Thursday, May 10, 2018

Clemenza s Godfather Sunday Sauce

GET YOUR SUNDAY SAUCE MEATS
 
From MOE THE BUTCHER
 
At ALBANESE ITALIAN BUTCHER SHOP
 
MARtiN SCORSESE'S BUTCHER
 
ELIZABETH STREET
 
NEW YORK , NY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
. Watch Author Daniel Bellino "Z" and his Cousin Tony Make  SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA .
 
RAFFETTO PASTA
 
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SINCE 1906
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Monday, April 23, 2018

MayoChup Recipe

 
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  LEARN HOW to MAKE YOUR OWN  "2018's HOTTEST NEW THING"

 

MAYOCHUP RECIPE :


INGREDIENTS :

  1/4 Cup Best Quality Mayonnaise (We like Hellmanns)
  1/4 Cup Best Quality TOMATO KETCHUP (We like HEINZ)


  Directions :
  1. Place both the MAYONAISE and The KETCHUP in a Small glass or ceramic bowl.
2.  Mix together with a spoon until both  ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

Congradulations! You have just made your first batch of MayChup. Spread it on Sandwiches, Burgers, and Hotdogs, or use it as a dip. Enjoy!



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Thursday, April 5, 2018

ROCK N ROLL and COFFEE NewYork



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This Painting Perfectly Typifies GROUNDED COFFEE

As There are Numerous NUDES hanging on The CAFE WALLS



Today is Thursday April 5th 2018, and my second time at Grounded Coffee Cafe on Jane Street in Greenwich Village, New York. My second trip in 2 days and certainly not my last, as for sure I will come here many more times. This is a great little cafe in a World were cafeshave become few and far between. Well in New York anyway. And to be more specific, in Manhattan and downtown in Greenwich Village, a place that should have many wonderful cafes in each and every part of this wonderful neighborhood that we call The Village.  For many years, the only cafes in the whole of Manhattan were more or less in just two spots. Those two placces being Little Italy and Greeniwch Village where you had Caffe Dante, Caffe Reggio , Caffe Borgia, Caffe Vivaldi and others. Did you notice that these places are caffes spelled with tow F's and not one as most people know as in cafe. Two ffs is the Italian way to spell Caffe and al these caffes mention were of the Italian Variety, not French and not American like this one, Grounded Coffee. Well it's not even called a cafe, but never-the-less it is, and a very good one at that. Grounded Coffee has eeverything a great cafe needs : # 1 they've got Great COFFEE which is and absolute must. Two, the place is comfortable and welcoming and has the kind of vibe a good cafe needs. Three, they place great Music, which helps to make the great vibe. Four they have cool people, both the Employees and the customers made of the usual cafe sprinkling of students, writers, artist, and ordinary people who love good Coffee or Tea, and being out in cafes, whether on their own ; reading, writing, surfing the Net, or simply just hanging out, relaxing and enjoying their cafe beverage of choice. And number 5, in this day and age (Now 2018) Free and good Wifi. Grounded Coffee has been open since 2004 and me being the Cafe-Hound that I am, I can't beleive it took me so long to find this place. I came across the place one night walking around the Village. I just peeked my head in to chceck it out to see if it was the kind of Cafe that I like and if I would want to come back. It was. It is. About a week ago I thought about it when I wanted to go to a cafe one night and didn't want to go to one of my usual places but was hankering for something new. I thought about Grounded and wanted to go there, but couldn't remember exactlt where it was and didn't feel like walking around aimlessly for 20 minutes or so, so I didn't even give it a shot. Two nights ago on my way over to Western Beef to buy some Sweet Italian Sausages for my Sauce, I just happened to pass by, a boy I was happy I did. I had plenty of time to get over to the grocery store so I decided to pop into Grounded and have a Coffee and finally check out the scene in this good old cafe. Well it was wonderful. The cafe was nice and relaxing, they played Great Music (Great CLASSIC ROCK), like The ROLLING STONES, and the vibe was nice. Speaking of the Vibe, it was the sort of Hippy-ish with its numerous Ceiling Fans, many potted and hanging Plants, Mix & Match Furniture, and Art Students Paintings hanging on the walls. It was Love at First Sight. I  ended up staying 2 and a half  hours before heading out to get my Sausage & Tomatoes  for the SAUCE So, anyway, that's it for now. Plain and simple, Grounded Coffee is a Great Cafe and a gift to the neighborhood of Greenwich Village and the People of NEW YORK and the many tourist who visit our Great City. I Thank You, The PEOPLE of GRANDED COFFEE , Daniel Bellino Zwicke


They Play GREAT MUSIC

Mostly CLASSIC ROCK : "I LOVE IT" !!!

  Today's Set List :
  SWEET - YOU LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN
  FREE RIDE by Grand Funck Railroad
  The ROLLING STONES - Gimme Shelter

  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

  DONOVAN "LOLA" PINBALL WIZARD - 

The WHO

PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE of THE MOON

LED ZEPPELIN
  JIM MORRISON
  The DOORS

STEPPINWOLF "MAGIC CARPET RIDE"

MARK BOLAN "GET IT ON BANGA GONG" 

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE "DON'T YOU WANT SOMEBODY TO LOVE" ?

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rafetto Pasta Since 1906

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ROMANA RAFETTO


The MATRIARCH of RAFFETTO'S

GREENWICH VILLAGE

NEW YORK
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RAFETTO'S PASTA SHOP

HOUSTON STREET

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SUNDAY SAUCE

Daniel Bellino "Z"

LEARN HOW to MAKE SAUCE


To GO ALONG with YOUR RAVIOLI


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Interview with SARAH RAFETTO


RAFETTO PASTA SHOP

GREENWICH VILLAGE




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GREENWICH VILLAGE ITALIAN

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EATING RAVIOLI  SUNDAY SAUCE

MEATBALLS

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Greenwich Village Italian

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FAICCO'S

Bleecker Street

GREENWICH VILLAGE

 

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FLORENCE ITALIAN MEAT MARKET

ITALIAN BUTCHER

JONES STREET

 

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JOHN'S PIZZERIA

Since 1929

 

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Hangin at MONTE'S

100 YEAR OLD ITALIAN RESTAURANT

In GREENWICH VILLAGE

NEW YORK

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Tony The BARTENDER

And a PRIME RIB of BEEF

At MONTE'S TRATTORIA

GREENWICH VILLAGE

 

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CAFFE REGGIO

PACINO , DYLAN , PRESIDENT KENNEDY

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PORTO RICO COFFE

"It's ITALIAN"

Since 1906

 

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Al Pacino

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Caffe Vivaldi

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Some of The Regulars at ARTURO'S

   

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JOE'S DAIRY

Fresh MOZZARELLA

(Sadly has Closed)

 

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Cornelia Street CHARLIE

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RAFETTOS'S

RAVIOLI / HOMEMADE PASTA

Since 1906

 

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ARTURO'S

Coal Oven PIZZA

GREENWICH VILLAGE

 

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VESUVIO'S

ITALIAN BREAD BAKERS

Photo Copyright 2011 Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

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LOMBARDI'S

America's 1st EVer PIZZERIA

Circa 1925

 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

New York Italian RED SAUCE JOINTS

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JOHN'S of East 12th Street
 
NEW YORK , NY
Photo Copyright 2016 Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
Gino’s of Lexington Avenue? This restaurant was one of the most special restaurants that ever was. Ask any of the few hundred regulars who ate there so many times a year. How many you ask? Well, there are regulars who ate there 2 to 3 times a week, some once a week, some one or two times a month, and some maybe four to six times a year, but all regulars. That’s how it goes with regulars in restaurants, and this is a solid foundation that all good restaurants need to succeed in New York. Gino’s had a pretty long history for its regulars to enjoy for any number of years. The restaurant opened in 1945 by Gino Circiello and two partners, was in operations for 65 until it closed in 2010 after losing their lease. Needless to say this was a sad day for all its devoted regulars which included the likes of; Gay Talese, David Suskind, Frank Sinatra, many luminaries along with numerous businessmen and women, and people in the fashion business, publishing, law, and all sorts of businesses. Gino’s customers loved and revered the place, a wonderful Italian Red Sauce Joint where you could get a great meal of solid Italian classic dishes, at reasonable prices, with good service and a perfect ambiance that included one of New York’s last remaining telephone booths and the famed Zebra wallpaper. And it was the clientele that really made the perfect ambiance that was Gino’s, which was par excellence.
Gino’s was filled to capacity each day and night for lunch and dinner, jammed with people doing business, or just simply having a great time eating Baked Clams Oreganta followed by Linguine w/ Clam Sauce, Chicken or Veal Parmigiano or perhaps a daily special like Veal Ossobuco or braised Lamb Shanks, the food was always good at Gino’s, everything was. The people just loved it there. The vibe was always great, livelyThere was Gino and later on Michael Miele (a former employee who became the owner), there was of course the Zebra Wallpaper, the old-school waiters, the tasty food, and the clientele themselves that filled the air of Gino’s dining room with good natured chatter and that special feeling that a room full of happy people makes. And you were always more than happy when you were in Gino’s.
Yes, Gino’s was a restaurant that’s now known as an Old School Red Sauce Joint. This being a restaurant that had pretty much the same standard dishes that so many people love, millions in fact. The menu had items like; Caprese Salad, Baked Clams, both Casino and Oreganata, Seafood Salad, Spaghetti w/ Tomato Sauce, or Bolognese, Manicotti, Ravioli, and Gino’s famous Pasta Segreto with their famed Secret Sauce. You had all the most popular chicken, fish, and veal dishes, dishes like; Chicken Parmigiano, Veal Saltimbocca, Veal Piccata, Veal Milanese (Sinatra’s favorite), Shrimp Scampi, Clams Posillipo another Sinatra favorite, Lobster Fra Diavolo and the sort of solid Italian food that Italian-Americans and the rest of their American brethren all loved and still love, regardless of what snobbish food critics may say or think. For Gino’s clientele knew what was real, and Gino’s was as real as it got. If you asked Frank (Sinatra) he’d set you straight, “Gino’s is the Real Deal Baby.”
Well, so sadly, Gino’s closed in 2010. It was a sad day indeed, and for regulars an actual tragedy, we lost our favorite clubhouse of all. A place that was so special and uniquely wonderful you just can’t replace. Yes a sad day indeed. Gino’s was irreplaceable, it’s a sin that it died, never-the-less it did. This was a crime, a crime against New York, Italian-America and Gino’s many devoted fans. If you knew Gino’s you’d surely agree.
Yes, even Gino’s a historical Old School Italian joint came to an end and died, a fate happening all over the country. We’re losing our wonderful beloved Red Sauce Joints. Places that are a part of American history, the history of Italian-America and even of Italy, as it was the citizens of our motherland who came here and created Italian-American Cuisine and Red Sauce Joints like our beloved Gino’s and other restaurants just like it all over America. Farewell to Gino’s and places like Rocco’s in Greenwich Village and all of our famous red sauce joints of years gone by.
Now hold on a minute. Yes we’ve lost many a great red sauce joints in the past years, and even still. But guess what? With places like Frankie’s Spuntino and Carbone in Greenwich Village, Red Sauce are now hip and as beloved as ever. They’re among one of the hot new restaurant and food-trends of most recent years. Unfortunately, Carbone is very expensive. Frankie’s on the other hand is not, it’s quite reasonable and in the true spirit of Old School Italian-American restaurants. Let’s hope this trend continues and instead of so many flashy restaurant that are not in the spirit of old school Italian-America, we need to get more restaurants like Frankie’s and Rubirosa. And if we’re lucky some day, maybe someone will open another Gino’s complete with all the old dishes like Pasta Segreto and the Scalamandre Zebra Wallpaper of course, of which Gino’s would not be Gino’s. Gino’s we miss you so.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Waiter Chats The Customers
 
With The Famed ZEBRA WALLPAPER
 
 
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So now it’s a sad state of affairs when we talk of these wonderful old Red Sauce Joints of our lives. We’ve had many good time there; family dinners, meals with friends, and courting and such. These places provide the perfect ambiance with great food, wine, and the animated waiter or two. But sadly not many are left. As you know, we lost Gino’s a few years ago and numerous good old restaurants before that. In Manhattan where I live it doesn’t even take the fingers of one had to count how many old Italian Red Sauce Joints are left. There’s Rao’s up in East Harlem, one of the all-time great new York City old-school Italian Restaurants with just the right ambiance and wonderful old-school Italian food, but guess what, you can’t get in. The place is sort of an exclusive club where people have a table reserved once a week and there’s never any opening, unless you know one of these elite in the know people, just Fuggetabout-it!
So there’s Rao’s up in East Harlem, Patsy’s in mid-town, and John’s of East 12th Street down in the East Village. John’s opened in 1908 and is still in business. Not only is it still in business, but the place has been wonderfully preserved and retains its original décor from 1908, the old tile floor, murals of Italian Cities and places like Venice, Rome, The Bay of Naples, and more. They still have the original bar and autographed pictures of movie stars and other celebrities from a large part of the 2oth Century.
The menu at John’s has most of the expected Red Sauce dishes like; Spaghetti with White or Red Clams Sauce, Veal Saltimbocca, Chicken Scarpara, Veal Piccata, Speedino of Mozzarella alla Romano, Baked Clams Oreganata, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna, and Canneloni. The kitchen churns out real solid food with standouts being there Baked Clams and their Speedino alla Romano which is without question the best in the city.
John’s has quite a history with Lucky Lucciano being a regular once upon a time, along with numerous mobsters back in the day, and John’s has seen the likes of The Ramones, Cindy Lauper, John Lennon and other luminaries walk through its doors.
There’s one other old Red Sauce Joint around the corner from John’s, and that’s Lanza’s on 1st Avenue and 11th Street. Lanza’s is actually a few years older than John’s opening in 1904. Lanza’s is pretty nice and a good part of it has been preserved, although a few years ago they made some changes to the décor which sort of ruined it a bit. Lanza’s has that great classic red sauce joint menu with items like Spaghetti Marinara, Pasta Fagioli, Manicotti, Braciole, Cannoli, and the like.
Now we come to Patsy’s on West 56th Street in mid-town Manhattan. Guess what? This was Frank Sinatra’s all-time favorite restaurant, he ate there hundreds of times over the years and just loved it. It’s a great restaurant and if you go there, why not get some of Frank’s favorite dishes? Frank’s favorites were; Clams Posillipo, Spaghetti Marinara, and Veal Milanese. And yes, Sinatra went to Gino’s now and then, but it’s a well known fact that Patsy’s was his favorite.
Well, that’s about it on red sauce joints, they’re a dying breed I’m sorry to say. If you’ve never been to John’s, you must check it out. This place is like a museum. Truly. The owners have preserved its décor in an admirable manner, and what you see now is pretty much what Lucky Luciano would have seen a 100 years ago. You’ll get a wonderful experience here of days gone by. An experience you’ll not find at too many places, so grab it while you still can. That was Gino’s.
 
 
 
EXCERPTED From MANGIA ITALIANO
 
Memories of Italian Food
 
2007 by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
 
MANGIA ITALIANO
 
 
Read About JOHN'S - GINO'S
 
 
RAO'S , PIZZA , PASTA
 
 
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In MANGIA ITALIANO
 
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

America s Best Burger

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  The late great JOSH OZERSKY once proclaimed The BURGER at Raouls' French Bistro on Prince Street in Soho, New York "America's Best Burger." Well, the Burger is pretty Dam Good but we don't think we'd proclaim it the Best in America. Maybe among America's Best, but we'd not say America's Single # 1 Best Burger in the USA. We loved Josh, we miss him and his wonderfully unique style and utter enthusiasm, and that when he loved something, he call it "New York's Best," or America's Best as in the case for Josh's love for the Burger at Raoul's of which just 12 are made per night. We highly respect Josh and his decision, and Josh was usually right or not far off the mark, so we'll call The Burger at Raoul's one of New York's Best, or one of America's most wonderful Burgers, just not the single best. Basta !  




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Inside Raoul's





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A Night at RAOUL'S

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REMEMBERING JOSH OZERSKY

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