"Yes the Breakfast was amazing and trully the best of my life. How can it not be, look where I was sitting." Perched hi atop the town of Minori on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, "My God!" I had the most beautiful view imagineable on the terrazzo at Villa Maria Agroturismo looking down on the lovely seaside town of Minori with Ravello higher up the mountian and to the right. My breakfast, The BEst in The World. Well the best breakfast I've ever had; nice hot Coffee, Amalfi Lemon Cake, fresh Sfogliatelle, fresh fruit, toast and 10 different Homemade Jams made my Vincenzo and Maria with fruit from there farm. What could be better? Not much I tell you!
The World's Best Breakfast? Yes, well maybe. Or maybe not, but for me, the best breakfast I've ever had in my life. I came across Villa Maria Agroturismo when I was watching vidoes of Sicily and The Amalfi Coast onYoutube one night. I was getting ready to go on my trip and I was just looking for inspritation and a way to psych myself for my upcomong vacation. I just happened upon this video made by David Rocco. David Rocco is a Celebrity Chef from Toronto and he had done a series of food & wine videos on Italy. This particular one that I came across was about this wonderful little agroturismo Lemon Grove Farm in Minaori Italy on The Amalfi Coast called Villa Maria Agroturismo. Well I loved the video and fell in love with this place and the people who run it, husband and wife team Vincenzo & Maria. Vincenzo tends to his farm which is mainly a wonderful Lemon farm, but Vincenzo also has a good number of Olive Trees to make olive oil, he has grapevines from which he gets grapes to make a wonderful red wine and a white as well, he grows all sorts of fruits and vegetables, he has chickens for eggs and meat, as well as pigs so he can make his own homemade Salami and Prosciutto.
Yes Vincenzo takes care of the farm and he also runs his little inn agrosturismo that has 6 lovely little rooms way up in the mountain top of Minori. They also have a nice little restauarnt that you eat, yes the world's best breakfast and a marvelous 4 Course Dinner every night made my Maria with all the food made from products from their farm; Salami, Wine, Olive Oil, fruits and vegetables, Pork Chops, Frittata (eggs) etc.. You'll not get a better meal anywhere, I promise you.
View of Minori
From VILLA MARIA
Lemon Grove, V illa Maria Agroturismo Minori Italy
Pacceri Frutta di Mare .. My Lunch Vilal Maria, the day I arrived ...
Best Selling Cookbook author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke has some things in common with the late-great Francis Albert Sinatra and famed Mafia Kingpin Charles "Lucky" Lucciano ... What? Their families all hail from the town Lercara Friddi, Sicily in the Provence of Palermo in Italy ... Lucciano was born there in 1897 and immigrated with his parents in 1907 to New York and the United States. Sinatra's father Martino Sinatra was born in there in 1892 and his parents immigrated to New York in 1903 ... Bellino's maternal grandparents Josephina and Philipo Bellino were born in Lercara Friddi and immigrated to the United States to New York City in 1904, and later settled in the Italian Conclave of Lodi, New Jersey where Daniel's grandfather set up a Shoemaker shop on Main Street ... Take note that Sinatra's grandfather was also a shoemaker in Lercara Friddi, and it is certain the these two grandfathers must have known each other in the small Sicilian town.
More on LERCARA FRIDDI
Lercara Friddi is a commune (municipality) in the Province of Palermo in the Italian region Sicily , located about 45 kilometers (28 mi) southeast of Palermo .Founded in 1595 by local feudataries, it is on the slopes of Madore Hill, between the valleys of Fiumetorto and Platani rivers. In the past it was an important mining center, the only one in the province of Palermo where sulfur was excavated.On December 25, 1893, eleven people were killed in the massacre Lercara Friddi During The Fasci Siciliani uprising after a rally of peasants and sulfur miners That asked for the abolition of taxes and better working conditions.
Based on Sicilian Recipes from Daniel's Maternal Nonna Giuseppina Bellino ..
The Recipes are mostly Sicilian as well as Neapolitan dishes from Giuseppina's friends who hailed from Napoli, Salerno, and the surrounding cities and towns of Naples.
RECIPES : ARANCINI (Sicilian Rice Balls), CAPONATA, STUFFED ARTICHOKES, BRACIOLA, ZUPPA LENTICHE (Lentil Soup) SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS, PASTA LENTICHE, and More ....
CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO
Charles "Lucky" Luciano, born Salvatore Lucania November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962) was an Italian-American mobster and Crime Boss. Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for the establishment of the first Commission. He was the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family. He was, along with his associates instrumental in the development of the National Crime Syndicate in the United States.Luciano was tried and successfully convicted for compulsory prostitution in 1936 after years of investigation by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. Luciano was given a thirty-year prison sentence, but was allowed to live his life freely outside the United States when he struck a deal with the government during World War II while still imprisoned.
When Italian-Americans Cook
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
SINATRA SUNDAY SAUCE
and More ...
Not famous, but he was born in LERCARA FRIDDI.
Filipo Immigrated to NEW YORK with his wife Giuseppina Salemi
Milano’s Bar, which opened in 1923, is the most successful of its predecessors. (Bars have been on the site since the 1880s.) Milano’s has been hailed—and no doubt, toasted—as being one of New York’s best old-school dive bars. Walking by the bar on the way home from a friend’s art opening one night, I spied this gentleman smoking a cigarette, looking classically old-school himself. Listening as I asked if I might take his picture, I handed him a small photo I happened to have on me showing a group of NYC police officers I had photographed a few months ago. He nodded, folded the photo twice, and put it in his pocket. Raymond grew up on Lower East Side. Having been drafted into the Vietnam War, he’s been a window washer ever since. He hates how rich people moved into the neighborhood, making all the rents skyrocket. Raymond was very forthright about an extremely uncomfortable situation with his mother-in-law. Suffice it to say that she is no longer his mother-in-law as he is no longer married. “Don’t get me wrong. She was a good-looking woman. But it was a no-win situation.” Apparently everyone always tells him he looks like Jerry Orbach, which drives him nuts. (Humorously, though, he was the one who brought it up to me.) Raymond said that Orbach was originally a song and dance man, that he played in “The Fantastiks” just down the road when he was starting out, and that he requested his eyes be donated when he died. Famous neighbors and happenings within a couple of city blocks of the bar): •Nikola Tesla’s first lab •Harry Connick Jr. • David Bowie (who, it sadly happened, died on the night that this photo was taken) •LL Cool J •Jean-Michel Basquiat •Pivotal baptism scene from “The Godfather” in Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, starring Al Pacino as Michael Corleone •"The Godfather III” scene featuring Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa, a Cadillac, and the Virgin Mary Signs.
At BLUE and GOLD
BLUE and GOLD BAR ... 79 East 7th Street, East Village, NY NY
Everybody's favorite East Village dive pulls in a regular crowd of college kids, bikers, local senior citizens and random eccentrics—like the long-haired guy whose only sound is a high-pitched shriek. Mixed drinks run for as little as four dollars, but that means the pretty Ukrainian owner will have to head to the fridge in the back room for juice, and you might be out of luck with ice. Stay long enough to play pool on the ratty table and mine the juke's selection of hits from the '60s to the '80s. But if at all possible, use the bathroom elsewhere—don't say we didn't warn you. — Kenneth H. HymanExtraIn addition to black-and-white photographs documenting the bar's history, Blue & Gold's walls are decorated with fading pictures of European men blowing long Alphorns.
The POOL TABLE at BLUE and GOLD
BLUE and GOLD
"Hasn't lost any of its former Dive Bar Charm with the Name Change."
LUCY'S 135 Avenue A ... East Village, NY NY "Still a Classic East Village Dive Bar."
If this East Village mainstay looks like a film-worthy drown-your-sorrows dive, right down to the Miller Lite lamps illuminating the two pool tables, it might be because a few movies have been shot here. Their posters hang on the mahogany walls along with red fluorescent tube lights, round mirrors, porcelain knick knacks, and a Polish flag representing the eponymous owner's home country. Boufanted babushka Lucy has been working the bar ever since the late 70s when Lucy's was Blanche's was still on St. Mark's. Most nights she can still be found cuing up the jukebox and winking and grinning while she pours drinks heavy. The beer selection is larger than the cafeteria tables and the dropped panel ceilings would imply, and somehow the two well-worn pool tables in the back don't draw knuckleheads. (You can thank nearby Doc Holliday's for that.) Toward the end of the week, the place can get packed with weekend warriors drawn by the neon signs but the vibe remains amicable and the jukebox (of old new wave) is never too loud to prevent you from meeting a neighbor.
LUCY'S on Avenue A
The HORSESHOE BAR
Corner of East 7th Street and Avenue B in The EAST VILLAGE
"A CLASSIC EAST VILLAGE DIVE BAR, serving Cheap Drinks and $4 BEERS. It's refreshing in this day and age with ridiculously priced Cocktails at $16 $17 and up. In places like 7B , BLUE & GOLD BAR, and MILANO'S, you can still go and have 3 Beers with your friends and not have to spend a Small Fortune for the pleasure."