Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Italian Americans in Movies Godfather Goodfellas





AL PACINO with AL LITTIERI


Al Pacino as Michael Corleone and Al Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo

In Francis Ford Coppola's The GODFATHER

Novel by Mario Puzo







ITALIAN-AMERICANS in The MOVIES




SYLVESTOR STALLONE

As ROCKY BALBOA "The ITALIAN STALLION"

In Stallone's "ROCKY"

Based on a part of Chuck Wepner's Life

When Wepner fought Mohamed Ali





Two More Italian Americans in the Movies


ROBERT DeNIRO and JOE PESCI

In Martin Scorsese's RAGING BULL

Based on the life of Italian-American Prize Fighter

From the Bronx, New York JAKE LaMOTTA

"The RAGING BULL"


DiNero played Jake LaMotta, and Joe Pesci played his brother Joey

Directed by Martin Scorsese of Little Italy, New York NY






DEAN MARTIN (Dino Crochetti) and FRANK SINATRA

Both ITALIAN AMERICAN SINGERS and ACTORS






COOKING SICILIAN

ITALIAN AMERICAN

And ???









Make Him an Offer He Cant Refuse Godfather






AL PACINO as Michael Corleone

Francis Ford Coppola's GODFATHER






ITALIAN-AMERICANS


"La FAMIGLIA"


Directed by John Maggio


Rosetta Pennsylvania






SUNDAY SAUCE

WHEN ITALIAN AMERICANS COOK







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Scorsese Making Sunday Sauce Gravy in Italian American






Catherine Scorsese makes Sunday Sauce Italian Gravy in her apartment

on Elizabeth Street, Little Italy, New York ...

"This is what my mother in-law taught me. You take a few tablespoons of tomato sauce, and put in here (with the chopped meat)."

"It keeps the meatballs soft. Not like some people. You get invited to some peoples house, and the Meatballs are hard. I better be careful. I have a lot of friends. If they see this."






At The Home of Catherine and Charles Scorsese

Elizabeth Street, New York NY

1974

The Filming of "ITALIAN AMERICAN"

by Martin Scorsese

Starring : Catherine Scorsese and Charles Scorsese

with Martin Scorsese


Dialogue 



Charlie : "I remember the first Radio we got. It was in the shape of a Church."


Charlie :  "Sometimes it's been known, that a man is a better cook than a woman. It's the truth."

Catherine : "Then, why don't you cook?"

Charlie : "It's not my thing."















Catherine : "We didn't have our Honeymoon, so went to Italy years later"

"This is us in Palermo. That's my aunt. She's 80 years old. That's me standing."









Marty has Dinner with his parents Catherine & Charlie, at their home on Elizabeth Street

1991

Marty : "It's California Wine, it's not Italian."

Charlie : "There's more Maccheroni coming out"

Catherine :  "I made a pound of maccheroni. And there's some meat they can have."

Marty : "You want some cheese"

Charlie : You want some Mozzarell Cheese?"

"I get it from my sisters, They have a garden, and they give it to me. It last all year."


Marty :  "You have some Cheese? The kind I like"

Marty : "That's it. That's the kind I like. What is it"

Catherine : "Cheese in a Basket"

Marty : "No what do you call it?"

Charlie : "That's what we call it. Cheese in a Basket"

Marty :  "No what is its name?"

Charlie : "Cheese in a basket. It's Special Cheese"

Marty : "No, isn't that Ricotta?"

On Filming - It Not You Murray


Catherine  "He got my up 5 O'Clock in the morning to make Spaghetti.  He had to have a scene with hot Spaghetti. It was up in the Bronx. It was freezing up there."





Charlie "Yeah Ricotta. It's special cheese."


Catherine:  "Come on, the Raviolis are getting cold!"


Marty : "Where is that Mozzarella from?"

"That's DiPalo, it's famous"









SUNDAY SAUCE

WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK


SUNDAY SAUCE alla SINTARA

GOODFELLAS PRIGIONE SAUCE

SCORSESE SUNDAY GRAVY

And More ...








Catherine : 

"Are you insinuating my father didn't know how to Make Wine?"





Charlie and Catherine Scorsese

ITALIAN AMERICAN

1974





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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Frank Sinatra and JD







FRANK SINATRA

And His Favorite Beverage


JACK DANIELS

TENNESSEE SOUR MASH WHISKEY



RECIPE  SUNDAY SAUCE alla SINATRA

Also : SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS




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Friday, November 29, 2019

Tribute to James Gandolfini






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Tribute to James Gandolfini


The SOPRANOS

Making Sunday Sauce on Black Friday






CLEMENZA with His SAUSAGE & MEATBALLS

"He's gonna Shove them in The SAUCE"

He Shows Michael (AL Pacino) how to make SAUCE for 20 GUYS (Mobsters)


From Francis Ford Coppola's "The GODFATHER"

Based on the Novel by Mario Puzo





FAICCO'S PORK STORE

Greenwich Village, New York

We're making Clemenza's Mob War #Godfather Sunday Sauce (Gravy) on Black Friday. We're not gonna waste our time waiting on lines, getting all "Bent Out of Shaped," and stressed out like those people who shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. No, our day is going to be a whole lot better and more fulfilling than fight traffic and crowds. We go down early in the morning to our local Italian pork Store Faicco's on Bleecker Street to get all our stuff for our tasty Sunday Sauce. 

I pick up all the meats I need to make the my Sunday Sauce alla Clemenza. I need Italian Sweet Sausages, Braciole, San Marzano Tomatoes, and Maccheroni.

We go home, to get the Sauce started. 


RECIPE alla CLEMENZA







Making the MEATBALLS

Ready to COOK








Here's our Ingredients

Sausages, Pork Neck, Braciole

Tomatoes and Ground Meat for our Meatballs

Notice our fine nottle of Italian Wine. Barbi Brunello di Montalcino

A special wine for some special sauce.





RECIPES in The BOOK

GODFATHER SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

CHARLIE SCORSESE'S GOODFELLAS SAUCE alla PRIGIONE

SUNDAY SAUCE alla BELLINO

JOE DiMAGGIO'S MOTHER'S SUNDAY GRAVY

And More ...







The BELLINO'S Make SUNDAY SAUCE ITALIAN GRAVY

In LODI, NEW JERSEY

SUNDAY SAUCE on FRIDAY


Cousins Daniel and Anthony Bellino make their family's famed Sunday Sauce Gravy  at Anthony's fathers house in Lodi, NJ .. They are keeping up a family tradition that they've been partaking in since they were young boys in the early 1960's America. Daniel even wrote a couple books that are themed around this most important subject of SUNDAY SAUCE  Italian Gravy. Daniel likes to put Pork Spare Ribs in his sauce, which he says, "Oh my God, the Ribs in the Sauce? When you cook Spare Ribs in the Gravy, you just can't believe how tasty they are. The are so succulent and juice. They taste so Dam Good. Even better than BBQ Ribs, which I love as well. But the Ribs in the Sunday Sauce taste even better, believe it or not? I kid you not." 






Our Thanksgiving Turkey

"We had this yesterday. It came out Dam Good."

Like all Good Italians, we started our Thanksgiving Dinner with a little Antipasto Misti of Salami, Provolone, Olives, Celery and Roast Peppers. The we sat down for a portion of Rigatoni Bolognese, made with my Famous ragu Bolognese Sauce. The we take an hour break, before sitting down for the Turkey with all the trimmings. Our Turkey came out so good.

We take another hour break before sitting down for all our desserts, which included; Pumpkin Pie, Coconut Custard Pie, Pecan Pie, "Wow, that's a lot of Pies?"

We have Espresso, Cannolis, and Italian Cookies, and a couple shots of Amaro to finish it all off, and another Thanksgiving has come and gone.

Yes, many families will go shopping on Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but not us. We'll be eating Sunday Sauce on Friday and having Meatball Parmigiano Sandwiches on Meatball Parm Mondays. Now that's Italian! What would you rather do? Fight Traffic and crowds and lines at the shopping malls, or eat Sunday Sauce and Meatballs? I know what I'll be doing. Me, my family and friends. We Mangia Bene Tutto!

Basta!

Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke on Italian Thanksgiving and eating Sunday Sauce 
on Black Friday  ....








Vecchio Amaro del Capo

Amaro from Calabria

A favorite Amaro for those "In the Know"

We drank this and Montenegro on Thanksgiving






RECIPE for The WORLDS BEST RAGU BOLOGNESE





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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Uncle Frank Bellino Enjoys Lobster Dinner







Frank Bellino of Lodi, New Jersey

United Stated Marines

Pacific Theater

World War II




Uncle Frank Enjoys a Lobster

New Jersey





The BELLINO FAMILY
LODI , NEW JERSEY

1939

Frank's Father Filipo, sister Lucy (my Mother)

Brother Tony and Mother Giuseppina

Frank is not in this family picture, nor is his sister Lilly





Fillipo Bellino

Born in Lercara Friddi 





FRANK SINATRA

Father was from Lercara Friddi

SICILY


And So was LUCKY LUCIANO




CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO

Also from Lercara Friddi

SICILY





NONNA BELLINO'S COOKBOOK

RECIPES From MY SICILIAN  GRANDMA






The BELLINO BOYS

All VETERANS of WW II

TONY, JAMES & FRANK

At JAME'S 91st BIRTHDAY PARTY

HACKENSACK, NJ



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Sunday, November 17, 2019

How to Make Godfather SundaySauce Italian Gravy recipe






The Cast of The GODFATHER

AL PACINO - MARLON BRANDO

JAMES CAAN - JOHN CAZALE





Watch and Listen to this Radio TV Commercial

For SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

all BELLINO from the motion picture, The GODFATHER

by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

Starring : AL PACINO , MARLON BRANDO, JAMES CANN,

JOHN CAZALE, ROBERT DUVALL

and RICHARD CASTELLANO as CLEMENZA

The RECIPE for this beloved ITALIAN-AMERICAN Favorite

SUNDAY SAUCE, which some call "GRAVY" and which Corleone Capo

Peter Clemenza show Michale Corleon (AL Pacino) how to make SAUCE

The RECIPE is in SUNDAY SAUCE

by BEST SELLING Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino "Z"

Available on AMAZON





SUNDAY SAUCE

LEARN HOW to MAKE
SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

MEATBALLS alla SINATRA

PASTA FAGIOLI

and More ..




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Watch The BELLINO'S Make SUNDAY SAUCE

In LODI, NEW JERSEY

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Joe Peci






JOE PESCI with ROBERT DeNIRO


In Martin Scorsese 's "RAGING BULL"







JOE PESCI in GOODFELLAS

with RAY LIOTTA - ROBERT DeNIRO

And PAUL SORVINO







JOE PESCI

BIO




The PEPPERMINT TWIST


Joe Pesci once played Guitar for JOEY DEE and The STARLITERS.

Guess who replace Joe on Guitar when he left the band? JIMMI HENDRIX ! Wow !!!





JOE PESCI with FRANK VINCENT

In CASINO


Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent once had a Nightclub Act that they performed mostly in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and the New York Metro area. Pesci once said the act was part MARTIN & LEWIS and part LAUREL & HARDY with Music.

When Pesci got his first Big Break after he was cast as Joey LaMotta in Martin Scosese's Raging Bull, Joe took his old buddy Frank Vincent along for the ride. Joe suggested a part to DeNiro and Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull. Scorsese cast Vincent as Mafia Hood Salvi, a friend of Joey LaMotta in the movie. This led to Frank Vincent having quite a good career over the years, mostly playing Mafia types.






PESCI Capitalizes on his "MY COUSIN VINNY" Success

With and album called 

VINCENT LAGUARDIA GAMBINO SINGS FOR YOU





A Friend of FRANKIE VALLI

Joe Pesci was instrumental in the formation and Success of The FOUR SEASONS

Of Bellville / Newark NEW JERSEY

"JERSEY BOYS"

Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent "JERSEY BOYS TOO"












JOE PESCI in JERSEY







JERSEY STYLE SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY

Just like JOE & FRANK Used to EAT




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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Daniel Bellino Talks TONYS NUT HOUSE NYC



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Mare Chiaro

"TONY'S NUT HOUSE"

Mulberry Street



Tucked between a partly vacant Roman Catholic church and a Vietnamese herbal store, the Beard Cafe, on Elizabeth Street, near Broome, could be mistaken for another downtown bar, priced out of SoHo or the East Village. At night, young urbanites and European tourists mingle to enjoy techno music and imported beer. Leftist literature competes for attention with a video art installation.

But during the day, the place mellows to resemble a European coffee shop with fresh muffins and stale cigarettes. When four elderly Italian men arrive, they create a bit of old Little Italy: the private social club, in the midst of a now-fashionable neighborhood. The men go to the rear of the club and descend into a hideout in the basement, where they spend several hours.
''It is the last traditional social club,'' said Lillian Tozzi, a founder of the Little Italy Neighbors Association, whose family has lived on Mulberry Street for over a century.

The members of the club declined to be interviewed, but visitors say the basement is sparsely furnished with little more than a television set, a refrigerator and fading photographs of neighborhood friends. Not much happens, they add, besides watching television, playing a friendly game of hearts and chatting. Fans of ''The Sopranos'' would be disappointed.

''You go to hang out with the boys,'' said Tony Tenneriello, 80, the bartender at Mare Chiaro, an oak-paneled bar on Mulberry Street that evokes the area's bygone charm. ''The bars were different back then. You could play a game of cards for a bottle of wine.'' 


2002





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TONY

Tony Tenneriello & Family

At His ITALIAN BAR
MARE CHIARO

aka "TONY'S NUT HOUSE"


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DANNY TALKS TONY
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I first started going to Tony's somewhere around 1984. Being myself (Danny) I always love the offbeat kind of place, whether we're talking about restaurants, stores, Barber Shops, or in this cas bars.  Don't want anything shiney and knew, and most likely quite contrived. Give me a cool old well worn place like McSorley's Ale House on East 7th Street (Since 1854) John's of 12th Street, a few blocks from McSorley's, Pete's Tavern (Gramercy Park), or the good old Italian Bar, Mare Chiare on Mulberry Street in New York's so-called Little Italy. Well, Mare Chiare (aka Tony's Nut House) no longer exist. Not as that cool old Italian Bar, run by the unflappable Tony Tennerielo himself. Tony was just "Too Cool." And he wasn't even trying to be, he was just being Tony.

His Bar was absolutely awesome. It was low key, and had a cool old ambiance. It's original 1908 deccor was kept pretty much intact. Tony's was usually pretty quiet and you could go in there and get a drink, sit down at the bar or a table, throw a few quarters in the Juke Box, and play some "Dino," Tony Bennett, and of course songs by Mr. Frank Sinatra. Sit down and relax, listening to great Italian-American music as you sipped your drink and chit-chatted with your friends. I here the place used to be busier back in the day, when the Old Police Head Quarters was still open, prior to 1973 when it was shut down and moved to it new facilities near City Hall. Before that, Mare Chiaro had a bit of a livelier crowd filled with lots of Policemen and Detectives of NYPD before the closing of Police HQs on Broome and Layfayette Streets nearby. The time-span when I went from 1984 until Tony Tenneriello sold his family's old Italian Bar in 2003. Yes, most  of the times I went to Tony's wan't crowded, usually, less than 12 people in the place. Regulars like me, simply called it Tony's.

Besides going there any old time, especially on Sunday afternoons to watch a Giant's or Yankees game, my favorite thing to do was to get an awesome Italian Sub Sandwich (to Go) at Parsisi's Sanwich Shop, bring it to Tony's, get a glass of Wine, put on some Sinatra and eat our tasty Sandwiches .

Yes, I had a lot of great times at Tony's, but the best of all, was being at Tony's one time when it was Tony's Birthday. His family brought a Birthday Cake, we all sang "Happy Birthday Dear Tony," Tony blew out the candles and we all had a piecce of cake, as one of his friends sang a couple Opera Songs. "Now what's better than that I ask you?" Getting to sing Happy Birthdday to Mr. Anthony Tenneriello and sharing the good times and Tony's Birthday Cake with the man himself.

Daniel Bellino Zwicke I have a few old pictures I took at Tony's back in the day. One day I'll dig them up and post them here, for you can never get enough of Tony, or his awesome old bar, Mare Chiaro, aka Tony's Nut House. Basta !  



by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke  ... 2019


Best Selling Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke wrote a whole chapter devoted to Tony Tenneriello and his Little Italy Italian-American Bar MARE CHIARO aka "TONY'S NUT HOUSE," in his first boo La Tavola, publsihed 2002 by Broadway Fifth Press, NY NY.




The NEW YORK OBSERVER ... March 4, 2003

 
TONY SELLS MARE CHIARO
"Arrivederci , Tony" Already, the regulars are suspicious.  
Mare Chiaro’s was a Little Italy watering hole with oak-paneled walls, sawdust on the floor and the Old World atmosphere of an Italian social club. In the 1990’s, both the Paris Review crowd and the dot-com Wunderkinds embraced the bar as their own, despite the bright overhead lights and lack of fruit-flavored martinis. More recently, Nolita hipsters have held court-all under the watchful eye of Tony Tenneriello, who sold the bar last month. Until then, Mr. Tenneriello, 81, could be seen there every night, cigar in his mouth, working past 1 a.m., shuffling from table to table to clear glasses and staring defiantly at anyone who lingered too long or got too rowdy. Locals just called the place “Tony’s.”
Mr. Tenneriello said he sold the bar because of his age and the long hours the job required. “It looked like I was going to die in that bar,” he said. “But I sold it.”
The new owners haven’t decided yet whether to take down the black-and-white photographs of Tony posing with Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Madonna and others. “We have to retain the spirit of the bar,” said co-owner Eddy Welsh, 67, “but we also have to attract a new crowd. How much of a change do you make? Where do you draw the line?”
Indeed, Mr. Welsh and co-owner Richard Cestaro, 40, both local businessmen whose families grew up on Mulberry Street, have the unenviable task of "running Tony’s without Tony." Their influence is already evident. In order to restore the exterior to what it looked like when the bar first opened in 1908, they’ve added copper outlay to the bar’s wooden doors and repainted the window frames, restoring them to their original white. Inside the bar, top-shelf liquor has been added, as has tap beer. The $3 Coronas now cost $5, and on the jukebox a buck buys two songs instead of three. The sawdust is gone. Soon the bar will serve lunch and late-night snacks: chicken wings, peel-your-own shrimp, eggs and peppers. Also under consideration is live Dixieland or country music. "Please God, NO !!!"
The bar had been in Mr. Tenneriello’s family since the turn of the century, when his father, Christopher Tenneriello, opened a small bar called C. Tenneriello’s at 1761¼2 Mulberry. Tony’s father worked the bar and Tony’s mother cooked Chicken Parmigiana and Spaghetti & Meatballs for a crowd of local Italians. After school, Tony would go to the bar and do his homework.
The police were the bar’s biggest crowd, coming in for lunch from their nearby headquarters on Centre Street. Members of the neighborhood’s crime families stayed away, according to Mr. Tenneriello.
“I’m not saying that no one ever came in,” he said. “But let me just say, thank God for the police.”
The police headquarters moved away in 1973, as did many of the neighborhood Italians, replaced by Chinese immigrants. By the late 80’s, the bulk of Mare Chiaro’s business were tourists who came to the city to visit the rash of new restaurants on Mulberry Street. Padding out the crowd was a mix of Artists and Writers . In the mid-1990’s, editors from the Paris Review met there every Friday night. The dot-commers would come by after long hours at their Broadway offices.
Nowadays, the crowd is thinner. A recent Thursday night found the bar sparsely populated with a mix of tourists, hipsters (White Stripes look-alikes) and stockbrokers. Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” played on the jukebox; an eager, short-haired female bartender was offering shots.
One of the stockbrokers, Mike, in his mid-30’s, had been coming to Mare Chiaro for the last six years.
“It was better when Tony ran the place,” he said, lowering his voice and looking around the bar. “The new owners want to get the yuppies in here. You can tell by the little things they’re doing-raising the prices of the drinks, the jukebox.”
Asked about this, Mr. Cestaro looked pained and said, “You can’t run a business selling $3 drinks.” He added that the bar’s prices are now on par with the other neighborhood bars.
If Mr. Cestaro and Mr. Welsh don’t have the full support of some of the regulars, they seem to have earned the respect of locally owned Italian businesses.
“To be honest, the bar needed an update,” shrugged one Mulberry Street restaurant owner. “The new owners are good guys. They realize they’re dealing with an institution; they’re not going to change it too much. Tony knew what he was doing when he sold it to them.”
Mr. Tenneriello said he has no interest in what the new owners may or may not change.
“What people want, and what people don’t want, it doesn’t matter,” he said, laughing hoarsely. “Things are going to change. It’s called progress, honey.”
READ about TONY in Italian-American New York Writer Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 's book       La TAVOLA - ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS ADVENTURES of The TABLE La Tavola
AVAILABLE on AMAZON.com

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READ About TONY

An His MULBERRY STREET

ITALIAN BAR

MARE CHIARO

aka "TONY'S NUT HOUSE"


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