Thursday, June 20, 2019

Best Submarine Sandwiches in America





WHITE HOUSE

Home of Submarines


White House Subs, in Atlantic City, New Jersey makes the Best Subnarine Sandwiches in all of America, bar none, "I just Love them." Though sadly, I haven't had one in years, and I've been craving one of late. To sink my teeth into one of those Babys, "I'd just love it," and I'm thinking of making a trip all the way down from to New York to Atlantic City, just to get one. "That's how good they are. White House Subs are on some wonderful bread and stuffed with Boiled Ham, Genoa Salami (Not from Genoa but Philadelphia), Cappacolla, and Provolone Cheese and topped with tomato, onions, lettuce, salt, pepper, Vinegar & Oil. "The Combination is oh so delicious," and I miss it. Well, one of these days. Can one travel 100 miles just to get a Sub? Maybe?


Daniel Bellino Zwicke





.




LEARN HOW to MAKE a SUB

SECRET KFC FRIED CHICKEN

BADASS BURGERS

and BBQ SAUCE

The PERFECT STEAK

And AMERICA'S FAVORITE RECIPES

The BADASS COOKBOOK









Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Italian Bars of New York

DanteBAR

The BAR at DANTE

 

Dante Bar has 12 different varieties of Negronis that they offers from their well-stocked bar. In particular? Dante seeks to bring the European tradition of the aperitivo, a refreshing cocktail or glass of Prosecco or Italian Wine, enjoyed late afternoon, or early evening, all over Italy, and of late, the hottest thing to do in New York as well.

 

MontesTRATTORIAgreenwichVILLAGEny.png

Monte's Trattoria

Greenwich Village

Monte's has been around a long time. One-Hundred & One Years as a matter of fact. The restaurant opened in 1918 and has been owned & operated by 3 Italian Families in the restaurants 101 year (so far) history. Originally opened in 1918 by the Monteverdi family. The Monteverde family first opened a Wine & Liquor store on the site, and in 1918 opened the restaurant, it is said as the family had heard of the oncoming event of Prohibition and the 18th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which would prohibit and outlaw the sale and consumption of alcholic berverages. The Monteverde's took smart action and opened an Italian Restaurant in the highly concentrated Italian neighborhood of the southern part of Greenwich Village, and the rest Greenwich Village Italian New York history. The Rosasco family of Greenwich Village became the 2nd Italian family to own Monte's. 

In 1983 the Mosconi Family who came from Piacenza, Italy in Emilia Romagna, bought the restaurant in 1983, and have been running it ever since, and had a big 100 Year Anniversary Party in 2018, Celebrating the restaurants 100 Birthday. 

Monte's Trattoria is one of the few restaurants in New York that fits into the genre that New Yorker's know as an Old School New York Italian Restaurant of which there used to be many all over Manhattan, but now few remain, and Monte's Trattoria is one of them The restaurant is headed by Chef Pietro Mosconi with the help of his son Peter Mosconi who handles front of house operations, the business end of things and whatever else needs being done. This partnership works quite well, as Monte's many regulars will attest to, as the restaurant is World Famous, and not only has "Local Regulars," but regulars from all over America, and even the World.

Now most wouldn't think of Monte's as having one of the Best Bars in the city, or even Greenwich Village, but it does. And we mentioned the regulars? Well some of Monte's most loyal regulars are the folks who hang out at the bar, and not just to drink, but have what many know as one of the best places to get great Italian food in all of New York City, especially Chef Pietro's wonderful home-made pasta, like: Tortelloni, Agnolotti, Lasagna, Gnocchi, and both Meat and Cheese Ravioli.

Yes, the food is fine, as is the service, and ambience of the place, but, "weren't we talking about the bar?" Yes, lets' get back to the bar. It's one of those little known facts, by a few hundred (or thousands) of those in the know, and it's more or less those in-the-know, and those who merely serindipitously stumble upon the place by accident who truly know, the secret of the bar at Monte's. Yeah the regulars like; John B., Julio, Dr. Mike, and all the rest know that Tony The Bartender (and Peter Mosconi now & then) mix up one of the Best Old Fashion Cocktails in town, as well as perfect Negroni's (Superior to the more famous Dante Negroni), Killer Margarita's made with Grand Marnier, spot-on Martinis, Manhattans, and anything else your little heart may desire. Yes the barmen (Tony & Peter) really know their stuff, and take pride in what they do. So if you're looking for an Aperol Spritz or properly made Negroni, Monte's is the go to Italian-Bar in Greenwich Village New York.

MONTE'S TRATTORIA ... 97 Macdougal Street, GREENWICH VILLAGE ,  NY NY  

BabboBAR.png

The Bar at BABBO

GREENWICH VILLAGE

NEW YORK

 

Well, Mario is gone, and the place is  famous for its Italian Food. It used to be uber hard to get a reservation to procure a table there, but it's a lot easier, ever since the departure of Celebrity Chef Mario Batali (we'll not talk of his departure). Anyway, although Babbo may have lost a little of its luster, it's still a dam good place to eat, and has, along with Monte's Trattoria, one of the Best Italian Bars in Greenwich Village, New York. Yes, a great Italian Bar, and not just for its restaurant and food. What constitutes a great Italian Bar? Well first and foremost, the bartenders must be versed in the art of making a Negroni, as well as pulling a perfect Espresso Italian Coffee. You should know how to make a good Manhattan, and Martini's, as well as have a solid knowledge of Italian Wine which are served at the bar as well. Having a great personality is  required and of utmost importance. Now we don't want to knock the bartenders at Babbo, they are professional and courtesy, and make great Negroni's and other cocktails, but we have to say were lacking in having the personality that makes the Greatest of Bartenders, and a great Bar requires great bartenders, it's the # 1 element in the equation. Not the liquor, nor the ambiance, though very important, the single most important aspect of a Great Bar is a great bartender, who must have all the elements required; have a outstanding personality, mix great drinks, be friendly and efficient, "that's it." 

We found, on our rounds of the Italian Bars of Greenwich Village, our two favorite Italian Bartenders were Tony and Peter, both of Monte's. The bartenders at Dante were quite good as well, Bar Pisellino "Not So Much."

 

VolareNY.png

 

Someone once told me, that "going to Volare is like going to your favorite Aunt's house for dinner." That's assuming that your aunt (my Aunts Helen & Fran) is a great Italian cook. Everyone treats you like you were part of the family. That's the kind of place Ristorante Volare is. And it's an Old School this great city of ours is losing fast. Lucky for us, Volare still survives, and it survives very well "Thank You." Yes it's an old school "Red Sauce Joint," that serves all the New York Italian Red Sauce Classics, like Spaghetti & Meatballs, Baked Clams, Veal and Chicken Parmigiana just the way  you like it. Yes, you''ll be fed all your classic Italian dishes, and you'll be fed well. And if you're hankering for just a little cocktail or two, in cool old New York Italian joint, going to Volare will fit the bill quite well. Your not going to get any new style so-called Mixologist Cocktails at all. But if you're into the old classics, like a properly made Martini or Manhattan, then you've gone to the right place. And if you want a nice plate of Spaghetti with Clam Sauce or a  nice thick Italian Style Veal Chop, again, "you've come to the right place."

RISTORANTE VOLARE ....  147 West 3rd Street, GREENWICH VILLAGE, New York    

BarPesillino

Bar Pisellino

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Bar Pisellino has all the elements to make a great bar one day, and one of the best Italian Bars in Greenwich Village. As of now, they're not. Yes they have, if not all, then many elements to make it a great Greenwich Village Italian Bar. They make good Negroni's, and Aperol Spritz's, have a good selection of Amari (Amaro), and the place is well appointed, however it's missing quite a lot, the place just doesn't have a great vibe. When I first walked in and looked at the menu, I thought, "Wow," this place is great, but as I sat there looking a the menu, and then getting my drink, the place just didn't feel right. The vibe was not good, a combination of being quite contrived (not Organic), and because of this fact, drawing a crowd that just wasn't right, not cool, but a crowd filled with followers, the types of  people who only go to a place that's one of the hottest spots in town, and unable to find a truly cool unpretentious great restaurant or bar on their own. They have to read about it on Eater, Instgram, or wherever.

Anyway, Bar Pisellino has a lot of potential, and maybe after all the noise dies, the followers stop going there indroves, and the place starts filling with neighborhood people, along with well-healed tourists, and business people, the bar just might get a better vibe than it does now, which is, "not so good."

 

Johns12thSTREETbar

The BAR

JOHN'S of 12th STREET

  John's of 12th Street is not in Greenwich Village technically, but we've just got to include it in our Best Greenwich Village Italian Bars. John's is in the East Village, east of Greenwich Village, so, close enough. The fact that this place has been there on East 12th Street in New York, that it has all its original decor, including the 110 year old bar, and that the place was once a Speakeasy that saw that likes of one Charles "Lucky" Luciano who  a couple blocks away, and the fact that it has many famous celebrities and famed Mobsters (Joe Maseria), we've just gotta include it here as well.

Belly up to the bar that Lucky Luciano drank at, and where the great John Lennon once ate at, and the likes of legendary Italian Prize Fighter "Rocky Graziano," also of the neighborhood. Have the bartender make you a Campari & Soda and just soak up over 100 years of New York Italian History, you'll not find another place like it, as sadly two great 100 year old Italian Food Establishments, DeRobertis Italian Pastries, and Lanza's Restaurant (Sicilian American) closed down in the past few years (A Sin!).

John's of 12th East Street (302 East) East Village ... New York NY  

Johns12thStreetnyc.jpg

John's of 12th Street

NEW YORK , NY

photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
   

Watch The TRAILER

Documentary Film

"JOHN'S of 12th STREET

by Vanessa McDonell

 

c58f0-screen2bshot2b2016-08-042bat2b8.00.442bpm

SUNDAY SAUCE

LEARN HOW to MAKE

NEGRONI

SPAGHETTI MEATBALLS

BRACIOLE

and More ...

 

Fanelli Cafe

PRINCE STREET

Soho

  Cafe Fanelli is one of New York's oldest we, preserved Old Bars. What is w Cafe Fanelli's first opened  as a bar on the corner of Prince Street & Mercer as Prince Cafe in the year 1872 by Italian immigrant Nicholas Volpe. The Fanelli family bought the bar in 1922 and re-named it Fanelli's Cafe. The building was first erected in 1847 and its commercial space was operated as a grocery store from 1863, before a var opened there in 1872. During Prohibition Fanelli's was a Speakeasy from he years of 1920 to 1933. Though no longer owned by Italians, nor in Greenwich Village, because of its Italian-American history and the fact that Fanelli's has retained so much of its former old-bar decor, we've include it in this piece. So if you're looking to experience a wonderful piece of old New York, go have a couple drinks at Cafe Fanelli.  

GENE'S

West 11th Street

GREENWICH VILLAGE

  Gene's first opened it's doors in 1919, and operated as a "Speakeasy" during Prohibition. Gene's has a long storied history of Italian and Artistic Greenwich Village, providing, staving artists, poets, and writers of the Beat Generation, and other eras, with inexpensive affordable Italian meals.  

Old Vintage Postcard

GENE'S

 

The Bar at GENE'S

GREENWICH VILLAGE

NEW YORK

Sunday, June 16, 2019

How to Make Braciole Recipe


BRACIOLA

with Pasta





Rolling The Braciole







Watch LINA Making BRACIOLA








Saucing the PASTA

adding BRACIOLA








RECIPE MAMMA DiMAGGIO'S BRACIOLA

That's JOE DiMAGGIO "S MOTHER

RECIPE in SUNDAY SAUCE



.




Braciole



.
.

Recipes from My Sicilian Nonna










PASQUALE Makes BRACIOLE

.
.



Sunday, March 17, 2019

Marlon Brando Squeezes Gianni Russo Cheeks

 

Marlo Brando squeezes Gianni Russo's Cheeks

On The Set of The GODFATHER




GIANNI RUSSO Talks The GODFATHER





SONNY KICKS CARLO'S ASS

James Caan as Sonny Corleone

Beats the SHIT out of Carlo for Beating Up 

his Sister CONNIE


.

1c95d-Sunday-SauceeBIGGERx


LEARN HOW to MAKE

CLEMENZA SUNDAY SAUCE

From The GODFATHER





GIANNI RUSSO

ERIC METAXIS RADIO SHOW


.
.
GodfatherPUZookj


The GODFATHER


MARIO PUZO


New York Times BEST SELLER



.
.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tony Lip and The Feast Seven Fish Italian Christmas



GreenBOOKkbn



.

 
Yes, "I Fucking Love GREEN BOOK," which was without question, the Best Movie I've seen in 10 Years, "Seriously." "What's not to Fucking Love" Tony Lip would probably say himself, if the movie wasn't about him, but he was watching a movie with the same exact story about his life and adventure when he worked for World Renowned Pianist Doctor Donald Shirley (Mahershala Ali), driving him on a concert tour around the South and Mid-West of America in 1962 ..
The movie opens in a sccene at the Copacabana ight Club in New York City, where Tony Vallelongo (Viggo Mortensen), aka "Tony Lip" is the Maitre'd / Bouncer of the club.  Italian-American singer Bobby Rydell (Robert Ridarelli) of Philadelphia is the headliner and is singing on stage when the movie opens in the Copa. Viggo Mortenson 's character "Tony Lip" gets into a fight that night with a Mobster, and the Copacabana is subsequently closed down for a couple months for so-called renovations. Tony is out of work and needs to pay the Rent and put Bread on the table for his wife and two sons. By the way, Tony Vallelonga is what many would call a typical Italian-American Blue-Collar New Yorker who lives up in the Bronx, and his a thick New York Italian accent, swagger, and attitude to go with it. The guy needs a job. Soon after he's put of work, a close friend tells Tony he knows how he can make a quick easy $50 .. Tony is put into a Hot Dog Eating Contest at the local diner. It's between Tony and some other guy who can eat the most Hot Dogs. The record at this joint is 18 Hot Dogs. Tony takes the guy on, who ends up eating 24 Hot Dogs. Tony eats 26 and wins the Fifty Bucks, but Tony still needs a job, he can't keep eating mass quantities of food like the 48 White Castle Cheeseburgers they he ate previously.
A good friend sets Tony up on a job interview to chauffeur a renowned piano player around for 2 months on his upcoming concert tour. Tony goes on the interview which is in the piano players apartment above Carnegie Hall. This scene is quite entertaining, and gives a good insight into what similar situations are about to unfold in the movie which is the stark contrast of two very different men, who have completely different lives, personalities, education, and general demeanor. Such a strong contrast between characters usually makes for good humor and entertainment, and the contrast between Tony Lip and Don Shirley is verging on epic. The situations and moments these two men have together is often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and often quite sweet and heart warming. 

As Director Peter Farrelly said, in his acceptance speech for Best Picture, this movie is about love. Yes the movie is about love, and great friendships and acceptance between human beings who are different from one another. We all are, really. We're different and the same, we're human beings with attributes and faubles, and we go through life with many ups and downs along the way, but we should all be compassionate, helpful, and warm to our fellow human beings. Wouldn't this all make for a better world? You know it would, and that's just what these two humans, two "real life humans" (it's a true Story) who are thrown together and though they are both hugely different, they come together and help each other, and become fast friends along the way. I got choked up and almost cried a couple of times during the film, and a walked away with warmth and good feelings, and maybe a little bit more of an understanding of life and other people, that I feel will make me a better person along the way.

 Green Book ? Yes, "I Fucking Love It!"

Go see it please.

Basta!

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

 

 "It's all about Viggo"

... Peter Farrelly in his acceptance speech at The OSCARS
   
Did you notice that there was a lot of food in Green Book. Viggo Mortenson (Tony Lip) eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hot Dogs, and Steak & Eggs at a Diner, and talking about eating White Castle Cheeseburgers. And for the Grand Finale as far as Food and Green Book goes, the last scene of the movie, may have gone un-noticed by many as the special Italian Christmas Eve Dinner of "The Feast of The Seven Fishes," known as La Vigilia in the Italian language. Well, most who saw the movie may have not picked it up, but as I did, I'm sure many (but not all) Italian-Americans did.


.


The FEAST of The SEVEN FISH

GREEN BOOK

If you're interested in creating your own Italian Christmas of The Feast of 7 Fish? You can. Just get yourself a copy of Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 's "Feast of The 7 Fish."  Everything is in there, all the recipes to make your own "Vigilia,"  The FEAST of The 7 FISH, on Amazon.com


FEAST7fish.jpg

The FEAST of THE 7 FISH

Just Like VIGGO MORTENSEN 'S

in GREEN BOOK



 

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS

FEAST of The 7 FISHES

In GREEN BOOK


Get The Book






TONY "LIP" VALLELONGA

with BOBBY DARIN

at The COPACABANA

NEW YORK

Two ITALIAN BOYS From da BRONX
 
Frank Anthony Vallelonga Sr. (July 30, 1930 – January 4, 2013), better known as Tony Lip, was an American actor and occasional author.

He is best known for his portrayal of crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in the HBO series, The Sopranos. Lip portrayed real-life Bonanno crime family mobster Philip Giaccone in Donnie Brasco, and real-life Lucchese crime family mobster Francesco Manzo in Goodfellas. It was at the Copacabana nightclub where he first met Francis Ford Coppola and Louis DiGiamo, leading to a small role in The Godfather, his film debut. He also co-wrote the book Shut Up and Eat! (2005).

His time in the early 1960s, when he was the driver and bodyguard for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley, was dramatized in the 2018 film, Green Book.




.
4bcef-sunday-saucesmall1

EAT TONY LIP'S FAVORITES

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS

SUNDAY SAUCE

PASTA e FAGIOLI

BRACIOLE

and More ...




.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vinny Vella New York Italian LittleItaly

Vinny Vella
 
RIP
Vinny Vella hanging out with Frank Vincent
 
Federic Castelluccio and other Friends
 
In LITTLE ITALY 
 
NEW YORK
 
Watch The VIDEO
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
LEARN HOW to MAKE
 
VINNY'S FAVORITE DISHES
 
.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Godfather Movie Locations New York



East 6th Street

Between Avenue A and Avenue B

100 YEARS AGO

East Village

NEW YORK



This photo was taken on East 6th Street in 1971. I’m sure you’re thinking that it looks much older than that. But in reality this is a 1970s photo of East 6th Street all dolled up to look much older – for the filming of the Godfather II! Pretty cool, right? The Oscar-winning sequel used East 6th Street to depict Vito Corleone’s Italian neighborhood of 1917, where he first started his family and his life of crime. I even found a couple stills from the movie where you can clearly make out the buildings and storefronts on the block – here you can see the double arched windows of the S. Fiore storefront at the far left of our photo, and here you can see that beautiful painted glass storefront bearing the name “The Washington.”




East 6th Street

Godfather Part II
  NEW YORK NY  


This is 100 years after the time our photo depicts, and 45 years after it was actually taken.  Thankfully we’ve managed to hold on to this entire strip of tenements, and many of their architectural details. The arched windows at 524 and the protruding glass storefront and centered wooden doorway of 520 (now a bar, rather than The Washington) all remain. At 522, the ground-level configuration is the same although in The Godfather image they appear to be two separate storefronts (one with an awning, one with Instituto Italiano at the frieze). This building’s upper floors seem to have lost their arched windows and lintels, too.


EAST 6th STREET

Between Avenue's A & B

East Village


2017





Robert DeNiro on East 6th Street

GODFATHER II




FRANKIE PENTANGELI and his Bodyguard CHI CHI

Meeting with The ROSATO BROTHERS

7B BAR  ( Vazac's Horseshoe Bar )

Avenue B at East 7th Street

In The EAST VILLAGE

NEW YORK NY

The GODFATHER Part II

Francis Ford Coppola

After visiting Florida to seal the deal with Roth, Michael pays an unannounced visit to Pentangeli on Long Island and asks him to help take his revenge. As part of his plan, he insists that Pentangeli capitulate to the Rosato brothers so that Roth will not suspect that Michael is on to him. Pentangeli prefers open warfare against Roth and the Rosatos, but reluctantly obeys Michael's order.
Pentangeli arranges a meeting with the Rosato brothers. Arriving at the meeting place, Pentangeli leaves his bodyguard outside and enters the bar alone. Once inside, Tony Rosato (Danny Aiello) ambushes Pentangeli with a garotte, telling him, "Michael Corleone says hello." A policeman steps inside, and the attack degenerates into a shootout in the street. Pentangeli disappears and is believed to be dead.


"Michael Corleone says HELLO"

Is what Carmine Rosata (Danny Aiello) says to 
FRANKIE PENTANGELI (Micahel Gazzo) as he wraps Piano Wire
around his Neck inside the Vazac's Horseshoe Bar
on AVENUE B at East 7th STREET NY NY





"Michael Corleone says HELLO" !!!

Danny Aiello and Michael Gazz

as CARMINE ROSATO and FRANKIE PENTANGELI

Inside "VAZAC'S HORSHOE BAR"

Which is known to it's "REGULARS" as 7B BAR

For its Loction on East 7th Street and Avenue "B"

In The EAST VILLAGE of NEW YORK





Learn How to Make SUNDAY SAUCE

alla CLEMENZA

RECIPE in SUNDAY SAUCE

by DANIEL BELLINO "Z"
.




135 MOTT STREET

Is where VIRGIL SOLOZZO'S Hit Men Shot Don Vito Corleone

who was being Driven by his Son FREDDO , and supposedly

being protected by him (bodyguard).

The Don was buying some fresh Fruit from a Pus Cart Vendor

when the HIT MEN Shot Him ...

DON VITO Surrvived the HIT