Mario Carbone

CARBONE GOING CORPORATE

CARBONE
and
The Former ROCCO’S SIGN

Thompson Street
GREENWICH VILLAGE
NEW YORK



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 …




DBZ






PARM

Mulberry Street


Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin


FRANK & DEAN

NOW THAT’S COOL” !!!!






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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Carbone -Torissi Boys “ZZ Clam Bar” Opening Soon

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”

 

 

 

ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS ADVENTURES of The TABLE

ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS ADVENTURES of The TABLE

CUOZZO GIVES CARBONE 2 STARS VEAL NOT THE BEST In THE CITY

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Finicky (Notoriously “Off The Mark”) New York Post Food Critic Steve Cuozzo gives Carbone a luke-warm 2 Stars and quotes The Godfather, saying” The Veal is not the Best in The City,” a line made famous by Al Litieri as Vrigil Sollozzo tells crooked New York City Police Captain McColskey, when he ask, “How’s the Italian Food in this restaurant (Louie’s)?” Solozzo tels him to get the Veal, it’s the best in the city. Well Cuozzo definitely didn’t think that of the Veal at Carbone.

Cuzzo on Carbone’s Pasta 

“Pasta monotonously lacked contrast or texture. Only one of six I tried rang the bell: modestly named, immodestly priced ($30) spaghetti de mare. The joy lay less in showoff elements like rock shrimp, bay scallops and razor clams, than in crackling tomato, garlic, chili, parsley and garlic. Most others evoked mediocre trattorias, especially dry and clumpy angel hair begging for more olive oil.”

Cuzzo on Carbone’s Clams:

Clams three ways batted .333; while oreganata clicked, neither lardo on top of casinos, nor sea urchin in a “fantasia” preparation was my idea of heaven.

Steve Cuozzo’s Fianl Statement on Carbone:

“A restaurant born of so much talent and expectation should dazzle us from inizio alla fine. Carbone flickers like a teasing moon through billows of pomp — in a town full of truly great Italian places, it’s an offer I’ll gently refuse.”

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Cuozzo Says Carbone’s $50.00 VEAL PARMIGIANO Is Enough for Two “But Not The Best in The CITY”

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” …

GAEL GREENE GOES To WRONG CARBONE in HELLS KITCHEN

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The Carbone Before Carbone? What? There has been quite a bit of confusion of late in the New York and New York Italian Restaurant World … The confusion is of Carbone and Carbone, Carbone Restorante of 38th Street in New York’s Hells Kitchen and Carbone, thee “Carbone” of 181 Thompson Street in Greenwich Village … As of this moment, Saturday March 30, 2013 thee # 1 Hottest Restaurant in Town, the restaurant of-the-moment and the one who is making all kind of noise in the Press, on the Internet and other media outlets is the Carbone on Thompson Street in the old “Rocco’s Restaurant Space” in Greenwich Village, which that right there has caused quite a lot of commotion. The fat that the so-called Torrisi Boys took over the old and beloved Old-School New York Italian Red-Sauce Joint “Rocco’s” has caused quite a stir.
For those of you who might not know, “The Torrisi Boys” are the team of Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznich, with Zalaznick the so-called “Money Man” and Carbone and Torrisi the Restaurant Guys and Chefs. This team exploded onto the scene about three years ago with their first place Torrisi Italian Specialties on Mulberry Street. The Guys had a great idea and concept. Torrisi Italian Specialties was a small place that barely sat about 30 people, I beleive. It was operated as a sort-of Italian-Deli during the day, selling mostly; Chicken Parm Sandwiches, Meatball Parms, and there famous Fresh Roast Turkey Sandwiches and other sandwiches, along with a couple soups and a few pastas. In the evening the place operated as a restaurant with one option a Five-Course Set Menu for $55 … Both the lunch (daytime) and Dinner as the 5 Course Meal were excellent. Torrisi Italian Specialties quickly became a immediate and huge success as well as the two Co/Chef Owners Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi became huge as Chef Personalities and media-darlings. Yes Torrisi was a great success and it was less than a year and a half when this team opened a second place next door, called “Parm” which served at both lunch and dinner the kind of food the original Torrisi Italian Specialties served just for lunch, Italian and Italian-American Classic, with a Chinese Ribs thrown in as a a quirky special. Once the opened the 2nd place Parm next door, they turned their first place Torrisi Italian Specialties into set menu dinner only restaurant with no more Lunch Time Italian Deli, that was Parm next door.
OK, move forward a couple years. The much loved Red-Sauce Classic Rocco’s Restorante on Thompson Street is losing their lease. The landlord as in so many sad New York “Greedy Lanlord” stories jacks-up Rocco’s Rent to a point where they can not afford to stay in business. Rocco’s had been doing good business, but not gang-busters and not enough to support the huge rent increase, they lose their lease. In move The Torrisi Boys, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick. They sign a lease, and plan on opening what they call a 1950’s Downtown New York Old School Italian Restaurant. They renovate the old Rocco’s leaving the great old neon sign and superimposing in Neon Letters “Carbone,” some locals, any of whom are hard-core old-school Italians from the neighborhood “Don’t Like It.” There’s much action and talk on the internet on food and restaurant sites like, Grub Street, Eater, Chowhound and such. The talk on Carbone is both positive and negative.
Carbone opens to much fanfare in mid March 2013 to mixed reviews and comments on Eater, Chowhound and such. Carbone becomes the hottest ticket in town restaurant-wise. Many want to eat there and check it out. Tables are hard to come by, now the confusion. It seems as though “Carbone” is not the only Carbone in town? There’s another one, and it’s in midtown on 38th Street in Hells Kitchen, New York. It’s own by an Italain from Italy, who has never head of Mario Carbone the Chef/Owner who the Greenwich Village restaurant Carbone is named after. Some people trying to get reservations and don’t know any better, go on Open Table or call up the Hells Kitchen Carbone and get a reservation, “No Problem.” But they get a reservation for a table at the wrong Carbone, not the one they were intending. Even the famed long time New York City restaurant critic Gael Greene made this mistake. So what’s a person to do?
GAEL GREEN MAKES A MISTAKE at CARBONE
GAEL GREENE’S TWITTER TWEET  @GaelGreeneSpent 20 minutes at wrong Carbone lasngt.Finally grumpy owner there gave me address of THE Essential new Carbone, Missed seeing TonyBennett.

EATER Guest Comments about Gael Greene at “Wrong” Carbone:   
GUEST Comment 1 :  

She probably would have had a better dinner if she stayed at her first stop.

GUEST Comment 2 :  Step 1:   Go to Hell’s Kitchen Carbone.                                     

Step 2:   Create a Yelp account.                                     

Step 3:   Review Old Carbone and Post to New CARBONE.

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GUEST Comment 3 :   Perhaps she went to all the wrong restaurants?                                     That would mean that all her Reviews are Wrong!?
GUEST Comment 4 :   DUMBASS !!!!

ABOUT The HELL’S KITCHEN CARBONE: From Their Website .. 

 

Carbone Ristorante Italiano has been in business for many years in Rome, Italy and now in business for 2 years in Manhattan, NY. Just a few minutes from Times Square and in heart of the Fashion District adjacent to Hell’s Kitchen is one of New York’s best kept secrets. The authentic Italian dishes not only focus on traditional Roman plates, but lets you taste a little bit of all regions of Italy. The owner and manager, Max (Italian Mastiff) are both from Rome. The staff is Italian which adds to your experience while feeling like you’re in Italy. 


Carbone has a great selection of Italian wines and liquors and a beautiful backyard where you 
can relax and enjoy our homemade desserts. 

Buon appetito!

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HELLS KITCHEN CARBONE on 38th STREET,New York, NY

READ of NEW YORK and GREENWICH VILLAGE ITALIAN-AMERICAN; The Food, The People, Restaurants, PIZZERIAS, CAFFES

READ of NEW YORK and GREENWICH VILLAGE ITALIAN-AMERICAN; The Food, The People, Restaurants, PIZZERIAS, CAFFES

                                 

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                                              Captain Making a Caeser Salad at The Right CARBONE !

                                              Did Gael get  One? 

THE CARBONE BEFORE CARBONE

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The Carbone Before Carbone? What? There has been quite a bit of confusion of late in the New York and New York Italian Restaurant World … The confusion is of Carbone and Carbone, Carbone Restorante of 38th Street in New York’s Hells Kitchen and Carbone, thee “Carbone” of 181 Thompson Street in Greenwich Village … As of this moment, Saturday March 30, 2013 thee # 1 Hottest Restaurant in Town, the restaurant of-the-moment and the one who is making all kind of noise in the Press, on the Internet and other media outlets is the Carbone on Thompson Street in the old “Rocco’s Restaurant Space” in Greenwich Village, which that right there has caused quite a lot of commotion. The fat that the so-called Torrisi Boys took over the old and beloved Old-School New York Italian Red-Sauce Joint “Rocco’s” has caused quite a stir.

For those of you who might not know, “The Torrisi Boys” are the team of Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznich, with Zalaznick the so-called “Money Man” and Carbone and Torrisi the Restaurant Guys and Chefs. This team exploded onto the scene about three years ago with their first place Torrisi Italian Specialties on Mulberry Street. The Guys had a great idea and concept. Torrisi Italian Specialties was a small place that barely sat about 30 people, I beleive. It was operated as a sort-of Italian-Deli during the day, selling mostly; Chicken Parm Sandwiches, Meatball Parms, and there famous Fresh Roast Turkey Sandwiches and other sandwiches, along with a couple soups and a few pastas. In the evening the place operated as a restaurant with one option a Five-Course Set Menu for $55 … Both the lunch (daytime) and Dinner as the 5 Course Meal were excellent. Torrisi Italian Specialties quickly became a immediate and huge success as well as the two Co/Chef Owners Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi became huge as Chef Personalities and media-darlings. Yes Torrisi was a great success and it was less than a year and a half when this team opened a second place next door, called “Parm” which served at both lunch and dinner the kind of food the original Torrisi Italian Specialties served just for lunch, Italian and Italian-American Classic, with a Chinese Ribs thrown in as a a quirky special. Once the opened the 2nd place Parm next door, they turned their first place Torrisi Italian Specialties into set menu dinner only restaurant with no more Lunch Time Italian Deli, that was Parm next door.

OK, move forward a couple years. The much loved Red-Sauce Classic Rocco’s Restorante on Thompson Street is losing their lease. The landlord as in so many sad New York “Greedy Lanlord” stories jacks-up Rocco’s Rent to a point where they can not afford to stay in business. Rocco’s had been doing good business, but not gang-busters and not enough to support the huge rent increase, they lose their lease. In move The Torrisi Boys, Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick. They sign a lease, and plan on opening what they call a 1950’s Downtown New York Old School Italian Restaurant. They renovate the old Rocco’s leaving the great old neon sign and superimposing in Neon Letters “Carbone,” some locals, any of whom are hard-core old-school Italians from the neighborhood “Don’t Like It.” There’s much action and talk on the internet on food and restaurant sites like, Grub Street, Eater, Chowhound and such. The talk on Carbone is both positive and negative.

Carbone opens to much fanfare in mid March 2013 to mixed reviews and comments on Eater, Chowhound and such. Carbone becomes the hottest ticket in town restaurant-wise. Many want to eat there and check it out. Tables are hard to come by, now the confusion. It seems as though “Carbone” is not the only Carbone in town? There’s another one, and it’s in midtown on 38th Street in Hells Kitchen, New York. It’s own by an Italain from Italy, who has never head of Mario Carbone the Chef/Owner who the Greenwich Village restaurant Carbone is named after. Some people trying to get reservations and don’t know any better, go on Open Table or call up the Hells Kitchen Carbone and get a reservation, “No Problem.” But they get a reservation for a table at the wrong Carbone, not the one they were intending. Even the famed long time New York City restaurant critic Gael Greene made this mistake. So what’s a person to do?

 

 

GAEL GREEN MAKES A MISTAKE at CARBONE

 

GAEL GREENE’S TWITTER TWEET  @GaelGreene

Spent 20 minutes at wrong Carbone lasngt.Finally grumpy owner there gave me address of THE Essential new Carbone, Missed seeing TonyBennett.

 

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38th STREET HELL’S KITCHEN “CARBONE”

IT’S EASY TO GET A TABLE AT CARBONE !!!