Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Chumleys Greenwich Village

BAR at The New CHUMLEY'S
 
 
GREENWICH VILLAGE , NEW YORK
 
 
"Don't Get 86ed" !!!
 
 
 
 
The BURGER at CHUMLEY'S
 
 
BURGER BURGER
LEARN HOW to Make a Better BURGER
 
 
 
 
 
The SECRET ENTRANCE at CHUMLEY'S
 
 
Somewhere in GREENWICH VILLAGE
 
 
get The BURGER BURGER
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
 
by Daniel Zwicke
 
 
ABIDE in IT !!!
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

No More Pastrami for Woody Allen as Carnegie Deli CLOSED

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Woody Allen & Mia Farrow in Front of THE CARNEGIE DELI

BROADWAY DANNY ROSE

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The CARNEGIE DELI

NEW YORK -- After 79 years of serving up heaps of cured meat to tourists, theater patrons and workaday New Yorkers, the Carnegie Delicatessen will slice its last ridiculously oversized sandwich on Friday. Fans lined up all week for a last bite at the restaurant, which got a star turn in Woody Allen’s 1984 film “Broadway Danny Rose” and remained a stop until the end for out-of-towners looking for the classic New York deli experience. Marian Harper-Levine, President of the Carnegie Deli and a second-generation owner, called the decision to close its 7th Avenue location “incredibly difficult,”   screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-2-22-19-pm   “Along with my daughter Sarri and in honor of my late father Milton, I would like to sincerely thank all of our loyal patrons – tourists, dignitaries, and New Yorkers alike- who have visited Carnegie Deli over the past 80 years,” she said in a statement. “Since my father took over the Deli in 1976, this has been a second home to me and it has been a true privilege and an honor to serve you.” Craig DeGregorio, 38, of Long Island, said he waited for nearly 90 minutes to chow down on its signature dish, a mountainous, $20 pastrami sandwich. “I figured this was the last chance I was going to get to come here,” he said, adding that the visit was also his first. “I really didn’t mind waiting at all. The sandwich was huge. It took two bites to even make a dent.”  The lines in the cold Friday started at 4:45 a.m. Nick from the Bronx said he waited in line for two hours. “I came yesterday, the line was around the corner and I left very sad,” he said. “But I said, you know I’ll give it another shot and I came at 7. Everybody was reminiscent. It was wonderful.”   screen-shot-2017-01-01-at-2-30-02-pm

NO MORE PASTRAMI For WOODY

or ANYONE ELSE

Our Beloved DELI HAS CLOSED

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Woody Allen as DANNY ROSE, The Carnegie Deli

The line was composed of people from all over. “I’m way down in the swamps of South Florida, heard of it, but didn’t know what it was, now I do, so I’m ready to go in,” Steve Osceola told CBS New York. “It is delicious, we will miss it so much,” one woman said. “The best in Manhattan,” a man agreed. When asked whether it’s worth the wait, he responded, “totally, I’d do it again, and again and again.” “It’s worth the wait. My feet are still cold, but this is hot, this is hot,” another woman said. The Carnegie, its walls now lined with photos of celebrities who have eaten there, opened in 1937, drawing its name from Carnegie Hall just a block up 7th Avenue. Aside from the long lines out on the sidewalk (and unusually high prices), the place screams old New York, from its vintage neon sign, to the items on the menu: slices of cheesecake, knishes, tongue and chopped liver, and a $30 reuben. Another patron dining in the final days, Donna Nevens, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, said she wanted to be able to tell her friends she ate at the “world famous Carnegie deli” at least once. “It’s a New York institution,” she said, anticipating she’d order a “Woody Allen,” an overstuffed sandwich of half pastrami and half corned beef. The deli later named the sandwich after the director after he filmed key scenes for “Broadway Danny Rose” there. The deli has also been featured on several television shows, including “Law & Order” and “Dr. Phil.” Although the Carnegie has remained popular with tourists, New Yorkers these days are more likely to go looking for authenticity elsewhere at lower prices. And it’s been a rough few years for the Carnegie. The restaurant reopened last February after being closed for nearly a year amid an investigation into a possible illegal natural gas hookup, discovered after a utility crew found a diverted line while they were investigating a leak. The personal lives of owner Marian Harper and her husband Sandy were thrust into the public spotlight with a messy divorce after she accused him of having an affair with a hostess and slipping her cash and pastrami recipes. The deli was also ordered to pay $2.6 million in back wages to its employees after a labor dispute. Harper has insisted the closure has nothing to do with any of those issues. She’s said her long hours at the deli have taken a toll and she wants to take time to enjoy her life. A spokeswoman for the deli said in September that Harper would focus on licensing the brand and selling products for wholesale distribution. The restaurant is scheduled to close at midnight after a last full day of business Friday. It will still have outposts in Las Vegas, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Madison Square Garden and at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens.    

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OLD SCHOOL JEWISH COMEDIANS

Tell Stories of BROADWAY DANNY ROSE

at THE CARNEGIE DELI

NEW YORK, NY

BROADWAY DANNY ROSE

starring WOODY ALLEN and MIA FARROW

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's the End of Era Da Silvano Restaurant is CLosed in GREENWICH VILLAGE


         



A SAD DAY in GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK


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A shuttered DaSilvano December 21, 2016

THE END of an ERA


It's a sad day in Greenwich Village today, for lovers of good Italian Food and dining out. Famed restaurant to the stars Da Silvano has closed its doors after 40 years in business. Silvano Marcheto of Florence Italy moved to the great city of New York and worked as a waiter at the now defunct Derby Restaurant on Macdougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village before going out on his own in 1976.  Silvano acquired a small storefront that was formerly a laundromat and turned it into a place that would one day become the top celebrity spot in the of New York City. When Silvano first opened Da Silvano back in 1976 his rent was a mere $ 500 a month, it's now $41,000 a month and one of the reasons the restaurant is closing, another victim of a greedy landlord. Silvano knew how to churn out great Italian Food, Tuscan in particular and to take good care of his customers. His customers besides us mere mortals would turn out to be a whose who of Hollywood, the Fashion and Art Worlds, Publishing and Media Big Wigs, and all sorts of celebrities under the Sun which include the likes of; Paul McCarteny, Sting, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Richard Gere, Gwyneth Palthrow, Anna Wintour, and on and on, everbody who was anybody dined at Da Silvano and I myself witnessed the throngs of celebrities that I myself took care of as a Maitre'd / Manager at Da Silvano in its heyday as Celebrity Central of New York. Da Silvano had quite a good run doing a brisk busines for about 30 years until a string of events that began to bring less and less business to the onced packed-every-night restaurant. The first thing that started the slow down turn of business and the great luster of this once booming restaurant was when Grayden Carter the famed Editor in Chief of the celebrity powerful Vanity Fair Magazine went and opened his own restaurant the Waverly Inn. This was the beginning of what would become the end of Da Silvano in December of 2016. Carter who dined at Da Silvano 5 night a week where he had his own regular table opened the Waverly Inn in 2008 and things at Da Silvano immediately began going south. Pracitcally the entire Celeb Crowd that frequented Da Silvano on a nightly basis for years simply Jumped Shipped to Carter's Waverly Inn and Silvano had lost most of his Celebrity Crowd. The US and World economy took a tank and this didn't help things either. I who lived in a building very close to Da Silvano noticed an immediate decline in the restaurants business which I estimated at somehere around 40 to 50 percent until the current situation we now see, the sad day of Silvano Marchetto closing the days of his beloved namesake restaurant Da Silvano in December 2016, it's the end of an Era.





by Daniel Bellino Zwicke












SILVANO MARCHETTO
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SILVANO in Better Days

with Art Dealer Tony Shafrazzi (L)
and Publisher Peter Brandt (R)



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Silvano Marchetto with one of His Beloved Ferrari 's



A PARTIAL LIST of Da SILVANO'S many CELEBRITY & Notable CUSTOMERS                    over The Years ...
AL PACINO
ROBERT DiNERO
JOE PESCI
DAVID BOWIE
GWYNETH PALTHROW
KEITH RICHARDS
RICHARD GERE
WILLEM DEFOE
NICK TOSCHES
DOMINIC DUNNE
CALVIN KLEIN
UMA THURMAN
ETHAN HAWKE
SARA JESSICA PARKER
MATHEW BRODERICK
GRAYDON CARTER
DONALD TRUMP
SAMMY SOSA
SHERYLE CROW
MATT DILLON
LUCY LUI
LOU REED
DEBRA HARRY
JAY McINERNEY
ANNA WINTOUR
SY NEWHOUSE
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE








Da SILVANO used to be Packed Every NIGHT





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Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Mariah Carey Carpool Karaoke

 
MARIAH CAREY
 
 
 
CARPOOL KARAOKE
 
 
Youtube
 
Mariah Carey with James Corden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARIAH & JAMES Belt It OUT !!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BROOKLYN BEST ITALIAN FOOD

 

DiFARA PIZZA

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PIZZA MAESTRO

The Great DOM DeMARCO

This without Question "The BEST PIZZA in NEW YORK"



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Ferdinanda's Foccaceria

GET the "VESTEDDI"

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It'S THE BEST in THE CITY

SICILIAN VESTEDDI SANDWICH

with CAZZILLI (Potato Croquetts) in Background





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COURT STREET ITALIAN PASTRY SHOP






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Gaspar with His Fresh Baked SFOGLIATELLE

COURT PASTRY SHOP





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Mazzola's Italian Pastries

Carroll Gardens Brooklyn NEW YORK



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CANNOLIS 

MAZZOLA ITALIAN PASTRIES





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RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA





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SAINT JOSEPH'S DAY SFINCI

Court Street Pastry Shop



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The Boys at ESPOSITO'S PORK STORE

SAUSAGES The SPECIALTY






SAUSAGE & PEPPERS







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FRANKIE'S SPUNTINO

Court Street


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK




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THE FEAST of THE 7 FISH




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mommys Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers alla Lucia
 
As I walked out of my apartment in Greenwich Village, something hit me. It was an unmistakeable smell ... A smell and aromas that instantly brought me back to my youth and my mother cooking the dish. Yes I know that smell quite well and can easily identify. The smell? Why Stuffed Peppers of course! As the peppers roast, stuffed most likely with ground beed mixed with rice (to strecth-out the beef), garlic and grated Parmiggiano Reggiano with tomato sauce. Yes the smell is quite wonderful and when I remember as my mother cooked the dish often. Stuffed Peppers along with; Meatballs, Stuffed Artichokes, Meatlaof, Eggplant, Braciole, and Stuffed Shells were one of the main-stays of my mothers Italian roots repetoire. A dish I always loved, but releived as I walked out my door the other day, a dish, just like Stuffed Shells and Chicken Cacctiatore that are hardly ever eat these days. I pondered why, and decided there was no good reason and I have to remedy this little delema, and soon.
I haven't had the dish in quite some time,  and decided I must have it soon. I went to the supermarket and got all the ingredients,; the Green Bell Peppers, ground beef, a can of San Marzano Tomatoes, and rice. I bought the Grated Parmiggiano at Raffetto's around the block and I was all set to go.
First things first, so I put the rice on to cook.  I got a little tomato sauce going with garlic, olive oil, Pepperoncino, and the San Marzano's,   I chopped the Italian Parsely, onions, and Garlic for the stuffing, and got things ready.
  I got 6 peppers that I would cut the tops off, then pull out the core inside. 
So the rice had finished cooking and cooled down, and it was time to put in a mixing bowl with the ground beef, garlic, chopped onions, grated cheese, and parsley. Season with salt and Black Pepper, throw in one egg and mix with my hands till everything was well mixed, just they mommy did. The stuffing was ready to stuff into the peppers. Fill all the peppers with the beef mixture, top them with their tops, pot some tomato sauce in the casserole dish, place the peppers in there, and throw them in the oven. In a little more than an hour they'd be done.
I pot on some Sinatra and Louie Prima, cracked open a "Nice Bottle of Chianti," as Anthony Hopkins would say, and waited for the Peppers to cook. 
Now I was making my own again, and I'm sure some of the neighbors were jealous as I was the other day, smelling those tasty Stuffed Peppers one of my neighbors was making, but none would I have. Not that day anyway, but now, and time for others to be wanting and not me. I'm sorry I can't feed everyone. Now anyone who knows me, knows that I love to cook and feed others. My friends, family, whoever, and this often do, of which many will attest to.
Well noone is coming today. I'm gonna eat a couple of these suckers today, and the rest I'll leave in the frig and have 3 or 4 more meals of these babies during the week, Stuffed Peppers, Chianti, and Sinatra, "yes life is good at times," times like these ....
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
LUCIA'S STUFFED PEPPERS
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Daniel Bellino's
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
When Italian-AMericans Cook
 
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Best Ever Minestrone Soup Recipe

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RECIPE : MINESTORNE GENOVESE

Ingredients :

1/4 pound Cannellini or Borlotti (cranberry) beans, soaked overnight

3 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 2 leeks, washed and chopped, white part only 1 medium eggplant (1 pound), peeled and diced 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 2 ribs celery, sliced 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 2 medium tomatoes, diced 2 cups hot chicken broth 4 cups hot water, plus extra if needed 1 cup chopped raw spinach 1 cup diced zucchini 1 cup shredded green cabbage 1/4 pound vermicelli or stelline pasta 3 tablespoons Basil Pesto Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION 

Drain the beans from the overnight soaking water, place them in a pot, cover with water, cook about 30 minutes or until still quite al dente, and set aside.

In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the onion, leeks, eggplant, carrots, celery and potatoes and sauté for about 8 minutes, or until the vegetables just begin to exude their juices.

Add the tomatoes, hot broth, hot water, beans and additional hot water to just cover the mixture. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook covered for about 30 minutes.

Add the spinach, zucchini, cabbage and pasta and cook another 20 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Stir in the pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.



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BASIL PESTO for MINESTORNE GENOVESE and to Sauce the PASTA of Your Choice

Who doesn't Love Pesto ? Well I guess there may be some, but for the most part, just about everyone loves this wonderful no-cook Italian Sauce that highlights some of Italy's most iconic ingredients which include ; fresh garden Basil, Italian Olive Oil, garlic, Pignoli Nuts, and Parmigiano Reggiano . In Genoa and Liguria where Pesto was first born and is famous for there, there are primarily two ways to use this wonderful cold sauce, number one is to coat any one of a variety of pasta shapes to make a tasty pasta dish of Maccheroni & Pesto or pesto's second most important use is as the main flavor enhancer of Minestrone Genovese, the greatest vegetable soup of all.

RECIPE : BASIL PESTO

  • 3/4 cup pine nuts (6 ounces)

  • 5 cups basil leaves, chilled and very dry

  • 6 small garlic cloves, quartered

  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for sealing

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

    1. Put the garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Toss in the nuts, Parmesan, if using, pepper and salt and chop until the nuts are finely crushed, about 1 minute. Add the basil, oil and lemon juice and pulse for 1 minute more, until smooth. 

    2. To store, transfer the pesto to a sterilized jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour a thin layer of olive oil on top of the pesto, seal and refrigerate up to 10 days or freeze up to 3 months.

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