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La TAVOLA Italian Food Adventures

 

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La TAVOLA

ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS

ADVENTURES of THE TABLE

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

AVAILABLE on AMAZON … Click

 

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. 

 

With 30 of The BELLINO FAMILY’S FAVORITE RECIPES

 

 

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Marcella Hazan

ESSENTIALS of CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING

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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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Daniel Bellino Z Goes Back to SICILY

 

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AUTHOR DANIEL BELLINO “Z”

EATING at a TRATTORIA

PALERMO , SICILY

 

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The BELLINO’S

LODI , New Jersey  1939

NONNO , MOMMY , UNCLE TONY , NONNA GIUSEPPINA

Missing for Photo are sister Lilly , and Brothers , Frank and James

 

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Author Daniel Bellino “Z”

at The TEATRO GRECO

SIRACUSA

 

CLICK to GO BACK to SICILY

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Recipes From My SICILIAN NONNA

by DANIEL BELLINO “Z”

How to Make SINATRA Sunday Sauce

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YOU LOVE SINATRA?
 
YOU LOVE SUNDAY SAUCE?
 
 
 
LEARN HOW To MAKE “SUNDAY SAUCE alla SINATRA” from a GUY WHOSE FAMILY COMES From The SAME TOWN in SICILY as The SINATRA FAMILY, as Well as LUCKY LUCIANO, “LERCARA FRIDDI, SICILY  … Daniel BELLINO and The BELLINO FAMILY where author Daniel Bellino’s Grandfather was a Shoemaker in Lercara Friddi as was Frank Sinatra’s Grandfather …
Learn How to Make SUNDAY SAUCE alla BELLINO all SINATRA with Daniel’s Famous Recipe for this renowned Italian-American Favorite. Daniel’s new book “La Tavola” Italian-American New Yorkers Adventures of The Table is filled with Wonderful Stories of Italian-American Life, especially as it is Centered around The Table and kitchen and of Family and Friends, the same as Frank, Sinatra that is, Italian-America’s All-Time Favorite Son. “Francis Albert Sinatra,” The Greatest Singer / Entertainer of The 20th Century.
If Frank was still alive, we’re sure he would have loved this one SUNDAY SAUCE for it’s great spirit of The Italian-American way of life, the Food and Kitchen. There’s even a whole chapter devoted solely to Sinatra, not many Food related books can say that. None in fact. Yes we are sure the great one Frank Sinatra would have really enjoy SUNDAY SAUCE by fellow Lecarese descendent Daniel Bellino “Z” and his it’s many wonderful stories and recipes of Italian-America, with recipes of; Sunday Sauce, Meatballs, Italian Wedding Soup, Pasta Fazool, and much more.
Yes Sunday Sauce, “We Love It,” we’re pretty sure Frank would have as well and that you’ll Love it too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
by Fellow Lecarese Descendent Daniel Bellino “Z”
The BELLINO’S and SINTRA’s both being from LECARA FRIDDI SICILY
BASTA !!!
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The Pope Greenwich Village …….. Sunday Sauce

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 took My Thumb Charlie !!! I didn’t want to Give The Poor Bastard Up but It was My Life Man!!!!”

In an Italian neighborhood of Greenwich Village, cousins Charlie, a maître d’ with aspirations of someday owning his own restaurant, and Paulie, a schemer who works as a waiter, have expensive tastes but not much money. Paulie gets caught skimming checks, and he and Charlie are both fired. Now out of work and in debt, Charlie must find another way to pay his alimony, support his pregnant girlfriend Diane, and try to buy a restaurant.

Paulie comes to Charlie with a “can’t-miss” robbery, involving a large amount of cash in the safe of a local business. Charlie reluctantly agrees to participate, and they manage to crack the safe with help from an accomplice, Barney, a clock repairman and locksmith. But things go sour, resulting in the accidental death of police officer Bunky Ritter, who had been secretly taping “Bed Bug” Eddie Grant. Charlie soon learns that the money they stole belongs to Eddie.

The mob figures out that Paulie is involved, and not even his Uncle Pete, part of Eddie’s crew, can help him. One of Paulie’s thumbs is severed as punishment.

Diane leaves Charlie and takes his money to support their unborn child, while Paulie is forced to work as a waiter for Eddie. He gives the mob Barney’s name but initially refuses to identify Charlie as the third man involved. However, under pressure, he is forced to rat on his cousin. Barney leaves town and Charlie mails him his cut of the loot. And when Charlie makes $20,000 on a horse, things begin to look up.

Charlie prepares for a showdown with Eddie, armed with a copy of the tape that the police officer made. But at the last moment, Paulie puts lye in Eddie’s coffee. Then he and Charlie casually walk away from Greenwich Village.

CAST:

Mickey Rourke as Charlie Eric Roberts as Paulie Daryl Hannah as Diane

Kenneth McMillan as Barney Burt Young as Eddie Grant Jack Kehoe as Walter “Bunky” Ritter Geraldine Page as Mrs. Ritter

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Learn How to Make CHARLIE & PAULIE’S Favorite Italian Dishes

UNCLE PETE’S and “BEDBUG EDDIE Too” !!!
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Sinatra and His Favorite Foods

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A Young Frank Sinatra  ….  Hoboken, New Jersey

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Frank Sinatra

“Come Fly with Me” !!!

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PATSY’S  “Franks Favorite Restaurant”

 

Frank’s Favorite Restaurant in The World, was Patsy’s on West 56th Street in New York, in The Theater District near Times Square .. Frank’s Favorites were; Calms Posillipo, Spaghetti Pomodoro,  Veal Milanes (extra Thin & Crispy) and Spaghetti & Meatballs of which patsy’s makes The Best in The City ..

PATSY’S is by far the restaurant most associated with SINATRA — on its website, the restaurant notes that it “has been known for years as the restaurant Frank Sinatra made famous.” You can still order up old-school Italian there, but you might not have the exact same experience as Sinatra, who was said to have entered through a special door to sit at a reserved table on the second floor. Sinatra became especially loyal to the restaurant after making a solo Thanksgiving reservation one year, not realizing the restaurant was slated to be closed that day. Patsy Scognamillo didn’t want to turn Sinatra away, so he allowed the reservation. He also didn’t want Sinatra to know the restaurant was opened just for him — so he had the entire staff bring their families to fill the place up, something Sinatra didn’t learn until years later, according to Patsy’s lore. The restaurant still celebrates its connection to Sinatra: At right, in 2002, Joe Scognamillo served actor Bill Boggs, who had dressed up as Sinatra . (236 West 56th St.)

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FRANK & AVA GARDNER Mangia Bene !!!

FRANK & AVA GARDNER
Mangia Bene !!!

 

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FRANK & DINO

FRANK & DINO

 

 

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PJ CLARKE’S

3rd AVENUE, Midtown MANHATTAN

SINATRA ‘S ALL-TIME FAVORITE BAR / SALOON

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FRANK'S FAVORITE ITALIAN BREAD ... PARISI on MOTT STREET, LITTLE ITALY, New York, NY

FRANK’S FAVORITE ITALIAN BREAD … PARISI on MOTT STREET, LITTLE ITALY, New York, NY

FRANK’S FAVORITE ITALIAN BREAD

PARISI BAKERY MOTT STREET

LITTLE ITALY, NY NY

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FRANK'S FAVORITE PIZZA

FRANK’S FAVORITE PIZZA “PATYSY’S”
East Harlem

FRANKS FAVORITE PIZZA

PATSY’S in EAST HARLEM

No Relation to PATSY’S on 56th STREET

PASTY'S PIZZERIA

PASTY’S PIZZERIA

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SINATRA at JILLY’S New York with Friends and Daughters NANCY and TINA

Frank loved going to his close Pal JILLY RIZZO’S New York Restaurant JILLY’S where Frank would eat Chinese Food, tell stories, and drink JACK DANIEL’S to the Wee Hours of the morning …

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SUNDAY SAUCE

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Dean Martin looks on as Sammy Davis Jr. pours Frank a Jack Daniels

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Jack Daniel’s and Frank Sinatra

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FRANK SINATRA with Cigarette & JACK DANIELS

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Dom of DOM’S BAKERY Hoboken , New Jersey

FRANK SINATRA had DOM Send him BREAD to Palm Springs , California

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FOCCACIA From DOM’S BAKERY

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GRANDMA BELLINO’S COOKBOOK

“RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA”

by Daniel Bellino “Z”

Author Daniel Bellino “Z” has the same ancestral Sicilian Roots as Frank Sinatra and one Charles “Lucky” Luciano who was born in LERCARA FRIDDI SICILY , as was Frank SInatra ‘s father Martino Severino Sinatra and Bellino ‘s maternal grandparents Giussepina Salemi and Fillipo Bellino who both immigrated from Lercara Friddi to New York through Ellis Island in 1904 . In 1906 Luciano ‘s parents immigrated and settled on the Lower East Side of New York when young Charlie (Salvatore ) was 9 years old.

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Charles “Lucky” Luciano

Born in Lercara Friddi

Lucina

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SINATRA’S Favorite PIZZA !!!

PATSY’S in Eats Harlem , New York NY

2287 1st Avenue neat 117th Street

Opened in 1933 by Patsy Lancieri

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The 21 CLUB

A Favorite SINATRA Haunt For Years

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SINATRA arrives at The 21 CLUB with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Good Friend and Bodyguard JILLY RIZZO and a U.S. SECRET SERVICE AGENT

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The 21 BURGER

LEARN HOW to MAKE IT !!!

Click for RECIPE

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Saint Joseph’s Day Sicilian Celebration

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St Joseph

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San Giuseppe

The March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph , the day when, in Italy , we also celebrate all thedads and is the festival that opens the door to the Spring .
The festivities in honor of the Patriarch St. Joseph are widespread in many cities and towns of the Sicilia . the figure of St. Joseph , foster father of Jesus and husband of Maria , is deeply felt and venerated, also demonstrated by the many Sicilians who bear his name. in the memories of most Sicilians is the memory of the picture, the statue or printing of St. Joseph in her arms the Child Jesus , in plain sight in the homes of our grandparents . the Holy Patriarch is loved even today, as a symbol of ‘ honesty , of’ humility , of ‘ love and family , and sacred values absolutely be protected. in Trapani , in many municipalities belonging to the Diocese ofMazara del Vallo , as Campobello di Mazara , Castelvetrano , Santa Ninfa , Salemi , are set up altars to honor the patriarch St. Joseph . in almost all the countries of the Diocese is celebrated rite of the ” Dinner of the Saints “: the Saints knock on the door asking for hospitality; twice they are not accepted. The third opens wide the door and the Saints enter the house, where you will eat dinner. A Salemi you start with dinner on March 19th when we celebrate the religious rite of the ” Dinners San Giuseppe “, last a week, with exhibitions and exhibitions food and wine ; are set up altars decorated with lemons , twigs d ‘ laurel , orangesand the typical ” bread ” manufactured by local women into veritable works of art. The ” bread” in the shape of the symbols of Pentecost , like the fish , the three nails, scale, or make reference to nature; devotees who organize dinner must prepare a meal with 101 dishes , made from vegetables , grains , fish , fruit and sweets of every variety. After dinner there is the rite of the blessing of the ” bread ” which are then distributed to the children, who represent the Holy Family and the many visitors who came to attend the ” Eaten there for Saints .” In Sicily , each holiday has a flat or a traditional sweet and the list would be so vast to enumerate them all to risk of forgetting is always someone. At the Feast of St. Joseph , on the

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Sfinci San Giuseppe

St Josephs Day Pastry

tables there was a menu special kind: according tradition imbandire you had a board with various kinds of foods, especially with the bread (symbol of fertility and prosperity) to give refreshment to pilgrims and fugitives; this custom recalls the escape of Mary, Joseph and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod’s order to kill all the firstborn males. We start from the first course, as the famous pasta with sardines and wild fennel , or the virdi soup of San Giuseppi (legumes and vegetables with leftover pasta of various types) from Palermo, or even the ” ministredda of”Augusta (whose ingredients must be nineteen). the ” maccu “, known throughout the region but especially in the Syracuse area, composed of dried beans , lentils , spinach , onions ,dried chestnuts , oil and … more; He was present in every home and you had to send a sign of hope, family, friends, neighbors and even the poor of the neighborhood. And then thebeccaficu sardines , broccoli and ” sparaceddi ” and many other dishes, not meat, because we are in the period of Lent . Finally the cake, with the preparation of Sfinci of St. Joseph . It is afried sweet typical of Sicily , widespread especially in western areas of the island, originally produced in Palermo , is part of the cultural and traditional heritage of the region.

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SFINCI

The origins of sfincia are very old, seem to date back to the Persians, and there are traces both in the Bible and in the Qur’an , although under different names.
As for the ‘ origin of the name , there are several schools of thought: according to some, the name derives from the Latin ” spongia ” (sponge), while others derive from the Arabic ” isfanǧ ” (sponge), a name that was given to the special soft pancakes, irregularly shaped, and, precisely spongy, that Arabs ate covered honey or sugar .
the transformation of the Arab sweet fried sfincia we know is due to the Poor Clares of theMonastery of the Stigmata of St. Francis (the monastery was demolished in 1875, stood on the site where today we admire the Teatro Massimo ), who dedicated the sweet to the Holy of the Meek , St. Joseph .
later, the skill of confectioners Palermo turned the humble sweet delicacy in enriched withricotta cheese and candied fruit that, in recent times, you can enjoy all year round.

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Saint Joseph’s Day Pasta

RECIPE in GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK

RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER

by Daniel Bellino Z

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GREAT SICILIAN HOME-COOKED RECIPES

FROM SCILIAN GRANDMOTHER GIUSEPPINA SALEMI BELLINO

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