Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lucky Luciano New York Italian Meatballs Recipe






JOHN'S of 12th STREET
The MOVIE
WORLD PREMIER
SPECTACLE THEATER
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York
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JOHN'S





JOHN'S of East 12th Street

New York, NY



John's is one of the last of a dying breed of Old School Italian Red Sauce Joints .. John's has been a beloved East Village Italian New York Institution since 1908, making it one of 
New York's oldest Italian Restaurants of which only a few of many remain. John's is one of them.
John's serves classic Old School Italian American food, including classics like; Clams Posillipo, Baked Clams Oreganata, Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Manicotti, and more, including now rare items such as Speedino alla Romano and Veal Sweetbreads.
The wonderful Turn of The Century decor of John's has been lovenly and painstakingly preserved with its 1908 decor still intact. John's is lively and the old school waiters help round out the total picture of Italian Food with great old 1908 decor and animated service from the Black Bowtied Waiters.
Over the years John's has seen the like of; John Lennon, Joe Jackson, Ray Davies, Carol Burnett, Montgomery Clift, Ron Silver, Rockets Redglare, Tom Crruise, Mimi Rodgers, and many other celebrites pass through its doors. Why don't you pass through too? It's great old Italian New York experience.



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IN THE KITCHEN at JOHN'S

The OLD DAYS




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LUCKY LUCIANO

LUCKY LUCIANO




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 SUNDAY SAUCE

LEARN HOW to MAKE MEATBALLS alla SINATRA

RECIPE  in SUNDAY SAUCE

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke


MAKING MEATBALLS at JOHN'S of 12th STREET

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JOHN

aka MIKE ALPERT

Real Name MYRON WEINER

R.I.P.

MYRON SHOWS GUY FIERI How to MAKE MEATBALLS


SECRET RECIPES


SEGRETO ITALIANO





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JOE MASSERIA HITS VALENTI

LUCKY LUCIANO Does The DIRTY WORK 

Outside JOHN'S of 12th STREET

Smarting over the recent attempt on his life, which had left two bullet holes through his hat and another two holes through his coat, Joe Masseria plotted bloody revenge in epic Italian Renaissance fashion.
Chief Assassin
The target of his wrath was Umberto Valenti, a seriously wily character who had blasted those bullet holes through Masseria’s hat and coat. According to the New York Times in 1915, Valenti was:
A former Black Hand extortionist, it was rumored that Valenti had killed over 20 men, a number of whom had been Masseria’s closest advisors. The thirty four year old Valenti was the chief assassin of Salvatore “Toto” D’Aquila, the New York Mafia’s supreme ruler, a Mafioso who was locked in vicious mob war with Masseria and his chief strategist Giuseppe “the Clutch Hand” Morello.
However, Masseria’s seemingly supernatural bullet dodging powers had given the hard noised, but superstitious, Valenti second thoughts. Second thoughts that had him suing for peace and walking into an ambush in one of New York’s most storied Italian restaurants, John’s of 12th Street, on August 11, 1922, a restaurant that has been used as a set on Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos.


Well Dressed Gunmen 
Whether or not Valenti sampled the chicken parmigiana before being croaked has been lost to the winds of history. However, some time around noon, Valenti and six laughing companions emerged from their luncheon. Walking eastward, smiles turned into frowns. Suddenly, Valenti spooked and bolted towards Second Avenue as two slick, well-dressed gunmen whipped out revolvers and fired. Gangland legend holds that one of the shooters was none other than Charley “Lucky” Luciano, Masseria’s newest protégé (the other shooter was probably Vito Genovese).





The FEAST of The 7 FISH
Italian Christmas

Pandemonium on 12thStreet
As the shots flew, pandemonium broke loose on 12th Street. Whirling around, the feared assassin drew a revolver just as a bullet flew through his chest.
A teenage witness told the New York Times:
Luciano’s Escape
Despite Valenti’s death, the friendly Luciano and his pals weren’t done yet. A crowd formed to block the gunmen’s escape so the mobsters opened fire, hitting a street sweeper and a little girl visiting from New Haven Connecticut. The shots dispersed the crowd, and the hitmen disappeared into a nearby tenement.
Should I Bring Pajamas? 
Masseria was arrested for the murder.  During his arrest, he supposedly grinned and asked the police:
… whether he would need a nightshirt remarking, that the last time he slept in the station house they forgot to give him a pillow or pajamas.
For a job well done, Joe Masseria elevated Luciano to a leadership position at his headquarters in the Hotel Pennsylvania. All murder charges were eventually dropped, and Masseria, on his way to becoming Joe the Boss, set his sights on Valenti’s overlord, Toto De Aquila, New York’s boss of bosses.
However, John’s of 12th had another infamous last meal lined up twenty years later. The victim would be Carlo Tresca.






BASTA la PASTA !!!!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Best CAIO PEPE Ever

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SOPHIA LOREN

   

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A Plate of CAIO PEPE PASTA at CACIO PEPE Roma, Italy

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Making CACIO PEPE at Da DANILLO ROME

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The Menu at CACIO PEPE, ROME ITALY

CACIO PEPE is 8 EUROS

or 6 Euros for a Half portion

BEST CACIO PEPE Recipe EVER !!!

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BEST CACIO PEPE Recipe EVER !!!

in The RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK

Best Carbonara Ever










HOW to MAKE SPAGHETTI CARBONARA

GENNARO CONTALDO






SUNDAY SAUCE

by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke








HOW to MAKE PERFECT SPAGHETTI CARBONARA

ANTONIO CARLUCCI






WHER to GO For The BEST CARBONAR in ROME, ITALY



Da Danilo

Vaunted as the best carbonara in Rome, this was the first good carbonara I ate here. Beautifully presented with crispy bacon shards placed on top and swirled throughout the spaghetti, this carbonara is neither too heavy, nor too light, neither too rich, nor too eggy. A little bit goldilocks, this carbonara is just right. The spaghetti is cooked al dente, at first it might seem too much so, but they know what they are doing. Booking is essential.
Via Petrarca, 13. Esquilino area. Tel: 06 772 00111 trattoriadadanilo.it

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Da Enzo

Busy and bustling you couldn’t get a more Roman trattoria. The service is brisk but fun, “Why are you in Rome? English teachers? Can we have lessons?” The last time I went, we were early enough and lucky enough to get a table without a reservation, and by the time we left the queue outside was enormous. Another rigatoni alla carbonara, this pasta dish is cheesy and peppery with the eggy sauce left at the bottom to mix in yourself. Crunchy strips of salty guanciale (just how I like them) completed the dolce/salato, or sweet and savoury, effect. Yum!
Via dei Vascellari, 29. Trastevere Tel: 06 581 2260 daenzoal29.com

Da Sergio

Recommended by my friend Silvia as her especial favourite, Da Sergio is a smallish trattoria hidden away in the side streets around Campo dei Fiori. For those of you who like your food a little more on the rustic side, this is the sort of carbonara for you. Homely and rich with less attention paid to the presentation and more focus on the flavours. Maybe the pasta sauce isn’t quite as silky smooth as some of the others, maybe the spaghetti is not so al dente, but overall a carbonara here is a dish that tastes of home.
Vicolo delle Grotte, 27. Campo dei Fiori area. Tel: 06 686 4293 

Flavio al Velavevodetto

Rigatoni alla Carbonara is served in this Testaccio institution. Generous strips of crispy bacon in a seemingly too bright yellow sauce that reflects the quality of the eggs. With a good balance of flavours, this carbonara was voted the 2nd best in the city, and the best pasta of the day by my fellow diners. Don’t worry about the big portion size in the photograph: it was taken of a large communal bowl!
Via di Monte Testaccio, 97. Testaccio Tel: 06 574 6841 flavioalvelavevodetto.it

L’Arcangelo

The food here is something finer and offers a little more than the average trattoria. However, for their carbonara they stick with tradition. The rigatoni are cooked to perfection and slicked in a silky, glossy sauce. Italian friends who dined with me agreed that this was the real thing. So good, none could possibly go to waste; one friend even fare la scarpetta – wiped his plate clean with bread (literally, “do the little shoes”). What better endorsement could there be?
Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli, 59. Prati Tel: 06 321 0992


SOPHIA LOREN

"Everything You See I Owe to SPAGHETTI" !!!





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PERFECT SPAGHETTI CARNONARA

Da DANILLO

ROMA, ITALY




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Instagram Saint Josephs Day Feast

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Author DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE on Instagram

@xpicassox

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SAINT JOSEPHS DAY Dinner 2017 at CACIO VINO Restaurant in New York City.

Our SICILIAN-AMERICAN FOOD WINE & TRAVEL GROUP

Our Traditional SICLIAN MEAL for SAN GIUSEPPE :

MACCU ( Fava Bean Soup), SICILIAN PIZZA, Pasta con Sarde,

and PASTICCERIA SAN GIUSEPPE SFINCI

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In MEMORY of OUR DEAR FRIEND

VINCENT TITONTE

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John Turturro with Opera Singer Vincent Titone

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Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

and Vincent Titone at a Sicilian American Group Dinner

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Grandma Bellino's Italian Cookbook

RECIPES FROM MY SCILIAN NONNA

by Daniel Bellino "Z"

Favorite Recipes of Sicilian Dishes

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Brunello Madonna Piano Abruzzese

MONTALCINO VINEYARD
 
 
 
 
 
BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO
 
VALDICAVA
 
 
 
 
 
TUSCAN COLLECTIBLES
 
BRUNELLOValdicava
 
MADONNA del PIANO
 
VINCENZO ABRUZZESE
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
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Friteddi Artichoke fava Beans

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 If you’re in the southern hemisphere get to the markets quickly before the spring ends and some crucial ingredients disappear. This dish is a classic Sicilian plate originating in the west of Sicily.  Late in the artichoke season throughout Italy, you will find fave beans being sold right next to artichokes, so it’s inevitable that they will find themselves in some recipes together. The further south you make your way in Italy you will see an increasing abundance of both artichokes and fave beans. The dish photographed above is from Trattoria Piccolo Napoli in Palermo A Slowfood listed restaurant specializing in seafood with a generous offering of vegetable antipasti and side dishes.
 You may know fave beans as broad beans where you come from. Once they are removed from their pods they need to have their skins removed. (This is not absolutely essential and certainly wasn’t done in the past when every little morsel counted.) The easiest way to remove the skin from each bean is to toss them into boiling water for half a minute. Remove and refresh under cold water. You will notice the skin wrinkle and lift off the bean, which then can be easily removed with a knife or your fingers. You can also make this with dried fave beans which will need soaking overnight. It’s not the same as the fresh experience but the flavor is unmistakable. It’s also ok to use frozen peas but remember to halve the weight indicated in this recipe (in Grandma Bellino's Italian Cookbook).
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FRITEDDI alla SICILIANA
aka

FRITELLI
RECIPE in GRANDMA BELLINO'S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER
by DANIEL BELLINO Z

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FRANK SINATRA Eats !!!

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner dine out at Patsy's in New York.
Frank's favorite restaurant. Frank Sinatra's family, on his father's side 
is from the Sicilian town of Lercara Friddi Sicily south of Palermo ... Frank's father
Severio Anthony Martino Sinatra was born in Lercara Friddi in 1892 and immigrated to
New York City in 1903 ... The famed Mafia Kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano was also born 
in Lercara Friddi in 1897 ... His family immigrated to The Lower east Side of New York 
when he was  just 9 years old ... Best Selling Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke's 
Maternal Grandparents Giuseppina & Phillipo Bellino were born and married 
in Lercara Friddi Sicily and immigrated to New York City in 1904 and later relocating
to the Italian conclave of Lodi, New Jersey where Phillipo opened a Shoemaker Shop 
on Main Street where they raised their 4 children Lillian, Frank, Anthony, and Daniel's mother
Lucia ... 


SALVATORE LUCIANO
aka
CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO
Lercara Friddi, Sicilia
ITALY


MANGIA ITALIANO
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