Best Selling Italian Cookbook Author
DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE at the TEATRO GRECO , SIRACUSA , SICILIA
Traveling around SICILY , eating, exploring, and gathering new Sicilian recipes like, Caponata, Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls) , Maccheroni con Cavolo Fiore, Ragu al Corleone, Fritattata Poliziana, and more …
Daniel was in Palermo eating Pane Muesa, at Antica Focacceria S. Francesco, in Agrigento at Rosticceria Palumbo where Daniel said he had his favorite meal of the whole trip, and the “Best Roast Chicken” ever! Daniel said they made great Arancini, Melanzane, and Frittata which Daniel picked up at Palumbo to bring with him on his bus ride to Cantania.
Yes Daniel was also in Catania, as well as Taormina, Alia, Rocca Palumba, and his ancestral town of Lercara Friddi where Daniel retraced his roots as well as those of, none other than Frank Sinatra and Charles “Lucky” Luciano whose family’s are from Lercara Friddi as well.
Like Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke
The Great Frank Sinatra ‘s Family comes from LERCAR FRIDI, Sicily
And like Sinatra’s Grandfather, Daniel’s Maternal Grandfather Filipo Bellino was
as SHOEMAKER from LERCARA FRIDDI, SICILIA
Grandma Bellino ‘s Cookbook
RECIPES From MY SICILIAN NONNA
Charles “Lucky” Luciano
BELLINO , CAPPUCCINO, and LUCIANO
used to hear her talking about it when I was a little kid. Although I shared
many wonderful meals with my dear Aunt Helen, I never had the pleasure of
having the famous Christmas Eve Dinner “La Vigilia” Feast of 7 FishFeast of 7 Fish with her. We always had Christmas Eve dinner with the immediate family and Aunt Helen had the Christmas Eve with her brother and sister and other family
members. Aunt Helen was born in Salerno, Italy and was my Uncle Franks (1 of my Mother’s 3 brothers) better half. So for our Christmas Dinner my mother would
make an Antipasto of Salami, Provolone, Peppers, and Olives, followed by Baked
Ziti and a Baked Ham studded with cloves and Pineapple rings.
Joe, his family and my girlfriend Duyen. We had been talking about this famous
Italian Feast a few weeks previous, and were thinking of making it. Joe told me he wanted to have the Christmas Eve Meal of The Feast of The 7 Fishes, known
in Italy as La Viglia (The Vigil) or “La Festa Dei Sette Pesci,” which is also known in Italian-America as The Feast of The 7 Fish, that signify the 7 Sacraments. Now, how’s all that for a mouthful?
environs of Napoli. The Feast of The 7 Fish is a Southern Italian tradition that does not exist in the rest of Italy, it is of the South. La Viglia, or “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” as it isknown to Italian-Americans commemorates the waiting (Vigil) of the Baby Jesus to be Born at Midnight and the Seven Fish represent the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Some also that the Seven Fish might signify the 7 Days of Creation, or The Seven Deadly Sins, but most believe the 7 Fish pertain to the Seven Sacraments.
perform the ceremony. He didn’t need to ask twice. I had never made it before
and was dying to do so. For a long time I had yearned to partake in this celebrated old Southern Italian Ritual, and this was my chance. Naturally I was excited, so was Joe.
The anticipation of the Great Feast to come was of happy expectations and excitement.
Italian origins ever ate these wonderful little bivalves. Now-a-days every-body does. As a young boy I remember my mother sending me to Bella Pizza in East Rutherford to get an order of them for her. She always gave me a few and I have Loved them ever since.
ten-pound box from Silvano in order to get them. The best way to cook langoustines is to split them in half and sauté them on each side in olive oil with a little butter and garlic. We served the Langoustines the same way as Silvano does as we feel his recipe is the best and everybody loves them that way. The Langoustines are served with a salad of thinly shaved fennel and celery dressed in olive oil and lemon with some split cherry tomatoes. Absolutely delicious!!!
Earth, well except for Sunday Sauce of course.
experience. It was a huge success but quite a bit too much work and actually, too much food, everyone was kind of full already by the fifth fish. The following year we decided on incorporating the Seven Fish into three courses instead of seven separate ones as it’s just too much, too much to eat and too much to cook, a lot of work, and who needs to work that hard on Christmas. It was a good decision. We
still had 7 different fish, which is a must. Serving these 7 Fish in three courses was a good idea as it is much more manageable that way, both to cook and to eat.
Calamari, which I would not have chosen again because it was a lot of work, but it was Alex and Joe’s favorite and they said that it was a must. This was our Antipasto Course.
Alexandra and her mom helped me, so the amount of work was cut down
and divided into three, “A good thing.”
into the squid.
Fish required for the meal. It consisted of Mussels, Clams, Lobster, and Scallops cooked with garlic, oil, herbs, and just a touch of tomato.
sour onion sauce (Bacala Fresca Agro Dolce). Everybody went bananas for it especially cousin Joe who raved at each and every dish I put down. It’s a pleasure cooking for Joe as his for eating and for the Italian American way of life, the food, the wine, the rituals. Joe truly Loves and savors the experience, so I always love
to cook for him, Alexandra, their children, or just about anyone for who savors
the experience so well. This goes the same for my cousin Anthony Bellino his wife Debbie and their three girls Chrissy, Danna, and Allison, along with all my
close friends and family.
you give two of life’s great gifts, a tasty Home-Cooked meal combined with a
little bit of Love. Scratch that. “A whole lotta Love!”
The ITALIAN-AMERICAN THANKSGIVING
Yes we have TURKEY with All The TRIMMINGS
But we First Start with ANTIPSTO
Maybe ANPASTO MISTI
Like This One with assorted Salami Olive, Peppers, and Cheese
Then, Being ITALIAN, It’s on to a PASTA COURSE
Most Likely, a Special Treet for THANKSGIVING
Or other Baked MACCHERONI
The, it’s on to The TURKEY
With all its TRIMMINGS
Just like other AMERICANS
“Gotta Have Pumpkin Pie” !!!
ITALIAN PASTRIES and COOKIES
Made From Nonna’s MACCHINETTA
NAPOLETAN ESPRESSO POT
Learn How to Make ESPRESSO at Home
And an ITALIAN-AMERICA
THANKSGIVING iN NEW YORK
ALL in SUNDAY SAUCE
and More …
by DANIEL BELINO-ZWICKE
STAY TUNED, More to Come !!!
MEATBALLS alla SINATRA
ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS
ADVENTURES of THE TABLE
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Ever Dream of taking a Wonderful Journey. A Journey through Italian-American New York and Italian America., complete with pots of Sunday Sauce, Ethereal Bolognese Sauce, Platters of Antipasto, Perfect Espresso, with trays of Cannoli and Sfogiatelle. Do you Dream of one day Eating the famed Christmas Eve, “Feast of the 7 Fish” or crave a perfect plate of Spaghetti Carbonara? Do you have visions of the Amalfi Coast of Lemoncello, Fiano, and a flawless Plate of Linguine al Vongole. Would you like to know how to throw the perfect Italian Dinner Party, complete with Antipasti, Pasta , Chianti, and Dolce, while the sounds of Frank (Sinatra) and Dino play along? Do you want to know which are the best; Italian Restaurants, Caffes, Pastry Shops, and Pork Stores. Would you like to know how to make the Perfect “Negroni” or pick out the perfect Italian Wine and how to make a textbook Bolognese? Where to go in Italy and what to see? If you’d like to live these things, or just read about them vicariously, then take the journey, the Beautifully Wondrous Journey of La Tavola. Eat as Al Pacino, Jake LaMotta, Sinatra, and Dino had eaten over the years. La Tavola is part Cookbook, Guide-Book. Some have said it’s like a Italian-American New York version of a YEAR in PROVENCE, but with Italian Food in New York, and with Italian-Americans instead of French Food, people, and places? LA TAVOLA entertains and Inspires with stories, antidotes, and recipes of Sunday Sauce (Gravy), Sausage & Peppers, Meatball Parms, and the “FEAST of The 7 FISH” Then MANGIA! Italian-American New Yorker’s Adventures of the Table.
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The most important, consulted, and enjoyed Italian cookbook of all time, from the woman who introduced Americans to a whole new world of Italian food.
Essentials of Italian Cooking is a culinary bible for anyone looking to master the art of Italian cooking, bringing together Marcella Hazan’s most beloved books, The Classic Italian Cook Book and More Classic Italian Cooking in a single volume, updated and expanded with new entries and 50 new recipes . Designed as a basic manual for cooks of all levels of expertise—from beginners to accomplished professionals—it offers both an accessible and comprehensive guide to techniques and ingredients and a collection of the most delicious recipes from the Italian repertoire. As home cooks who have used Marcella’s classic books for years (and whose copies are now splattered and worn) know, there is no one more gifted at teaching us just what we need to know about the taste and texture of a dish and how to achieve it, and there is no one more passionate and inspiring about authentic Italian food.
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