Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sunday Sauce Beats Out Stanley Tucci - "TASTE"

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SUNDAY SAUCE

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Sunday Sauce is the Best Selling Italian Cookbook by Best Selling author Daniel Bellino Zwicke.
Daniel says he is quite proud of the fact that he is now ranked higher than famous actor / Italian Food Travel Personality Stanley Tucci. Also he has recently and over the years ranked high than Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, and Giada DeLaurentis as a Best Seller of Italian Cookbooks, though all of these authors are quite a bit more famous than Bellino. His star has been steadily rising.

Daniel is one of the America's leading experts of Italian Food & Wine and Culture. He is considered one of the foremost authorities of Italian Wine in New York (thus America as well).

Daniel Bellino is credited with creating "America's 1st Venetian Wine Bar" in 1997. Bellino says that he already knew a number of Italian Wine Producers (estate owners) before he opened Bar Cichetti, but once he opened the place, every Italian Wine Producers who came to town (NYC) wanted to meet him, and he became one of the leading ambassadors and proponents of Italian Wine in America, a fact that all the Italian Wine People (owners) know and appreciate all that Daniel has done for them over the years, Championing their Wines through buying and selling them at his restaurant, and as a leading Wine Director in New York, at such establishments as Barbetta Ristorante (greatest Italian Wine List in America), and Bar Cichetti, as Wine Director, Chef, and managing partner.





Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke

In VERONA, ITALY

During Vinitaly






SUNDAY SAUCE

DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE






SUNDAY SAUCE

Daniel Bellino Zwicke



"Come here kid, lem-me show you something. You never know when you're gonna have to cook for 20 guys someday." Pete Clemenza says to Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. It's one of the most famed movie scenes in history, and of great importance to Italian-Americans. Clemenza is making "Gravy" aka Sunday Sauce, the Supreme Dish of Italian-America, and the dish that brings Italian Families together each and every Sunday. Learn How to Make Clemenza's Sunday Sauce, Meatballs, Pasta Fazool, Momma DiMaggio's Gravy, Goodfellas Sauce, and all of the great favorites of The Italian American Table. Cook Sinatra's Spaghetti & Meatballs, Italian Wedding Soup and more, and delight in the many stories and factual information written by Italian Food & Wine Writer Daniel Bellino Zwicke. This book is filled with Joy & Love, and you will get many years of both, reading, cooking and eating the dishes in SUNDAY SAUCE "When Italian-Americans Eat". 

Do you Love Goodfellas, The Godfather, and Italian Food? Of course you do. Learn How to make Clemenza's Brooklyn Mob War Sauce for 20 people someday. Remember that scene in Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo classic Film Trilogy of the Corone Family of Sicily and Brooklyn, New York. 

Recipes in Italian-American New York Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke's Best Selling Cookbook (2 Years Amazon Kindle) SUNDAY SAUCE include; Frank Sinatra Sunday Sauce, Dolly Sinatra's Spaghetti Meatballs, Joe DiMaggio 's mom's Sunday Gravy, and Charlie Scorsese making Sauce in Prison in Martin Scorsese's GOODFELLAS - starring; Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesce, and Ray Liotta making Veal & Peppers and Sunday Sauce. And by-the-way, Joe Pesci and Liotta are both Italians from New Jersey, so they know their stuff when it comes to Italian Food and all things Italian.








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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Mickey Rourke Eric Roberts Italian Sandwich Recipe

 




Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts are coming out of Joe's Dairy in Greenwich Village
New York. In the movie The Pope of Greenwich Village this little Italian Cheese Store that
specializes in fresh homemade Mozzarella which is along with fresh made Italian Sausages precious commodities in the Italian-American Enclave. This real life Italian Cheese Shop was fictionalized as 
Jimmy The Cheeseman's Shop in the Pope of Greenwich Village which starred Mickey Rourke as Charlie Morant, and Eric Roberts as his cousin Paulie. Here we find Charlie and Paulie going into the cheese shop so Paulie can buy some fresh Mozzarella, Salami, and Prosciutto to make an Italian Sandwich. They then go next door to the real life Zampiere's Bakery which operated two shops in Greenwich Village for years, providing the local Italians with fresh baked Italian Bread and Pastries. Sadly these two wonderful establishments no longer exist, but thanks to this wonderful movie based on the book Pope of Greenwich Village by Vincent Patrick who does a great job capturing some real Greenwich Village Village character.





Paulie and Charlie going to Zampiere's Bakery to get a nice loaf of Italian Bread
for Paulie's gigantic sandwich.




Paulie and Charlie, tow neighborhood Italians chat in front of The Rectory
of Saint Anthony's of Padua Church on Sullivan Street.

Greenwich Village New York






Paulei making his Sandwich

Spring Street Park, corner of Spring and Mulberry Street

New York, NY




Paulie tells Charlie about the Race Horse he is partners with 2 of his Italian Friends
from the neighborhood.

Check out the old Italian Men sitting next to Paulie and Charlie, and Rocky's an old neighborhood
Italian Restaurant that sadly went out of business a few years ago.






Mickey Rourke






Want to Know How to Make and Italian Combo like Paulie?

Bedbug Eddie's Calamari and Steak Pizzaiola?

Lasagna?

Spaghetti and Meatballs?

Paulie's Mother's Manicotti?

Braciole?

Clam Sauce?

Sunday Sauce Italian Gravy and More?

The RECIPES are in SUNDAY SAUCE

by Daniel Bellino "Z"








PAULIE BOUGHT a RACE HORSE

And He Makes a SANDWICH





Geraldine Page with an Amazing Performance as Bunky's Mom
Mrs. Ritter ...

"My Walter was like a Bar of Iron and he didn't get it from his Father"




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Sunday, February 18, 2024

The Hotel Chelsea New York NY NYC

 



The HOTEL CHELSEA

NEW YORK CITY

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The HOTEL CHELSEA




The CHELSEA HOTEL 


The Hotel Chelsea (also the Chelsea Hotel; colloquially the Chelsea) is a hotel at 222 West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Built between 1883 and 1884, the hotel was designed by Philip Hubert in a style described variously as Queen Anne Revival and Victorian Gothic. The 12-story Chelsea, originally a housing cooperative, has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists, and entertainers, some of whom still lived there in the 21st century. As of 2022, most of the Chelsea is used as a luxury hotel. The building is a New York City designated landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

The front facade of the Hotel Chelsea is 11 stories high, while the rear of the hotel rises 12 stories. The facade is divided vertically into five sections and is made of brick, with some flower-ornamented iron balconies; the hotel is capped by a high mansard roof. The Hotel Chelsea has thick load-bearing walls made of masonry, as well as wrought iron floor beams and large, column-free spaces. When the hotel opened, the ground floor was divided into an entrance hall, four storefronts, and a restaurant; this has been rearranged over the years, with a bar and the El Quijote restaurant occupying part of the ground floor. The Chelsea was among the first buildings in the city with duplex and penthouse apartments, and there is also a rooftop terrace. The hotel originally had no more than 100 apartments; it was subdivided into 400 units during the 20th century and has 155 units as of 2022.

The idea for the Chelsea arose after Hubert & Pirsson had developed several housing cooperatives in New York City. Developed by the Chelsea Association, the structure quickly attracted authors and artists after opening. Several factors, including financial hardships and tenant relocations, prompted the Chelsea's conversion into an apartment hotel in 1905. Knott Hotels took over the hotel in 1921 and managed it until about 1942, when David Bard bought it out of bankruptcy. Julius Krauss and Joseph Gross joined Bard as owners in 1947. After David Bard died in 1964, his son Stanley operated it for 43 years, forming close relationships with many tenants. The hotel underwent numerous minor changes in the late 20th century after falling into a state of disrepair. The Krauss and Gross families took over the hotel in 2007 and were involved in numerous tenant disputes before the Chelsea closed for a major renovation in 2011. The hotel changed ownership twice in the 2010s before BD Hotels took over in 2016, and the Chelsea reopened in 2022.

Over the years, the Chelsea has housed many notables such as Arthur Miller, Bob DylanArthur C. ClarkePatti SmithRobert Mapplethorpe, and Virgil Thomson. The Chelsea received much commentary for the creative culture that Bard helped create within the hotel. Critics also appraised the hotel's interior—which was reputed for its uncleanliness in the mid- and late 20th century—and the quality of the hotel rooms themselves. The Chelsea has been the setting or inspiration for many works of popular media, and it has been used as an event venue and filming location.




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During the early 19th century, apartment developments in the city were generally associated with the working class, but by the late 19th century, apartments were also becoming desirable among the middle and upper classes. Between 1880 and 1885, more than ninety apartment buildings were developed in the city.  The architect Philip Hubert and his partner James W. Pirrson had created a "Hubert Home Club" in 1880 for the Rembrandt, a six-story building on 57th Street that had been built as housing for artists.

This early cooperative building had rental units to help defray costs, and it also provided servants as part of the building staff. The success of this model led to other "Hubert Home Clubs", including the Chelsea. Hubert believed that such clubs could help entice middle- and upper-class New Yorkers to live in apartment buildings.








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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Positano Amalfi Coast Plan Early Vacation Trip

 

          

         POSITANO

 


GOING to POSITANO ?  The AMALFI COAST ?


Positano ? Are you thinking of going there this coming Spring, Summer, or Fall ? Be prepared. Prepared meaning, make hotel reservations months in advance. "That's like Now" !!! Yes Now ! And if you want to stay in Positano, make sure you've got a good amount of cash. Most rooms, start at $600 a night, and go up from there. Yes, I'm not kidding.

You may one of millions who have seen the millions more pictures posted on Instagram, in blogs, or wherever? Maybe you've seen the gorgeous town of Positano and The Amalfi Coast on an enticing travel show like Rick Steves, Samatha Brown, or whoever? Yes, Positano and the Amalfi Coast are gorgeous, and on the Bucket List of many. Are you one? Well, again, "be prepared." Go on Booking.com, Expedia, or any of the numerous hotel booking agents on the web, and get yourself a hotel. Either in Positano (if you can afford it), Praiano, Capri (island), Sorrento, as many do, or any one of the other quaint towns on the Amalfi Coast, of Southern Italy.

Yes Positano is the dream town, and top of the list on places to stay for many. But not everyone can afford the high price of a hotel room in this Dreamlike town. In this case, many will opt to stay in the much more affordable town of Sorrento, and use it as a base to explore : Capri, Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, and the rest of the Amalfi Coast. You can take a hired-car, buses, or ferry boats to get around, place-to-place. Yes, there are several options, but one is better than all the rest. Take a Ferry Boat from town to town, as the one and only road gets packed with traffic and it can take you a long time to get from place to place. So take the ferry boats that go to all the towns on the coast, as well as to the islands of Capri, Ischia, and the lesser known Procida.

Another good alternative place to stay as a base, and explore from there, is Salerno. Salerno is a lovely little city that is the most affordable place to stay in the area. More affordable than the touristy town of Sorrento. Don't get us wrong, Sorrento is quite nice and the most popular town to use as a base to explore the area. Salerno is another option, and is quite lovely on it's own. And not only that, my favorite restaurant and favorite Pizzeria in the whole area, which comprises: Naples, Positano and the whole of the Amalfi Coast, and island of Capri and Ischia, my number one favorite restaurant and favorite Pizza (including Naples) are in Salerno. What are they you ask? My favorite restaurant in the entire region is La Spagnola in Salerno, and for Pizza it's L'Archetto Pizzaria - Trattoria by Gerardo and his lovely wife. If you seek a true "Mom & Pop" place that's authentic and the real deal, go to L'Archetto, you won't be disappointed.






Le SIRENUSE

WORLD RENOWNED





L'ARCHETTO PIZZERIA TRATTORIA

SALERNO VECCHIA

SALERNO, ITALY


My cousin Memo who lives in Salerno brought us to Salerno, otherwise we might never have found it. La Spagnola is one of those Italian restaurants that is what one might say has caual elegance. It's not fancy and ostentatious, nor dowdy or common, but as I've said it's what some would describe as casual elegance. It's a first rate restaurant with great service and food, and ambiance. They specialize in seafood, as many restaurants do in the area. We especially love the Razor Clams, Fried Anchovies, and the Polpette di Alici (Anchovy Meatballs) are a must. And they have a really good wine list. My cousin Tony and I love drinking Ferrari "Perla" Sparkling wine,as it has been a tradition for us, ever since our first time ding there.






With My Cousin Tony (R) and Our Friend Allan (L)

Outside of La SPAGNOLA

After and AMAZING LUNCH

SALERNO - Spring 2018



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The HOTEL PLAZA

SALERNO, ITALY

"My FAVORITE HOTEL in SALERNO"



My Favorite Hotel in Salerno, and a great place to make your base, exploring the beautiful Amalfi Coast and beyond. Make it your base too. 

I was quite Lucky to stumble upon the Hotel Plaza back in the Summer of 2015. I had just stayed for 3 days at the awesome Lemon Farm Agriturismo Villa Maria, and was looking for a hotel to make my base on the coast, before heading to Capri for a few days stay. I looked on Booking.com and came up with the Hotel Plaza. The price was right, and I thought that it was the place my cousin Tony had said he stayed at the year before. I was wrong about that, but right about staying at the Plaza. It has turned out to be one of my favorite hotels of all-time. And I've done a lifetime of travel in my day. 

I checked-in but my room wasn't ready. So I went out exploring Salerno. I made another lucky discovery. Walking around Salerno Vecchia, I stumble upon L'Archetto. It looked good, so I went in. I had a wonderful lunch of Seafood Salad, followed by Spaghetti a Mare, with Mussels and Clams/ I drank a small carafe of Falanghina with lunch, and finished up with and Amaro d Capo. Needless to say it was a wonderful lunch, and I have been back to L'Archetto many times, and have sent friends there, who love the place as well.

Now back to the Hotel Plaza.

I had lunch and walked back to the hotel. They brought me to my room, I took a shower, and then walked over to the Marine Ferry Terminal. Caught a ferry to Amalfi. I figured I hang out there a bit. Of course I made my way to Pasticceria Pansa for an espresso and the World's Best Sfogliatelle. Absolutely fantastic. I walked around Amalfi, looked in some shops, and had an Aperol Spritz, before heading back to Salerno.

When I got back to the hotel, the owner Gaetano greeted me and started up a conversation. He apologized (no need) that my room wasn't ready when I arrived, and so my room was upgraded, compliments of the hotel. "Grazie Mille Gaetano."

For the rest of my stay at the Hotel Plaza, I got to know Gaetano a bit. He's a real gentleman. Every day when I got back to the hotel from a day of activity Gaetano would greet me, make me an espresso and sit down and chit-chat with me. So nice. I really enjoyed my little talks with Gaetano.

Besides having such lovely people as owners, the Hotel Plaza has a number of things going for it, that make it a desirable place to stay, especially if you want to use it as a base to explore the Amalfi Coast. Number one is its ideal location for ease of getting around. The hotel is directly across the street from main train station of Salerno. Many people taking a vacation in the area have a flight into Rome. If you have a flight to Rome, and want to go down to the Amalfi Coast, and you want to take public transportation down to the Amalfi Coast, the easiest thing to do is to take a train from Termini Station in Rome to Salerno. Express Trains take only i hour and 15 minutes to get from Rome to Salerno. If you are staying at Hote Plaza (Salerno), when your train arrives in Salerno, you get off the train, walk out of the station and it takes you 2 minutes to walk to the Hotel Plaza across the street from the station. It couldn't be easier. Not only that, the Marine Terminal where you catch ferry boats from Salerno to Capri and anywhere on the Amalfi Coast is just 3 block from the hotel, and 4 blocks from the train station.

If you are staying in another town, like Amalfi, Minori, or Positano, you just walk from the train station to the ferry terminal (10 minute walk), and catch the next boat going to your destiantion. Simple as that.

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Sinatra n Sunday Sauce

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