Friday, September 28, 2018

Carbone and Remembering Rocco s



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CARBONE

Over The Old ROCCO RESTAURANT SIGN

GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK




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Old ROCCO RESTAURANT

Now CARBONE

Thompson Street
Noel, Barbara, and Danny Eat Out

At the Favorite OLD-SCHOOL ITALIAN RED SAUCE JOINT
Barabra gives her Review of ROCCO'S

She just Loved it.



 


ROCCO RESTAURANT SIGN

When ROCCO'S was ROCCO'S







SUNDAY SAUCE

Learn How to Make All

The GREAYTOLD SCHOOL ITALIAN DISHES

Once Served at ROCCO'S and Many Old Joints Like It

MANY, Like RCOO'S are Now Sadly Gone


BAKED CLAMS

CHICKEN PARM

SPAGHETTI MEATBALLS

SUNDAY SAUCE

BRACIOLE

and More ...





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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Celebrities Eating NewYork Hot Dogs



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The BAMBINO

BABE RUTH CHOMPS on a HOT DOG





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MARILYN MONROE Eating a HOT DOG in NEW YORK

at UNION SQUARE






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The Late Great

FRANK SINATRA

Back Stage in NEW YORK



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JFK

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENEDY

Eating a HOT DOG at a BASEBALL GAME


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PRESIDENT OBAMA

at The Local HOTDOG JOINT




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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON Eating a HOT DOG

No More Though




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NOT YET President DONALD TRUMP Eating a HOT DOG

He JUST LOVES His FAST FOOD

BOY THOSE PRESIDENTS LOVE THEIR HOT DOGS ???


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ELVIS EATS

Not a HOT DOG

But a PEANUBUTTER FRIED BANANA SANDWICH





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The BADASS COOKBOOK

SECRET RECIPES

BURGERS, CHILI DOGS, TACOS and ???



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FIDEL Eats a HOT DOG



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RIPPERS are DEEP FRIED HOT DOGS 

at RUTTS HUT in NEW JERSEY

WORLDS BEST HOT DOGS





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LEARN HOW to MAKE The DUDES COWBOY CHILI
to MAKE Awesome CHILI DOGS, TACOS, and More ...


In GOT ANY KAHLUA ?

 aka The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

by DANIEL ZWICKE



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Dirty Water Dogs ???

ICONIC HOT DOG CART 

in NEW YORK



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HOT DOG GUYS
at RUTT'S HUT "HOME of The WORLDS BEST HOT DOG"
RIPPERS




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WORLDS BEST HOT DOG

at RUTT'S HUT, Clifton NEW JERSEY






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Coffee Art
of Iconic Greek Coffee Cup

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MARLON BRANDO


BRANDO Drinks COFFEE







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THE DUDE ABIDES



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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

DBZ is Back at Greenwich Village Italian and ...

MePiazzaPopoloROME

Me in ROME

2018

 

Hey Guys, "I'm Back!" Somehow I lost my password for my Dashboard that I run sever websites from, including Daniel-Bellino-Zwicke.com (this Site),  Big-Lebowski-Cookbook.com , Greenwich-Village-Italian.com , Vinyl-n-Vines.com ,  and NY-Foodie.com.

None of the Sites were down. They were all up and running, it's just that I couldn't get to the dashboard of each to make Post, so consequently there have't been any posts on any of these sites for 3 months. I started a couple of New Sites in order to make posts, as I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to get back on the sites, so I have another Author Website for myself at Daniel-Bellino-Zwicke . 

I also started a new site for Positano , and The Amalfi Coast . Please stay tuned, I will start posting again on all these sites.

Thanks,

Daniel

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pizza Night in Jersey

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Pizza Town
Route 46 , Garfield , New Jersey
 
"The First Place I ever had a Calzone!"
 
 
 
  My first memories of PIZZA were from Bella Pizza in East Rutherford, New Jersey. I was a young boy and this Pizzeria just opened on Park Avenue. It was a standard Pizzeria like many others found all over the New York-New Jersey metro area, serving solid pizza just the way the locals like it. The pizza was of a high standard as all the pizza must be if you’re going to make and sell Pizza in the heavily Italian-Populated New York and New Jersey areas. A large pie which you just ordered as a Pizza, the one that is known as Pizza Margherita in Italy is made of the pizza dough topped with tomato sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. Basta!    The Pizza in America are much larger than those made in Italy and are cut into 8 triangular slices and are enough for 2 or 3 people to eat, or even four if you’re not that hungry or sharing a Pizza just as a snack in-between meals. I can still remember the price of the pizza at Bella Pizza in East Rutherford back in the 60s a whole pie cost just $1.50 and a slice was .20 cents. So if you wanted what they call in Napoli and all over Italy the Pizza Margherita, you just simply ordered a Pizza, or a Cheese Pie, or simply a Pie, meaning it was with Tomato, Mozzarella , and Basil and no other toppings. And if you wanted extra toppings, you just say a Pepperoni Pie, or half mushroom half pepperoni, or a Sausage Pie or whatever. That’s the way it was and more or less still is with ordering Pizza at your standard pizzeria. Nowadays most pizza cost between $2.25 and $2.75 a slice and about $16.00 to $20 and even more for a whole plain pie.    Anyway, as most kids did and do, we loved eating pizza, and on most Friday nights it was Pizza Night for many families in Jersey. Mom didn’t want to cook that night, the kids loved getting pizza and looked forward to it as a special treat on Friday nights, as we knew it as Pizza Night and we just loved it. We’d have pizza, Coca-Cola and some sort of sweets, a cake or Ice Cream for desserts after we ate our Pizza. Yes Friday Night Pizza was always a much loved treat as a child growing up in Jersey in the 1960s and 70s. We’d listen to WABC Radio and Top 20 Hits, R&B, and Rock-N-Roll and all was fine in the World, we had all that we needed. How I miss those sweet days of youth and a simpler time than today. Back then you had everything you needed in life. We had Radio and TV and we still do today. We had Cars that were beautiful unlike some of the ugly ones of today. We had the Telephone, no cel phones or internet, we didn’t need them. We all had a Football, a Basketball, a Baseball Bat, Baseball, and Glove to play Baseball, Basketball, and Football as all healthy American boys did back then. We didn’t have Video Games but we had Aurora Racing Car sets, maybe Electric Trains, and wonderful Board Games like; Monopoly, Candyland, Chess, Checkers, Stratego, and Battle Ship. And one of the most wonderful things we had back then in the 60s & 70s was great music unlike the Crap they call music today, we had Great Top 100 Hits, wonderful R&B sounds of Motown and The Philly Sound, we had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Rock-N-Roll, what do the kids have for music today? Sadly, just Crap Rap and the other garbage they think is music. Yes it’s quite sad what has happened to music in the past 20 years. But yes we had everything we needed; Radio, TV, cars, a stereo, Sports, great music to listen to, and Pizza, we always had Pizza, we still do.    Well sorry, I got off topic, but it’s all part of the story you see. In Italy when it comes to Pizza it’s a bit different than the way Pizza is done in America. Pizza was born in Napoli where it is revered into a high religion and is to made just so. The Pizza is much smaller and is made for one and they do not make slices unless you are in Rome or other parts of Italy where they make Pizza that is made in large pans ahead of time and then cut into squares and heated up when a customer orders some. That’s Pizza Taglio, and most Pizza made in Italy is Neapolitan Pizza that is made to order. As we’ve said they are individual sized (about 12” round) for one person and made to order and are cooked in hot wood burning ovens to strict standardized specifications. A Pizza Margherita made in the true Neapolitan fashion is made with fresh tomato puree, olive oil, salt, fresh garlic, basil, and mozzarella placed on top, then the pizza cooks in the hot wood burning oven, and is ready in just about 4-5 minutes. Pizza Margherita was created by Raffaella Esposito in 1889 where he was working at Pizzeria di Pietro. He made the Pizza and named it in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy who was visiting Naples (Napoli) at the time. American Pizza on the other hand is made with a cooked sauce and we tend to put more sauce and cheese than they do in Italy .    Now, my own experience eating Pizza in Italy. Well the first pizza I first had in Italy was Pizza Taglio (pan Pizza) and not the Classic Neapolitan Pizza, which is by far the dominant pizza in all Italy, and though there is Pizza Taglio which is sold in square slices, it’s a mere fraction as far as its presence goes, which is just about 1% of all Pizza consumed in Italy is Pizza Taglio, the rest being classic Neapolitan. Anyway, there’s very good pizzeria that makes Pan Pizza close to the train station in Rome. Like other pizzerias that make Pizza Taglio in Italy, there’s an array of different pizzas with different toppings that are already made and are laid out before you. You choose which type of pizza you’d like, tell them the size you want, they cut it and weight it to determine the price by weigh. Yes the pizza is a bit different in America, but it’s dammed good, and America makes the world’s best pizza outside of Italy. And as far as Pizza goes in America, everyone knows that the best Pizza in the country is made in New York, and especially in Brooklyn with great shrines to Pizza in the form of; Tottono’s in Coney Island, Grimaldi’s, and DiFara Pizza by Pizza Maestro Dom DeMarco. Then you’ve got John’s on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and the first Pizzeria ever to exist in the United States Lombardi’s on Prince Street, established in 1905.    Anyway, enough with the technicalities of Pizza, sometimes things are analyzed too much, just eat it and enjoy. We loved eating Pizza on Pizza Night or any time of the week when we were lucky enough to get it. And there is one particular time that I always remember. We went on a trip with our local church to the big beautiful Riverside Cathedral in New York one time, and it was a very special trip. When we came home, the Priest and other church officials made a little Pizza Party for us in the church basement. They ordered a bunch of Pizzas for all the kids (Grownups too) and it was a very special thing for us, as pizza always was and even so to this day. Yes there’s nothing like when you’re a child and they have a Pizza Party for you, we just loved it. And so these are my memories of Pizza.   Excerpted From "MANGIA ITALIANO" Memories of Italian Food        by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
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Typical Large Pie for PIZZA NIGHT in The 60s
 
 
 
 
Read about PIZZA NIGHT , CANNOLIS, PROVOLONE, MEATBALLS, 
Growing Up Italian in America, Italian Food, Italy, and more, 
in best selling author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke's 
latest book, Mangia Italiano - Memories of Italian Food.
 
 
     
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MANGIA ITALIANO !
 
The Latest From Daniel Bellino "Z"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Feast Seven Fish Italian Christmas Cookbook Recipes






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Sonny "  "What the Hell is this?" !!!!


Clemenza :   "It's a Siciian Message ... It means Luca Brasi swims with the Fish"




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SONNY CORLEONE Gets a SICILIAN MESSAGE
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A SICILIAN MESSAGE

"LUCA BRASI SWIMS With The FISH"




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The GODFATHER by SICILIAN-AMERICAN Writeer MARIO PUZO
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Learn How to Make The FEAST of 7 FISH
For CHRISTMAS This YEAR !

"EVERYTHING You Ever Wanted to Know About The FEAST of The 7 FISHES  but was AFRAID to Ask"


"ISN'T IT TIME YOU MADE IT" ????







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The BEST BURGER in Town is The CHEESEBURGER 4 Charles Prime

 



The AMERICAN CHEESEBURGER

4 CHARLES PRIME



 


With Cousin Joe Macari

4 Charles Prime

4 Charles Street

GREENWICH VILLAGE





   
NEGRONI 's
At  4 CHARLES PRIME
NEW YORK NY
Recipe How to Make a Proper NEGRONI
In SUNDAY SAUCE
 


One of Our 7 CHEESEBURGERS

     "We also had; Oysters , SHRIMP COCKTAIL, 

PRIME RIB of BEEF,  
                                                            
 Mashed Potaoes, Fries, and Dessert

4 CHARLES PRIME

Greenwich Village



 


The GRAND FINALE

DESSERT at CHARLES PRIME




 




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The Cutting of The BURGER

4 CHARLES PRIME




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Cousin Tommy Macari

CHARLES PRIME

September  17, 2018



 


MANGIA ITALIANO

MEMORIES of ITALIAN FOOD








A NIGHT at 4 CHARLES PRIME

GREENWICH VILLAGE 

NEW YORK




RECIPE  HOW to COOK The Perfect STEAK

SECRET RECIPE FRIED CHICKEN

PRIZE WINNING CHILI

and More ..





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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Chet Baker Jazz Chicken Dinner



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Came up with a new one the other night. It was at one of our dinners that we have a couple time a month, when we cook, drink wine, and listen to some great music on Vinyl .. Vinyl Records that is, and some great music, not like any of the crap they make today, but great artist of the 20th Century like; Frank Sinatra , Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Albert King, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and greats like Chet Baker. What's that? You never heard of Chet Baker? You're forgiven, many have not.

Chet Baker was one of the 20th Cenury's greatest and most unique Jazz Artist. He played Trumpet and had a positively unique singing style that was Super Cool and all his own. Baker played with Jazz Greats Charlie Parker and Jerry Mulligan before forming his own band and going out on his own in 1953, when he recorded and released Chet Baker Sings ...
Chet Bakers most famous recordings are; My Funny Valentine and Let's Get Lost ...

OK, back to the Chicken and Chet Dinner ...  So my friends and I were having one of our little dinner parties at Chris's place on Thompson Street (Greenwich Village) .. As we usually do, we decide what we were going to eat, we buy the food, get some wine and cook dinner. As always the elements of our little dinner parties are; the food, some very good wine, and lots of great music, some on vinyl, some on CDs ... No matter what we make, we usually always have some nice cheese to start the meal with. We decide on some music, and crack open our first bottle of wine. This night, Chris had already decided on chicken, which we all agreed would be great. He made some buttered carrots and Couscous to accompany the Chicken. Chris picked up a nice bottle of Au Bon Climant Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara that was quite nice, and I brought a bottle of Fausto Maculans Brentino ...

Chris was cooking the chicken, and we were listening to Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, and Pete Towsend's Raibow Concert LP .. A great album that's a bit obscure, but can you imagine, Clapton, Pete twonsend and Ron Wood all playing together? Friggin amazing. I myself had never heard of this concert and live recording album until Chris turned me on to it. It's awesome. Chris had some Zeppelin playing when we sat down to dinner, and I told him we had to tone the music down while eating. Like most civilized people I can't listen to loud music when eating so I requested a slow down. Chris asked what I wanted? He had been playing some Chet Baker when I arrived at his apartment, so I said I could go for some more Chet. He obliged.
The chicken was quite tasty, the wine was flowing and Chet sounded just fine. 

The next day I sent Chris a Text thanking him for the CHICKEN and CHET , and so it's been coined. Everytime we have a Chicken Dinner now, we must also have some Chet, Chicken and Chet, it's our latest thing .. A dinner theme to add to our already famous Chianti Rolling Stones and Newport Steaks (dinner), as well Pork Chops Vino and Soul ... 

Oh and by the way, dessert is always Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and all is well with; Chianti Steak or Chicken, The Rollign Stones and Rock N Roll, R&B, Chet Baker and Peanut Butter Cups .. What more could one ever ask for?





by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke








CHICKEN
&  
CHET






Chet Baker

JAZZ

TRUMPET


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CHICKEN DINNER RECIPE




The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK









CHET BAKER


LET'S GET LOST



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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sunday Sauce Italian Gravy

 
SIMMERING The GRAVY
 
Or is It SAUCE ???
 
 
 
This is a Great Debate, and there is really No Right or Wrong, either term is correct, it all depends what geographic location that yoru family is from in America or the Old Country of Italia. Whether your family is from Napoli, Sicily, Calabria, or live in New York, Chicago, Boston, or Philly, the most important thing of all is not what you call it, Sauce or Gravy, but how the product taste, it has to be beyond good. 
 
Amother factor that varies, is what you and your family put into your Sauce. The most popular is a Sauce (Gravy) made with Sauasge, Meatballs, and Braciole (Braciola). Some families, like mine love to put Ribs in their Sauce, some put Pig Skin Braciole, some Lamb or Pork Neck, and some families even put chicken into their Gravy, which I myself do every now and then, especially if the local grocerry store has Chicken Thighs on sale. And speaking of sales, we always stock up on Maccheroni (Pasta) and Tomatoes whenever they are on sale as well.
 
For recipes on How to Make SUNDAY SAUCE  alla CLEMENZA from the Francis Ford Coppola  film The Godfather , how to make Dolly Sinatra Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce, the Bellino Family Sunday Sauce, and Mamma DiMaggio's Sunday Gravy, get a copy of  Daniel Bellino "Z" s SUNDAY SAUCE , When Italian-Americans Cook.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday Gravy
 
Another Family Recipe
RECIPES for SUNDAY SAUCE
 
aka GRAVY
 
alla CLEMENZA
 
alla SINATRA
 
alla BELLINO
 
alla DiMAGGIO
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