italy to The North have never heard of This Great Traditional Feast as it is Mainly of The South. Have You ever wanted to Make or Eat one, but Don’t Know Where to Start? The Know-How is Mostly Passed Down in Families from One Generation to the Next and
Not Much Has Been Written on This Great Subject. Not Until Now anyway with The Publication of This Book by Daniel Bellino Zwicke. You Will Find Everything You Need to Know to Partake, Make, and Eat this Most Important Meal of The Italian Calender Year , with The FEAST of 7 FISH..
The Book Contains Stories, Recipes and Instructions on How to Make This Great Feast, Your Very Own “FEAST of SEVEN FISHES” so Cook, Make, and Partake, Mangia Bene e “Buon Natale”
The juggernaut, as the New York Times recently called then, The Torris Boys (Major Foods) is going corporate. “Watch Out Boys and Girls,” that means exclusiveness, cachet, and overall cool factor goes down. Major expansion, they going corporate, McDonaldesque if you will. Well not quite, but you know what I mean. The so called Torrisi Boys, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and partner Jeff Zalaznick who own and operate; Carbone, Parm (2 locations), Torrisi Italian Specialties, and ZZ plan on major expansion in the next couple of years with a large bakery/ restaurant downtown, that will partner with Melissa Weller and feature fresh baked; Bagels,Danish, Bear Claws, Challah Bread, yeast based and other baked goods. Jeff Zalaznick states, “It’s going to be our version of Barney Greengrass.”
The partners whose Parm Restaurant on Mulberry Street next to their first place Torrisi Italian Specialties has been super successful from day one and quickly spawned a sister Parm at Yankee Stadium. The Torrisi Boys (Major Foods) plan on opening several more outposts of PARM all over New York, in; Battery Park, 2 in Brooklyn of which one be near to The Barclay’s Center and another in Williamsburg, the Upper West Side and who knows where else? The New York Times says they plan on building Parm into a citywide Shake Shack style franchise. “Good Luck.” Corporate, make a ton of money, but majorly lose cachet and so-called cool-factor. You can’t have it all boys. They probably do.
Most well-heeled New Yorkers hate chains a corporate conglomerates when it comes to restaurants. Many giant nation-wide food chains who’ve made it big in a large part of the country thought they’d come in to New York and knock-em-dead. Not! Discerning New Yorkers tend to like small independent restaurants, not corporate like Applebee’s and Bennigans. When you see restaurants like Red Lobster and Olive Garden doing well around Times Square it’s tourists and the less well healed New Yorkers going to them, the rest of us hate chain restaurants.
So it will remain to see what happens with Parm, Carbone and the now much smaller Major Foods (Torrisi Boys) empire. With a good number more Parm Outlets open, will the original loss it cachet and hot-factor? Who knows? Probably. And what of Carbone, the flagship of the corporation which has from day one and to this point (March 20, 2014) been uber-hot and still New York’s Hottest Restaurant Ticket in Town? Time will tell, and …
Plans for Carbone – Torissi Boys Lobster Club that 3rd partner Jeff Zalaznick was hot on have been scrapped. The Carbone – torissi Team is opening a small clam-bar instead (12 seats) called ZZ Clam Bar a couple doors downstream from their highly sucessful “Carbone” Old-School Red-Sauce Italian Joint. This teams first venture was named after Rich Torissi, the 2nd “Carbone” after Mario Carbone, and now ZZ Clam Bar will be named after Jeff Zalaznick and his nickname “ZZ”
Yes folks,sad but true, Joe’s Dairy is closing. After 60 years in business, the beloved little Cheese Shop, a.k.a. “Jimmy The Cheeseman’s Store” from The Pope of Greenwich Village, will sell their last ball of fresh Home Made Mozzarella (The best in The City) at 6 PM today May, 11 2013, and New York and the Italian Community of South Greenwich Village loses but one more beloved institution.
This is particularly a major blow to we Italian-Americans who lost our much loved Rocco Restorante on Thompson Street in The Village last year. Rocco’s, after 90 years in Greenwich Village lost it’s lease last year and The Torissi Boys quickly swooped in to open “Carbone,” which promised to be a classic Old School Downtown New York Italian Red Sauce Joint like Rocco’s was, but with $50 Veal Parmigiano and $52 Veal Marsala on the menu, it just doesn’t seem so.
And so my friends we lose another beloved old New York Mom-and-Pop business to greed landlords. It’s a Sin, and we all wish something could be done about this scourge. Bye-Bye Joe’s we’ll surely miss you there on Sullivan Street, and we’re gonna miss New York’s Best Mozz. So we’re do we go now? I still refuse to set food in that awful, overprice commercial enterprise Eataly, that’s for tourist and another type of person I will not mention. Guess I’ll have to walk down to DiPalo’s. Joe’s was only 2 blocks from my house. I’ll miss it so.