Sunday, March 24, 2019

Positano Amalfi Coast Italy Travel Guide

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Positano

WELCOME to BEAUTIFUL POSITANO

And The ULTIMATE GUIDE to EVERYTHING POSITANO
EAT - DRINK - SLEEP - EXPLORE - SWIM - PLAY - GET AROUND


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The MAIN Beach at Positano


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Pulling Into POSITANO

This is a Great Car ... But it's Best to Leave the Car at Home

GETTING to POSITANO

The BEST WAY

There are several ways to get to Positano, either by Bus, Car, or Boat, and some ways are much better than other ones. 


If you are Flying into the Airport in Naples, you can get Affordable Ground Transportation , directly from the Airport to Sorrento, where you can take a spectacular Bus Ride, or Ferry Boat directly from Sorrento right to the center of Positano. 






POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUIDE

CAPRI - NAPLES - SORRENTO

The AMALFI COAST ITALY





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POSITANO

Wish You Were There ???



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Positano Getting There


NAPOLI DAY TOURS to POSITANO


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How to Get There

Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. arrive 

by FERRARI in "ONLY YOU"



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WHERE to STAY

This is Where Billy Zane, Marisa Tomei , and Robert Downey Jr. Stayed

Le SIRENUSE HOTEL

"ONLY YOU"



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In POSITANO

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Lo SMERALDO
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WHERE to EAT on The AMALFI COAST


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The AMALFI COAST


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SUNDAY SAUCE

Cooking Like

The You're in Positano

The AMALFI COAST

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Clark Gable with Sophia Loren
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The Path of The Gods

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The AMALFI COAST





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VIEW From Le SIRENUSE

Thee PLACE to STAY in POSITANO




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CASA ALBERTINA  ... Positano

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Look at This View ??? !!!!

How'd You like to Have Your Breakfast Here ?

One of Our ALL-TIME FAVORITES CASA ALBERTINA

POSITANO

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Casa Albertina

LUXURY For LESS




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Beautifully Appointed Rooms 


Casa Albertina is a wonderful 1st Class little family run Hotel that is perfectly situated so you get a nice view of the town from just a little way up, yet a short easy teen minute walk to the Beach and Center of Positano. 

I first discovered Casa Albertina way back in 1986 and had 3 glorious days staying there. The son Lorenzo gave me a special rate, seeing I was a young man (22) and probably didn't have much cash. This hotel is beautifully appointed and the entire staff provides the most friendly service. Casa Albertina is an Absolute Gem.

Note : The first time I stayed at CASA ALBERTINA was the Summer of 1986. The owners sone Lorenzo gave me a special rate of $79 a night, and I had an absolutely wonderful time. The next year when I came back, the price had gone up to $119 a night. When I checked the prices in May of 2018, the rate was $279 a night, and actually a reasonable rate for the quality of this hotel, which is not super deluxe, but does make it in to the luxury category of hotels.


CASA ALBERTINA ... Via Tavolozza 3  ... POSITANO , ITALY  ... Reserve a Room .



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Me at Casa Albertina

Breakfast with Nicoletta

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BUCA di BACCO .... Positano

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View From a Room

HOTEL BUCA di BACCO

HOTEL BUCA di BACC  ... Via Rama Teglia 4 ... Positano, Italy ...  tel. 39 081 1892 2289 Click to Book a Room at Buca di Bacco



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The POOL

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A Room at Le Sirenuse




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View From Terrace Bar at Le Sirenuse

Le SIRENUSE HOTEL ... Via C. Colombo 30 , Positano, Italy .. tel. 39 0862 060556 Click 

Here to Book a Room at Le SIRENUSE HOTEL



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View from the SAN PIETRO

One of The Worlds Most Renowned Hotels


For The DREAM VACATION of a LIFETIME



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One of The SAN PIETRO'S FABULOUS Rooms

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SUNDAY SAUCE


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HOTEL ART PASITEA

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View from the Terrazzo at Hotel Art PasItea


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Lounge at HOTEL ART PASITEA


Free Wifi, Free Breakfast, Beautiful Views, affordable Prices ...

HOTEL ART PASITEA  .... Via Pasitea   207, Positano, Italy 

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HOTEL DIMORA FORNILLO

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View from the Terrazzo at Hotel Dimora Fornillo


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A Room with a VIEW
Hotel Dimora Fornillo

HOTEL DIMORA FORNILLO ... Via Fornillo 27 , POSITANO

About 200 Steps up to the Hotel from the Beach and Center of town. AC Free Wifi ... 

Free BREAKFAST    Reserve a Room


VILLA MARIA ANTONIETTA

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View From VILLA MARIA ANTONIETTA

If You're on a Budget, Villa Maria Antonietta is on of The Best Options in Town ...

Posiitano has to be one of the hardest place in the World to find a hotel room, and in the Budget Category, almost but not Impossible. Villa Maria Antonietta is one of your best options if you want to pay less than $150 US Dollars a night. It's almost impossible finding a room here in the high season (April to Mid October).  You have a much better chance getting a room here in the off-season when you can get a room for about $96 a night (US Dollars).
I first stayed here in the Summer of 1985, and was recommended this place by the late Poet RENE RICARD. At the time I paid $40 a night, so considering the way things have skyrocketed here in Positano, that you can get a room for about double the price in 2018, that's pretty reasonable.

The accommodations are basic, but most important, they are clean, the location is Fantastic, you are in Positano and it's relatively Cheap.
If you want to stay in in Summer, Book Far in Advance !!!
Just 1,900 Feet from the Main Beach and Marina to catch Boats (Ferries) coming and going to Positano. 


VILLA MARIA ANTONIETTA ... Via C. Colombo 41 , POSITANO , ITALY 


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HOTEL CONCA D' ORO

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Hotel Conca D' Oro

Positano



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View From Balcony

HOTEL CONCA D' ORO

POSITANO

Afforadable with Average Room Rate of $145 a Night US Dollars
150 Steps Up, about a 15 Minute Walk to The Main Beach


HOTEL CONCA D' ORO  .... Via Boscariello 16 ,   POSITANO , ITALY   Info


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TIPS on GETTING a ROOM in POSITANO and The AMALFI COAST


Positano has to be without question one of the hardest places in the World for the Budget minded to get a hotel room. There are not many options, as most hotels, the prices are astronomical priced. Seriously! This being said, it's not impossible and there are some options available.

We have Compiled a List of Several Affordable (Cheapest Hotel Rooms in POSITANO) Options for the Budget Minded. It wasn't easy, but we did it.

It goes without sayint that's it's markedly more dificult to find a reasonably priced room here during the high season which runs from mid April to mid September, with mid May to the first weel of Septemeber being super busy.

This all being said, if it's possible for you to go in October or April, these two months might be your best possible option. If you have plenty of cash and can afford to pay $300 or more a night for a hotel room, then you won't have as much as a problem.
The other alternative to see Positano if you want to go during the High Season, is to stay in another town like, Paiano right next door to Positano, or Minori, Sorrento or other town near by, and take a bus or Boat to visit Positano, have a nice lunch and do some sightseeing.

Good Luck!

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POSITANO The AMALFI COAST

COOKBOOK & TRAVEL







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At BUCA di BACCO


Positano , Italy Yes a Wonderful Ristorante Amazing View Great Food Excellet Service ... This Hotel and Restaurant is a mainstay of the hugely popular town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Everything about the place is First Class, the hotel of course , the restaurant and a friendly professional staff of waiter, BBs, host, Chef, cooks, and all who work at this establishment. I've eaten here numerous times since 1985, and it's always been a great experience including my latest trip this past May with my cousin Tony. We went for lunch, this was my cousin Tony's first time, and he loved as I always have. I think I created a Monster when my cousin Tony said let's get a bottle of Champagne and a suggested we might get a good quality Italian Sparkling Wine. A few days before we were at Lo Smeraldino Ristorante right on the water in Amalfi. I ordered the Ferrari "Perle" Brut 2007. It was wonderful and Tony was hooked, he loved it, and wanted to get it at almost every restaurant we went to for the rest of the trip. Now back to Buco di Bacco. Tony scanned the Wine List at Buco, he found the Ferrari "Perle" and ordered another bottle (Vintage 2010). We started drinking it and as with the 5 or so bottles of this wine we had on the trip, it was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed. Now when it came to ordering, for Antipasto we got an order of Melanzane Parmigiano (Eggplant Parm) and some grilled vegetables. Now, though we both love eating Seafood when down on the Amalfi Coast, when we saw Meatballs (Polpette) on the menu, we both ordered some. I ordered a plate of Spaghetti Meatballs while Tony ordered just Meatballs minus any pasta.




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The BAR at BUCO Di BACCO


The service as usual was excellent, it was a absolutely gorgeous day in Positano and we were both a couple of Happy Campers outside on the lower Terrazzo of Buca Di Bacco. We both commented on how relaxing and peaceful it felt sitting there on the deck and we both sat back and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and good fortune to having lunch there at such a nice restaurant in the beautiful town of Positano n the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Yes, we knew we were lucky and we were most certainly grateful to be sharing such a memorable meal together, two Italian-American cousins in Italy in Positano, The Amalfi Coast. Basta !


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The WINE LIST

BUCA Di BACCO

Since 1916

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POSITANO  ... I won't give you the address, as you can't miss it. The Hotel and Ristorante BUCA di BACCO is front and center, right at the main beach in the center of town in Positano. If by some insane reason you have a problem finding it, just ask, it's right down near the water.  telephone :  39 081 837 0723

PS ... If you can Afford It? The Hotel is Wonderful.



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A Great View of POSITANO from a outdoor table at Da VINCENZO


That's the terrazzo of Caffe Positano where all the people are sitting outside, which if you started going to Positano long ago, you may know that spot as the old BAR DeMARTINO, one of my favorite places ever in Positano, but sadly no longer there. Anyway, this is a spectacular spot to get an Aperitivo, have lunch or dinner, and just enjoy the moment and the beauty before you, and just how "Lucky" you are to be in this Gorgeous Place, known as Positano. 

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Italian Cookbook Author (Me)

Daniel Bellino Zwicke, Enjoying Lunch
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Been Going there Since 1985

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Yes, I started going to Da Vincenzo way back in 1985. Ever Since my first trip to the lovely little Seaside Town on The Amalfi Coast, that was yet to be discover by the masses all around the World. Yes, there were people who had heard about this gorgeous place, but not nearly as many as do now. Yes, Positano for the most part was still relatively un-known back then. That's before Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. made the movie ONLY YOU that brought the town to the attention of so many more Millions of people then had ever even heard of the palce before. Anyway Cei la Vie.

Now back to Rene Ricard and myself and how I discovered and went to Da Vincenzo way back in the Summer of 1985 (Bar DeMartino also). It was just a few days befor my long awaited first trip to Italy, Spain, and the South of France when as I waas walking down 2nd Avenue one night I ran into my friend Alma who was with the Poet RENE RICARD. We were all chatting on the street when I emntioned my trip. When I said I was going to Rome, Venice, and positano, Rene got quite excited and told me the best places to go to in Rome, Venice and Positano. So besides all the info Rene gave me on Rome and Venice, he told me all about Positano and where to stay and where to eat which included going to Da Vincenzo where Rene told me I'd get the Best Plate of SPAGHETTI VONGOLE that Id' ever have in my entire life.


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View From a Table at La CAMBUSA


La CAMBUSA ... Piazza A. Vespucci / Spiaggi Grande  POSITANO ... tel # 39 089 812051

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Linguine Frutta di Mare , La CAMBUSA 



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La CAMBUSA

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Out of most of the places we went in Positano this was easily best. They are so friendly and the food was perfect while overlooking the beach. Our first night they were about to close and stayed open for us to get a light bite and a great bottle of wine and we told them we would be back and they didn’t not disappoint. The seafood pasta was amazing and once again the staff was accommodating. I couldn’t recommend this place more. Enjoy Positano and really get to know the people because it’s a great place.

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Le PERGOLA

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La CAMBUSA and The Piazza Amerigo Vespucci

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LATTERIA "Alimentari"  ... Via Pasitea   , POSITANO


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LATTERRIA

"Some of The BEST FOOD in All of POSITANO"



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FRITTATA FORMAGGI ARANCINI PANINI MELANZANE SALUMI e FRUTTA

The Selection at "LATTERIA" is AMAZING

And You Can Take it out and Eat on Their Lovely Little Terrazzo
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The Terrazzo at "LATTERIA ALIMENTARI"

We just lucked out and stumbled into this place for sandwiches while we waited for check in time at our hotel. We took them down to the beach and ate them on benches. Several people came up and asked where we got them! They were delicious and SO reasonably priced. Fantastic! .




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The GIRLS at Latteria Positano


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Eat out on The Terrace or Take Out to Your Hotel Room or Apartment
or for Your BEACH LUNCH

They've got everything you need : Water, Wine, Sandwiches, Fruit, Rice Balls, Cheese, Salami, Eggplant Parmigiano, Frittata, Olives, Sweets, everything. .


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Daily Specials at LATTERIA POSITANO


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Delikatessan

Yes another deli  (Salumeria). Believe it or not, Salumerias / Rosticerias have some of the best food in almost every city in Italy, and so is the case in Positano with Latteria Deli and here at Delikatessen. We decided to grab some food to take back some food to enjoy on our balcony. The food was of great quality and very reasonably priced. We bought some Pasta, Panini, and Eggplant, Arancini (Rice Balls) . Everything was super tasty. They make greay Sandwiches (Panini) that a great to take along with some Fruit and Arancini for an awesome Beach Lunch. If you are staying in Positano for a while and don't want to eat out all the time then this is a great option. They have a great wine selection if you like to do as we do and keep a bottle or two back at our room , as well as fruit and  bottled water which you always need.

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In The KITCHEN at DELIKATESSEN

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Look at This Awesome Panino

Eggplant, Salami, Mozzarella, Peppers



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One of the Girls at DELICATESSEN

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View from Beach Club La SCOGLERE

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"My own personal Favorite Beach in Positano"

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Arienzo Beach

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Spiaggi Grande

The Main Beach of Positano



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Fornillo Beach is a Great Spot with Several Nice Bars and Restaurants


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3D BEACH MAP
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The AMALFI COAST 


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The Boat to Da ALDOLFO

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tre Bicchieri New York Italian Wine 2019

   
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Great Italian Sparkling Wine
 
TRE BICCHIERI 2019
 
 
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It's taken me a couple weeks, but here it is. My take and thoughts on the 2019 TreBicchieri Italian Wine Tasting - New York. Was disappointed the last 2 years, but this year was great. Back to the good old days of Tre Bicchieri.
  
I am always excited at the prospect each and every year of going to the most important New York Italian Wine Tasting of the Year, The Tre Bicchieri Italian Wine Tasting of Italy's finest wines. This wine tasting which historically is conducted by the magazine that is known by American Italian Wine people as the "Wine Spectator of Italy," Gambero Rosso whose book Gambero Rosso - Italian Wines is the Premier Wine Tasting of the year.
 
This book published by Gambero Rosso Publications, of the organizations Best Italian Wines of The Year, which are Tre Biccheri Award Winners, Tre Bicchieri translating to "Three Glasses," whereby wines from every corner of Italy are meticulously tasted and judged by Italian Wine Experts of Italy. Wines are awarded 1, 2, or 3 Glasses for the best wines. A book is published of all the wine estates of any importance from all over Italy, from each and every wine region, and all the estates from these regions.
 
The TRE BICCHIERI Wine tastings which are held in Italy and all throughout the World in cities like; New York, Chicago, SanFrancisco, Boston, Milan, Rome and ...
 
 
 
 
MY FAVORITE PROSECCO of Them ALL !!!
 
VILLA SANDI PROSECCO CARTIZZE
 
 
This Prosecco is absolutely The BEST !!! Trust me on this one. You will not find a better Prosecco anywhere. If you Love Prosecco and the "Finer Things in Life" then this is the Prosecco you should be drinking, Villa Sandi - Prosecco "Cartizze"  , from the Cartizze Zone of the Valdobbadene where the World's Finest Prosecco comes from. 
 
TASTING NOTES : Villa Sandi Prosecco Cartizze
 
COLOR
 
Very pale straw yellow and an intense, fine and persistent perlage.

BOUQUET

Intensely fruity aroma with clear hints of ripe golden apple, exotic fruit salad and citrus fruits; a persistent flowery aroma reminiscent of acacia and wistaria flowers.

FLAVOUR

Fresh, dry and austere but at the same time agreeably smooth. A fine froth develops in the mouth liberating soft fruity sensations.
WHY is It Calle CARTIZZE ?
Superiore di Cartizze. The hill of Cartizze is a 305 metres (1,001 ft) high vineyard of 107 hectares (260 acres) of vines, owned by 140 growers. The Prosecco from its grapes, of which comparatively little is produced, is widely considered to be of the highest quality, or even the "Grand Cru" of Prosecco.
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAURA FELUGA
 
Of LIVIO FELUGA
 
 
Laura Felluga, holds just one bottl of her family's famed White Wines from Collio, Friuli in North Eastern Italy, where Italy's and The Best White Wines in the entire World are made.
It was great seeing Laura Felluga at this years Tre Bicchieri NY. I've long loved her family's fine wines, especially their Pinot Grigio, which is my all-time favorite of any Pinot Grigio at all, of which this wine and grape varietal are often maligned as being tasteless and of low class as far as the wine world is concerned. "Not," especially in the case of Liveo Fellugo who to me makes the benchmark of the species, a wine that is always a great pleasure to drink.
The Livio Felluga premium wine "Terre Alte" was their Tre Bicchieri award winner, and a fine wine it is. Laura gave me a taste, I took a sip, made an assessment and we discussed. "I loved it," I let Laura know. It tasted quite fine, with rich creamy Tropical Fruit and Almond flavors, the wine was a delight to drink. It's a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Baino, and Friuliano (Tocai) grapes, and is the estates premier wine, and though it is a great wine and nice to drink every now and the, I'll take the Pinot Grigio almost every time. 
I told Laura how much I love their Pinot Grigio and that I feel it is the best one on the market, a feeling I've had ever since I first tasted it, way back in 1997 when I opened America's 1st ever Venetian Wine Bar (Bacaro), Bar Cichetti in Greenwich Village New York. I remarked to Laura how I loved the Copper Color that Felluga's Pinot Grigio usually has, a true sign of the highest quality when it comes to Pinot Grigio. Laura agreed. I thanked her for the tasting and little chat, I told her to say hello to her Dad, and I said goodbye (Ciao).
 
 
TERRE ALTE
 
Created in 1981, Terre Alte is considered one of Italy's most prestigious white wines. The balanced blend of Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon grapes, estate-grown at Rosazzo in the historic Terre Alte vineyards, yelds a superbly elegant wine with a profusion of intense fruit and flower aromas. A wine of outstanding structure, Terre Alte acquires a wonderfully complex bouquet of tertiary aromas with bottle aging. 
 
 
 
In Friuli, and far beyond this special land of very special people and wines, the name Livio Felluga is synonymous with all that is best in the oenological heritage.

The long family tradition extends over five generations, back to the days when the Felluga's were making Refosco and Malvasia in their native Isola d’Istria. 
Seventy years ago, the family’s skills were transferred to Friuli by the eldest son of the fourth generation, Livio, whose great privilege it is to be regarded as the patriarch of viticulture and winemaking in the region.

In the 1950s, Livio set up the cellar at Brazzano, sealing his love for the hill country with the far-sighted purchase of the first Felluga vineyards at Rosazzo.
 
 
PINOT GRIGIO GRAPES
 
LIVO FELLUGA VINEYARDS
 
 
 
Pinot Grigio "Livio Felluga." This celebrated variety derives from a bud mutation of Pinot Noir. Pinot Grigio favours cooler climates and finds its ideal habitat on the hillsides. Livio Felluga's vinification technique gives the wine finesse and elegance while preserving the faint coppery highlights that are Pinot Grigio's hallmark. Without doubt, it is the best-known Friulian wine around the world. 
 
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CASTELLO ALBOLA CHIANTI CLASSICO Riserva
At TRE BICCHIERI
NEW YORK 2019
READ more about CHIANTI
At BELLINO on CHIANTI
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READ ABOUT ITALIAN WINE
And ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS
ADVENTURES of THE ITALIAN TABLE
In La TAVOLA
RECIPES and ?
"EVERYTHING YOU WANTED to KNOW ABOUT CHIANTI"
"BUT WERE AFRAID to ASK" !!!
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Ferari "Perle"
At BUCO di BACCO
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May 2018 
This is a bottle of Ferrari "Perle" that my cousin Tony and I polished off at Buco di Baco Ristorante in Positano one day for lunch. I will never forget all the tasty bottles of Ferrari sparking Italian wine my cousin Tony and I drank on our trip to Positano, Sorrento, Salerno, and the Amalfi Coast in the Summer of 2018.
I created a Monster when Tony handed me the wine list and told me to pick out a nice bottle of Champagne. After looking the list over and seeing the great Italian Sparkling Wines, that are every bit the equal to many French CHampagnes, I tole Tony, "They have a lot of good Italian Spaklere. Let's get one of them." Tony said, "OK," and we did, and Tony just loved it and for the rest of the trip almost every time we were having lunch or dinner, Tony wanted to order a bottle of Ferrari, and so we did., and I shall never forget all those ttasty bottles and times on restaurants, trattorias,. and hotels (Le Sirenuse, Positano) on the Amalfi Coast , Italy.
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This is the label that identifies the best Italian sparkling wine in the world, able to meet the challenge of time and become truly legendary.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Me on Positano Amalfi Coast Italy

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Me in POSITANO

On The Via Pastea

My 4th of 5 Trips so Far

June 2015

I first visited Positano in the Summer of 1985, and was blown away by its beauty. I was just 23, and when you are a young man, everything is magnified, and you can get completely enthralled as I did in first Rome, then Florence, Spain, The South of France (Nice & Monaco) and finally Positano , on my final leg of a month long vacation to Italy and other parts of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean .

I will never forget that first time on the Amalfi Coast and how the region completely captivated and charmed me. I got off of the Circumvesuviano Train that take you from Naples to Sorrento and stops at all the towns in-between on the Sorrentine Coast. I was told to get off the train at Meta to catch the Blue Bus that would take me to Positano, and so I did. I had to wait a half hour for the bus, so I got an Apricot Juice and some Gelato (new Favorite Thing 85) at the little caffe at the station.

I ate my tasty gelato and waited. The bus finally came, I hopped on to take what would be the most enchantingly gorgeous bus ride of my entire life. The bus road along that famous road the Amalfi Drive and I was just blown away by such beauty as I had never seen. The views from the bus were spectacular, whetherlloking down to glistening Azur Sea, or up the sheer cliff that sprung from the sea to the heights were The Path of The God lay. It was incredible, and again I will say, "I was completely enthralled and captivated.

After a few miles going along this spectacular road, Positano appeared in the not too far distance. Wow, it was absolutely and positively beautiful, and again, I was captivated by it all.

I got off the bus at the Bar International. I went into the bar to freshen up and have another cold drink, before making my way down to my hotel Villa Maria Antonietta, a place my friend, the poet Rene Ricard recommended I stay at. I finished my Lemon Granita, grabbed my bags and lugged them down some of the many stairs and the alley ways the town is also famous for. Yes many stairs. I was in Positano and having the most charmed time of my life, and all was blissful and fine.   Excerpted from my forthcoming book,  POSITANO - Capri The Amalfi Coast Due to be released for Publication some time in 2019 ... In the mean time, for more on Positano, visit my website Positano The Amalfi Coast  for stories, articles, and guidance to the magiacal coast of Amalfi, the city of Naples, and the islands of Ischia, Capri, and Procida. For BOOKS : Visit my Author Page on AMAZON.com  

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The Beautiful Town of POSITANO

On The AMALFI COAST

ITALY

VISIT Positano-The-Amalfi-Coast.com

 

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STORIES of POSITANO

The AMALFI COAST

ITALIAN FOOD in ROME

NEW YORK - VENICE - NAPOLI

And ALL Over ITALY

 

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5 STARS For MANGIA ITALIANO

"So GOOD" !!!

A Readers Review on AMAZON.com

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Vastedda in New York and Palermo Sicily






la VASTEDDA







VINNY's la FOCACCERIA

VASTEDDI and PINKY RINGS

at ROCCO'S

"Never Marry a WOP"

A line from GODFATHER II

Freddo's Wife is Drunk and making a spectacle of herself on the dance floor.

When Corleone Henchman ROCCO drags her off the dance floor, she

blurs out, "Never Marry a WOP, they treat their wives like shit."


Basta !







Vastedda Maritata

at ANTICA FOCACCERIA San FRANCESCO

PALERMO , SICILIA


"The Best and most Famous place in the World to get a VASTEDDA,

aka Pane Milza (Muesa)





ANTHONY BOURDAIN

In Search of an ITALIAN GRANNY

of His VERY OWN




COOKING SICILIAN

NONNA BELLINO




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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Best Cheap EATS in POSITANO - Cafes Deli Salumerias






DELIKATESSEN

POSITANO

POSITANO Can Be Quite EXPENSIVE !!!

Find Out WHERE to GET







FIND OUT WHERE ?

To GET This AWESOME PANINO

In POSITANO





MANGIA IATALIAN

PANINI PASTA PIZZA

The WORLDS BEST ITALIAN FOOD

In NEW YORK

POSITANO ROME

The AMALFI COAST

ITALY



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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Italian Dinner BAR PITTI NewYork







INSALATA CAPRESE

With BURATA at BAR PITTI






Best Selling Italian Cookbook Author


DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

Has Dinner with his Cousin Joe Macari

Of MACARI VINEYARDS , Mattituk NEW YORK





BAR PITTI

GREENWICH VILLAGE

NEW YORK






WORLDS GREATEST BOLOGNESE SAUCE

SECRET RECIPE


By DANNY BOLOGNESE




The #BestTHINGiEVERate


THE BEST THING  I EVER ATE !!!





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Sebastiano Rosa SASSICAIA Angel Gaja

[vimeo 77945022 w=640 h=480] ANGELO GAJA BELLINO BAROLO & BARBARESCO in NEW YORK from DANIEL BELLINO on Vimeo. .

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Sebastiano Rosa and Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke

at WINE SPECTATOR GRAND TASTING in NEW YORK

Sbeastiano is a Partner at Agricola Punica in Sardegna and form Winemaker of the Legendary Italian Wine SASSICAIA from Bolgheri on the coast of TUSCANY .

Daniel Bellino-Zwicke is widely known as one of New York's Top Italian Wine Guys, and the Best Selling Author of such books as SUNDAY SAUCE and Grandma Bellino's Sicilian Cookbook . .

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SEBASTIANO ROSA Drinking some wine He made, The 2007 SASSICAIA

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A SIX - PACK of SASSICAIA 1985

Precious Stuff !!!

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AGRICOLA PUNICA 

SARDEGNA

Agricola Punica is a new vineyard in Sardinia from Winemaker Sebastiano Rosa with close ties to the legendary Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) in Tuscany. In Sardinia they make two wines, “entry level” Montessu and the more ambitious Barrua.  Agricola Punica is a partnership including the family behind the Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia) and a wine cooperative in Sardinia. They started the project in 2002 and have set the goal high.