Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Frank Sinatra Favorite Cookie Veneiros NYC Regina Cookies

 






VENEIRO'S PASTICCERIA

SINCE 1894





VENIERO'S

A circa mid-1940s photograph of Veniero’s. Pictured from left to right are Peter Veniero, the son of Veniero’s founder, Antonio Veniero; Frank Catinella, a cousin of Robert Zerilli’s father, Frank Zerilli, and a manager at the bakery; an unidentified employee; Frank Zerilli, then also a manager.Credit...Courtesy of Veniero’s



More than two million Italians arrived in New York between the late 1880s and the early 1910s, many coming through Ellis Island and most desperately poor. Large numbers settled in Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn; others headed to Lower Manhattan, in particular to Greenwich Village —along Sullivan and Bleecker Streets — and, most famously, to the area surrounding Mulberry Street that would become the Little Italy of the Lower East Side.

Antonio Veniero, born near Sorrento in 1870, arrived in New York when he was 15 and went to work in a candy factory. He bought the building on East 11th Street in 1894 and began producing his own handmade confectionery there; when customers asked for something to go with it, he began offering espresso and biscotti. It was backbreaking work: There was no electricity; ice came in hundred-pound blocks; deliveries were made on horse-pulled carts. Pastry was baked in a coal oven in the store’s backyard, which is now part of the cafe.

Zerilli’s father, Frank, began working at Veniero’s in the 1930s and bought the business in 1970. Zerilli did weekend shifts at the bakery in the late ’70s and came on full time in 1981. He opened the back-room cafe in 1994, the year of the store’s 100th anniversary. His father died one month later. Both Zerilli and Frankie went to college before returning to work at the store but Zerilli often says to his son, “Remember, Grandpa said, ‘The best college is right here.’” He shows me a favorite photo of his father with the other Frank, Sinatra that is, taken around 1980. Sinatra, looking amiable, his arm around Zerilli’s shoulders, wears a crucifix and is holding a cigarette and a large sesame seed biscuit in the same hand. “It’s called a regina,” says Angelo Santamaria, Veniero’s head pastry chef. “Sinatra liked it crunchy.”






"Frank & Frank"

SINATRA & ZERILLI


A photograph of Frank Sinatra and Frank Zerilli, circa 1979. Sinatra is holding a Regina Pastry that Veniero’s made specially for the singer, who liked them large with a crunchy exterior.Credit...




FRANK SINATRA'S FAVORITE COOKIES




BISCOTTI REGINELLE

aka REGINA COOKIES

The QUEEN'S COOKIES


Frank Sinatra had a standing order for these tasty Sicilian Cookies, that were
whipped from Veneer's to Frank's home in Palm Springs for years.






SUNDAY SAUCE

SINATRA RECIPES

SUNDAY SAUCE - MEATBALLS

And MORE ...










VENEIRO'S PASTICCERIA

East 11th Street - EAST VILLAGE

NEW YORK CITY

Since 1894








Monday, July 8, 2024

The French ? Give Me a Break ? - Frank Prisansano

 




FRANK PRISANSANO

"The POLPETTONE KINGPIN"




"You gotta give it to The ITALIANS. A lot of people talk about the French"

"The French ? Give Me a Break" ???

"It all started with ITALY . The French learned everything from the Italians" !!!


Spaghetti Meatballs Italy America Recipes

 





SPAGHETTI POPETTINE

ABUZZESE







SPAGHETTI con POLPETTE ABRUZZESE

alla PATRIZIA






SPAGHETTI MEATBALLS

SUNDAY GRAVY

FRITATTA - ZUPPE

And MORE 






ITALIAN AMERICAN MEATBALLS



MEATBALLS

ITALIAN-AMERICAN Style





SPAGHETTI MEATBALLS

AMERICANI






SPAGHETTI CHITTARA e POLPETTE

ABRUZZESE



SPAGHETTI con POLPETTINE






SPAGHETTI CHITTARA con POLPETTINI



The MEATS for The SUGO





SUGO - INGREDIENTS






The SPAGHETTI

CHITTARA





POLPETTINE

The MEATBALLS

ABRUZZESE











Saturday, July 6, 2024

Meatballs

 





MEATBALLS



NONNA MAKES MEATBALLS



NONNA GINA Makes MEATBALLS

Video Recipe






BROOKLYN BROTHERS Make MEATBALLS

BROOKLYN STYLE

ITALIAN-AMERICAN

BROOKLYN,  NEW YORK





MEATBALLS alla SINATRA

alla BELLINO alla PACINO

CLEMENZA'S MEATBALLS

GODFATHER SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY 









GIANNI Makes GRAVY

With SAUSAGE MEATBALLS & BRACIOLE







SUNDAY GRAVY alla GIANNI''

With MEATBALLS, SAUSAGES & BRACIOLE

RECIPES 






MAKING NONNA'S MEATBALLS



MEATBALL RECIPE










The JUICIEST MEATBALLS

So He SAYS ???




EVA Makes MEATBALLS 

Video Recipe


Friday, July 5, 2024

Uncle Frank Picks Olives Italy ItalianAmerican



UNCLE FRANK
 
And his Olive Picking days in SOUTHERN ITALY
 
Near SALERNO
 
 
 




FRANK BELLINO talks about picking Olives
 
Montinella , ITALY
 
 
 
 


SUNDAY SAUCE
 
READ ABOUT UNCLE FRANK
 
COOKING - SHARING MEALS
 
And ITALIAN-AMERICAN RITUALS
 
In NEW YORK and LODI, NEW JERSEY
 
SUNDAY SAUCE With MEATBALLS
 
SAUSAGES and BRACIOLE








RAVELLO
 
The AMALFI COAST
 
 
 


Bestselling Italian Cookbook Author
 
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
Ravello





Filipo Bellino

Father of Frank Bellino

Grandfather of Daniel Bellino "Z"



 
Frank Bellino
 
United States Marines
 
World War II






The Bellino Family
Minus Frank , Lilly, and Jimmy

Pictured here : Filipo Bellino, Lucia Bellino (my mother)
Tony Bellino and Nonna Giuseppina Salemi Bellino
Lodi, New Jersey

Some time in the late 1930s ?


 
Uncle Frank
 
Mangia Bene 



BOOKS by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
GRANDMA BELLINO'S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
 
 
DANIEL'S AUTHOR PAGE  AMAZON.com
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