Friday, September 30, 2022

Remembering Bar Cichetti NYC

 



Chef Daniel Bellino Zwicke

with Cameron Diaz

At BAR CICHETTI

GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK




Daniel Bellino Zwicke was the Crator of BAR CICHETTI along with partner Tom Taraci.

Daniel is the Best Selling Author of several Italian Cookbooks and Travel Guides



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Me My Chinese Duck and NOODLETOWN

 




NOODLETOWN

NEW YORK



I started goign to Noodletown on The Bowery, way back in 1983, a good 14 years before Mario Batali ever dreamnt of the place, I was there eating Roast Duck over white rice, and my favorite thaing on the menu, the amazing Shrimp Wonton Soup. I was sort of an expert on eating in New York Chinatown, knowing all the best place, and what to eat. My favorites were The Double Hey Rice Shop on Mott Street, Sun Say Gai Rice Shop on the corner of Baxter and Canal, and a few other places in the neighborhood.

My ex-girlfirend Genie's Uncle Suwat taught me what I knew. He was the real expert. He was born in Bangkok Thailand, and je knew the Royal Family of Thailand. He moved to New York and opened an antique shop on West 10th Street in Greenwich Village. Suwat knew all the good places to go, and he gave me an education. I used to work at John's Italian Restaurant on East 12th Street in the East Village. Suwat and Genie would meet me after work, and we'd go down to Chinatown for some good eats, 

At Double Hey, we'd eat Fried Butter Fish, Roast Duck, BBQed Pig, Soy Sauce Chciken and all sorts of tasty Chinese Food. And so I was hooked. I really fell in Love with Chinese Roast Duck, and ate it 6 to 8 times a month. Back in the 80s when I lived in the East Village, I'd eat in Chinatown at least 2 times a week. The food was amazing, and so cheap, it was absolutley amazing. For years, Roast Duck over Rice, cost just $4.50 a plate. Even to this day, it's just $6.50 a plate. Barbecued Pig, Roast Pork, Soy Sauce Chicken, or Roast Duck, all cot the same amount, $4.50, or you could pick two of those items on a plate with rice for the same amount. You could get half Duck and jalf Pork with rice for just $4.50, and if you wanted 3 items, you told the waiter which three you wanted and it was jist 1 dollar more.

I also loved  Roast Duck & Wonton Soup, which was a big bowl filled with chicken broth, Roast Duck, and Pork Wontons, all for juts $4.50 (now about $6.50). I loved it. Noodtown which I discovered on my own, was what is known as a Rice Shop, and they had all these dishes too, but I discovered their amazing Shrimo Wonton Soup in 1983 and I was hooked. It was amazing. I loved it, and still do. When I went to Noodletown, aka Great NY Noodletown, I always got the Shrimp Wonton Soup, and maybe Roast Duckm or antother item. But whenever in Noodletown, I always had a bowl of that tasty soup, that no other place could make quite as good as Noodletown.





SHRIMP WONTON SOUP

NOODLETOWN



People always talk about Mario Batali and how he discovered Noodltown and told all the other chefs about it, like he was the first chef  (or cook) to discover the place and turn all the other people in the indsutry (restaurant business) about it. "Not" ! I was eating in Noodletown a full 14 years before Noodletown was ever a thought in Mr. Batali's mind. And I was a Chef too. Being in the restaurant business since I was a teenager, first as a busboy, then waiter, going to Culinary School, cooking, then I became a Sous Chef and finally Chef at Corado Restaurant and Bar Cichetti, before wising up, getting out of the kitchen and becomming a Sommelier, and one of the Top Italian Wine Guys in New York, along with Charlie Shiccilone, and Renzo Raspiacoli.

Yes I dsicovered and was eating Noodles, Pork, and Duck 14 years before Noodletown was a glimmer in the great Mario Batali's eye. 

I ate all over Chinatown, Chinese Food, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Camodian, starting in 1982. Well I ate there when I was a kid, long before the 80s, but it was in the 80s when I really started getting seriously into it, and it became a wonderful obsession.

My ex-girlfriend Dante used to eat at Nahn Thrang Vietnamese Restaurant every Sunday, and I ate too many bowls of Pho to count, long before the Pho crave that started a good 15 years after my first bowl. And the Pho back then, yep just $4.50 for a huge bowl. "Ah the Good ol Days"? Now the younger generation are opening restuarants, and charging a lot more for the food. Not happy about that, but there's still a few more reasonable places around, though little by little they disappear. Again, the good ol days. Wish we could bring them back. Anyway, I'm oh so glad that Noodlewon is back, and good as ever. Amen.




 Daniel Bellino Zwicke








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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth Has Died RIP




Queen Elizabeth II

April 21st 1926  -  September 8th 2022

RIP

 




QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Queen Elizabeth has Died

RIP

QW II has Passed Away

September 8th 2022

"GOD SAVE The QUEEN"

Queen Elizabeth II April 21, 1926  -  September 8, 2022




Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died at the age of 96.

Prince Charles, 73, heir to the throne since the age of three, is now king, and the Duchess of Cornwall is now Queen Consort.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Flags on landmark buildings in Britainwere being lowered to as a period of official mourning was announced.

As Queen of the UK and 14 other realms, and head of the 54-nation Commonwealth, Elizabeth II was easily the world’s most recognisable head of state during an extraordinarily long reign.





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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

How to Make SICILIAN EGGPLANT CAPONATA - Recipe

 



CAPNONATA


Caponata is a Sicilian dish consisting of chopped fried aubergine and other vegetables, seasoned with olive oil, tomato sauce, celery, olives, and capers, in an agrodolce sauce. Numerous local variants exist concerning the ingredients, by adding carrots, bell peppers, potatoes, pine nuts, and raisins.





RECIPE:


Ingredients :

2 large Eggplants, washed and cut into ¾” cubes

½ cup olive oil

2 medium Onions, cut into ¼” dice

1 small Red Pepper and 1 Yellow Pepper

Cut into ½” dice

2 Celery stalks, ¼” dice

¼ raisons, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

1 ½ cups Tomato Sauce

6 tablespoons sugar

6 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

2 teaspoons Salt

3 teaspoons black pepper

3 tablespoons of Capers


Preparation :

Sauté the peppers in a large pot with ½ of the olive oil for 10 minutes.

Add the onions and sauté over low heat for 15 minutes.

Add the celery and tomato sauce and continue simmering. 

While the other ingredients are simmering, brown the Eggplant 

in several batches in a large frying pan with remaining olive oil. 

Add the browned Eggplant, sugar, and vinegar to the pot and simmer for

12 minutes over very low heat. 

Cool and serve on its own, as a topping for Crostini, as part of an Antipasto

Misto.






RECIPES From MY SICILIAN NONNA

DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE






Monday, August 29, 2022

Fire at PJ Clarkes New York NYC

 




PJ CLARKE'S

NEW YORK

by Bellino





NEW YORK - August 28, 2022  "Fire at PJ Clarke's "


Yes there was a fire at PJ Clarke's, the famed Old New York Bar and eatery on 3rd Avenue at East 55th Street.

The good news is that nonone was hurt, and there was very little damage. If PJ Clarke's had burned down, this would have been very devestating news for those of us who truly love this wonderfule Old New York Institution, and would be crushed if it was gone, and we'd be unable to go there any longer.

Though PL Clarke's has lost much of its charm in the past few years, when many more people than is usual have discover the place, and it has become overly crowded, in comparison to years past, when yoy would go in the back room, and it was not overly packed with way too many people. It was much more enjoyable.  Anyway, Thank God it is still there, we can see it, and go there, hopefully when it is not overly crowded, in which case the great vibe of the place is ruined, ever since the actor Timothy Hutton became a partner. My advice, is not to go for dinner when it gets way too crowded for comfort. Go for lunch, and sit in the back room, order a Burger and your beverage of choice, and relax.

Note :  Yes PJ Clarke's was the late great Frank Sinatra's favorite bar. Whenever in New York Frank would stop in. The great songwriter Johnny Mercer was a frequent patron of the establishment, and even wrote a song of which PJ Clarke's is the inspiration and setting of the song. The son is One For My Baby, and is one of Frank Sinatra's all-time greates saloon songs, as Frank woulds say, "Est em up Joe."

Jackie Kennedy was a fan of PJ Clarke's and often brought her two children Joh F. Kennedy Jr., and Caroline Kennedy there for the famosu PJ Clarke Burgers. Yes, many celebrites have eaten at PJ Clarke's pver the years, including the great singer Nat King Cole who called the burger at PJ Clarke's, "The Caddillac of Burgers."


Basta! 


Daniel Bellino Zwicke









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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Top 10 Favorite ITALIAN DISHES NY Recipes

 



The TOP 25 MOST POPULAR ITALIAN FOOD DISHES

In AMERICA



# 1



PIZZA 

PIZZA is # 1

MOST POPULAR ITALIAN FOOD in AMERICA



# 2



SPAGHETTI w/ TOMATO SAUCE is # 2

Or as they say in ITALY  "SPAGHETTI POMODORO"



# 3



SPAGHETTI with MEATBALLS is # 3

And Yes It is ITALIAN

And despite what some may Say "They Do EAT it in ITALY"

BASTA !!!

RECIPE  "Dolly Sinatra's SPAGHETTI MEATBALLS"




# 4



LASAGNA is # 4

Whether Like The LASAGNA BOLOGNESE in Picture Above

LASAGNA CARNEVALE From NAPOLI Below





Or CLASSIC MEATLESS LASAGNA with RICOTTA

MOZZARELLA  & TOMATO SAUCE

"AMERICAN'S LOVE THEIR LASAGNA"




# 5



SUNDAY SAUCE is # 5

"Some Call It GRAVY"

EVERYONE JUST LOVES IT

With MEATBALLS BRACIOLE SAUSAGES and Whatever Your NONNA Likes

BEST SUNDAY SAUCE RECIPE EVER !!!



# 6




FRIED CALAMARI is # 6





# 7



CHICKEN PARM is # 7

aka CHICKEN PARMIGIANA





# 8



CANNOLIS   # 8




# 9



ITALIAN COMBO  #  9

aka SUBMARINE SANDWICH



#  10




GABAGOOL !!!  # 10

aka CAPICOLLA

For ANTIPASTI & SANDWICHES

REAL ITALIANS LOVE IT !!!





TO BE CONTINUED  ....







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RECIPES FOR ALL of THE MOST POPULAR

ITALIAN FOOD DISHES


























Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

How to Make Chicken Parm Recipe

 




CHICKEN PARM








GIANNI MAKES CHICKEN PARM

With BREADED FRIED CHICKEN CUTLETS








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