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Me Phillipe Petit and Cappuccino at Reggio



October 2020

Pandemic of 2020

I spent a lot of time at one of my long time favorites, Caffe Reggio during the 2020 Pandemic in New York. They let me sit inside when indoor seating in bars, restaurants and caffes was not permitted. They opened up again and I started going every single day, beginning in September 2020. I went to get out of the house, get my coffee (cappuccino), get on my computer, do some writing, and promotion of already published books. I went to Caffe Reggio 2 times a day, and some days I even made 3 stops. I did a good bit of writing and by the end of January 2021, I had finished writing my book Positano The Amalfi Coast Cookbook / Travel Guide, and it was published on February 7th 2021, and up for sale on Amazon .com .. “Another in the Bag, as they say.”

I have been going to Caffe Reggio since I was just 15 years old, when I’d hop on a bus in East Rutherford and take into the Port AUthority Bus Terminal in New York. Once at Port Authority I’d take 3 escalators down to Subway level and hop on the A Train and make my way downtown to Greenwich Village, taking the train to the West 4th Street Subway Station, where I’d hop out and make my way to Washington Square Park with my 35mm Camera to hangout, watch the musicians, jugglers, and other street performers perform, and what not. I’d shoot a couple rolls of film, walk around and have a great time. I loved it. I was just a kid of 15, having some fun, and learning a little about life.

One day I was so very fortunate. I was hanging out in the middle of the park when this guy dressed all in black tight and a black top-hat rolled up to where I was, he was riding on a unicycle and he had a blag bag slung over his shoulder. He stopped and hopped off the unicycle, not saying a word. As it would turn out, he would not say a word at all. He was a mime. But that was not all he did. He pulled some things out of his bag. He had balls, juggling pins, a long piece of rope and other things. He started juggling the balls. The the pins. He took the piece of rope and tied one end to a tree, and the other end to another tree. It was about 7 feet off the ground. Once it was set up, he got up on top of it and started tight rope walking, and jumping on it. The he pulled out 3 balls and started juggling them as he balanced and walked upon the rope, miming all the time. This guy put on a wonderful show, and I justed loved it. Of course I took pictures. To this day, it still remains one of the best performances of any kind that I’ve ever seen in my life, and I’ve seen some wonderful shows. I’ve seen the great Frank Sinatra perform 7 times, I went to 4 Tony Bennett concerts, I’ve seen Diana Ross, 2 of The Beatles, The ROlling Stones, numerous Broadway Shows, Tome Jones, The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and a score of other shows.

Now I’m not saying this guy was better than Frank Sinatra or The Rolling Stones, just that his little show in Washington Square Park ranked up there with them. A few months after seeing this guy in the park, the same guy did something that no one had ever done, or will ever do again, just him. This guy that I saw do this great little sort of circus show, did something completely unique and historical in New York, on August 7, 1974 he walked a tight-rope between the Twin Towers, 1,368 feet above the New York City pavement below. “Incredible.” The man was none other than the great Phillipe Petit.

When I saw him do his little show in Washington Square Park a few months earlier I had no idea who this man was, or what he would do a few months later, walking 8 times back and forth from one World Trade Center to the next. To this day, it is still one of the greatest and most memorable moments in New York City History, and people still marvel over this mans great feat.

Phillipe Petit Walks a Tight Wire over The Twin Towers

August 7th 1974



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Hello folks, boys and girls, Ladies & Gentlemen, “it’s here!” What? POSITANO is Here !!! The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK / TRAVEL GUide by me, Daniel Bellino Zwicke has been published and is live and for sale on Amazon on this day and on into the future for many years, Positano The AMalfi Coast Cookbook / Travel Guide is live and ready to go to all of you waiting and planning that special trip to Capri, Positano, Ravello or anywhere that your heart desires of the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy. “How bout that?” It’s a very happy day for me, I’ve been working on this book for almost two years, and now here it is on February 8th of the year 2021, after the horrible year we had last year (2020), a better and happier year and day and many happy days ahead in 2021 and-on-and-on. You can now get yourself a copy POSITANO , this the first book on Positano & The Amalfi Coast that is a Cookbook, Guide Book, and book of essays and stories on Positano, Capri, and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. “Yee-haa!”

So, if you’re planning that special Positano / Amalfi Coast vacation, honeymoon, wedding or whatever, and you need a little help planning, and seek some inspiration and ideas for your special vacation, why not start here and grab a copy? The book is filled with information, recipes, and delightful stories that are sure to get those travel juices flowing. Just read the stories and get all pumped up by the future prospects of your dream vacation on the Amalfi Coast, a wedding in Ravello, or Romantic Honeymoon on Capri, or Positano. You will start as you read through the pages of this book and maybe making a plate of Mussels Marinara or Spaghetti Vongole, just two of the many wonderful recipes in this book. This is part of Daniel’s plan and how he envisioned this book to inspire through the stories and cooking some of the wonderful dishes that are favorites in Naples, on Capri, Positano, and all over the Amalfi Coast. Make these dishes to get psyched for your trip, as well as reliving memories of the favorite things you ate in Positano once you are home. This book will help you achieve these things.

Thanks so Much,


“POSITANO it’s HERE” !!!!


Positano Kindle and Paperback Editions almost Ready for Publication



Yes it’s almost ready for Publication. It took a year and a half to do, but the happy day of publication is nearly upon us. Just a matter of a few days. Everything is ready for the Kindle Edition, both files are in, the Cover file and the mobi manuscript file for the Amazon Kindle Edition of Positano The AMalfi Coast Cookbook / Travel Guide is in, and the Publication day is set fro February 11th 2021 … The Kindle Edition is up for Pre-Sale on Amazon as we speak. It’s scheduled to go on line for instant purchase on February 11th, but I’m wondering if it may go up soon. The Paperback Edition should be up around the same time, still working on the final touches of the formatting of the manuscript, almost done, but not complete. Almost.

This is What The Book Looks Like on KINDLE

Every step is exciting, so I’m Posting this.


“Thanks so Much. Daniel”



POSITANO ! It’s Almost Here – The Amalfi Coast Cookbook Travel Guide on Amazon for Pre-Sale

POSITANO The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK – Travel Guide is up on Amazon in it’s 1st stage of Life on Amazon, which is as a Pre-Sale. I’m happy to see the book up on an Amazon sales page up for resale. I’m not really that concerned about doing sales right now, but it’s so good to see the book up on page, so see the cover which I’ve been getting loads of compliments about it. People love it, and I do as well, and I must thank my graphic designer Art in England for that. I’ve been working with him for the past 9 years and he has done amazing work for me, designing 8 beautiful book covers for me. “Thnks Art, much appreciated.”
POSITANO The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK – Travel Guide, book description on AMAZON.com … CLICK HERE to Go to the PAGE
Positano The Amalfi Coast Cookbook – Travel Guide is like no other book that has been written on Positano, Capri, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast. It’s not just a travel guide, cookbook, or essays on this intriguing part of Italy but a Travel Guide / Cookbook combined with delightful stories of Positano, Capri, Naples, and the whole of the Amalfi Coast. The book is designed to educate, inform, and inspire your preparation for a trip to the Amalfi Coast and its surrounding area, an area that has unmatched beauty anywhere in the world, and one of the primary reasons that millions see a trip to Positano and the Amalfi Coast as the ultimate dream vacation and romantic local for the Ultimate in Honeymoon Paradise. These are the feelings that this one of the most enchanting spots in the Earth has become one of the top vacation destinations of the World, a place to vacation, honeymoon, even to be married in at places like Villa Cimbrone (gorgeous) in Ravell, il San Pietro, le Sirenuse, or Palazzo Murat in Positano, or on the Isle of Capri, it’s all so very pretty and enchanting.
Bestselling Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke has crafted this book with stories, recipes, advice, and information on how to prepare for the most memorable vacation trip of your life, whether this is the first, second, third, or 10th time going to this The Devine Coast of Amalfi, the islands of Ischia, Procida, or Capri. Daniel is no newcomer to the area. He made his first trip to Positano, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast of Italy way back in the Summer of 1985, and has been returning ever since. He has gained a wealth of knowledge of Naples, Capri, and The Amalfi Coast, of which he imparts to the readers of this book through the travel guide information, delightful stories that entertain, inform, and inspire. And as Daniel is a bestselling Italian Cookbook author he has included over 100 regional recipes of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. The recipes that he’s gathered (written down) over 35 years, and has put down on paper within the walls of this book, in order for the reader to recreate their most cherished dishes they’ve eaten in Naples, on Capri, at Da Vincenzo or Chez Balck in Positano, or a charming seafood lunch in the small fishing village of Cetara. You will be able to cook the favorite dish you had on the coast. The recipes will educate you on the food of the region, as well as help you re-create memories back home.
So if you’re looking to plan a trip to the Amalfi Coast, cook the food when you’re back home, and to be inspired by the food, the restaurants, hotels, Ancient Roman Ruins, the natural beauty, and warmth of the Italian people, this just might be the book for you. We hope it is, and would love to tag along on this, your Journey of a Lifetime, in Positano, Capri, Naples, and the stunningly gorgeous Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy. “Adiamo” !!!
Note : There are no pictures in this book, just stories, recipes, and a wealth of information. But if you want Beautiful Pictures of Positano & The Amalfi Coast? We have created a Companion Website for this Book with Hundreds of Beautiful Pictures of Postiano, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast @ Positano-Amalfi-Coast.com … Just Google “Positano Amalfi Coast Daniel Bellino”
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So, the Kindle Edition of POSITANO The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK / Travel Guide is ready for Pre-Sale Now and will be up on on Amazon Kindle on February 11th 2021 …
The Paperback will be Available on Amazon.com the next day on February, 12, 2012 , so it will be available for Valentines Day 2021. Why not get a Copy for your Sweet Heart?

Italian Christmas FEAST of The 7 FISH

Mangia Italia
The Feast of The 7 Fish
My Aunt Helen used to make the famous Italian Christmas Eve Dinner, “The Feast of 7 Fishes,” The 7 Fish of the Seven Sacraments. I know she made it because I
used to hear her talking about it when I was a little kid. Although I shared
many wonderful meals with my dear Aunt Helen, I never had the pleasure of
having the famous Christmas Eve Dinner “La Vigilia” Feast of 7 FishFeast of 7 Fish with her. We always had Christmas Eve dinner with the immediate family and Aunt Helen had the Christmas Eve with her brother and sister and other family
members. Aunt Helen was born in Salerno, Italy and was my Uncle Franks (1 of my Mother’s 3 brothers) better half. So for our Christmas Dinner my mother would
make an Antipasto of Salami, Provolone, Peppers, and Olives, followed by Baked
Ziti and a Baked Ham studded with cloves and Pineapple rings.
The first time I ever had the mystical dinner was about 12 years ago with my cousin
Joe, his family and my girlfriend Duyen. We had been talking about this famous
Italian Feast a few weeks previous, and were thinking of making it.  Joe told me he wanted to have  the Christmas  Eve  Meal of  The Feast of The 7  Fishes, known
in Italy as  La Viglia (The Vigil) or “La Festa Dei Sette Pesci,” which is also known in Italian-America as The Feast of The 7 Fish, that signify the 7 Sacraments. Now, how’s all that for a mouthful?
This Dinner, La Vigilia originated in Southern Italy, especially in and around the
environs of Napoli. The Feast of The 7 Fish is a Southern Italian tradition that does not exist in the rest of Italy, it is of the South. La Viglia, or “The Feast of the  Seven Fishes” as it isknown to Italian-Americans commemorates the waiting (Vigil) of the Baby Jesus to be Born at Midnight and the Seven Fish represent the Seven Sacraments of  the Roman Catholic Church. Some also that the Seven Fish might signify the 7 Days of Creation, or The Seven Deadly Sins, but most believe the 7 Fish pertain to the Seven Sacraments.
So Joe asked me if I wanted to make this festive and all important dinner, to
perform the ceremony. He didn’t need to ask twice. I had never made it before
and was dying to do so. For a long time I had yearned to partake  in  this celebrated old  Southern  Italian Ritual, and this was my  chance. Naturally I was excited, so was Joe.

The anticipation of the Great Feast to come was of happy expectations and excitement.
And what for the menu? I know Aunt Helen made Bacala, Shrimp Oreganata, Mussels, Baked Clams, Calamari, Octopus, and eel, all much Loved Southern Italian (especially Napoli and Sicily) Creatures of the Sea. We decided which fish we wanted and how  to  cook each one.  Much thought and planning went into the menu and its execution.  Joe wanted; Langoustines, Lobster, and Bacala. Alexandra asked if I would make Stuffed Calamari. We also decided on Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Clams Oreganata, and Cozze al Posillipo. The menu was set. Duyen helped me with the Calamari which we stuffed with Shrimp, parsley, breadcrumbs, and Peas. We braised the Calamari with tomato, White Wine, and herbs, and if I must say so myself, the Calamari came out superbly.  The Stuffed Calamari were a lot of work to make, but well worth the effort as they were a huge hit with all. The Macari boys, Joey, Edward, and Tommy, as well as sister Gabriella,  Alex, Duyen,  Jose  and Sergio from Barcelona were all in
The Mussels Posillipo were cooked with garlic, white wine, parsley, and tomato. The sauce is great to dip your bread into. This dish was one of my mother’s favorites back in the days when few Americans other than those  of
Italian  origins ever ate these wonderful little bivalves. Now-a-days every-body does. As a young boy I remember my mother sending me to Bella Pizza in East Rutherford to get an order of them for her. She always gave me a few and I have Loved them ever since.
Joe helped me to cook the Langoustines. They are hard to find and I had to order a
ten-pound box from Silvano in order to get them.  The best way to cook langoustines is to split them in half and sauté them on each side in olive oil with a little butter and garlic. We served the Langoustines the same way as Silvano does as we feel his recipe is the best and everybody loves them that way.  The Langoustines are served with a salad of thinly shaved fennel and celery dressed in olive oil and lemon with some split cherry tomatoes. Absolutely delicious!!!
The Lobsters we prepared the best way possible, the New England way, steamed and served simply with drawn butter and lemon wedges. There’s nothing better on
Earth, well except for Sunday Sauce of course.
Well, that Christmas Eve Dinner The Feast of Seven Fishes was quite a wonderful
experience. It was a huge success but quite a bit too much work and actually, too much food, everyone was kind of full already by the fifth fish. The following year we decided on incorporating the Seven Fish into three courses instead of seven separate  ones  as it’s just too much,  too much to eat and too much to cook, a lot of work, and who needs to  work that hard on Christmas.  It was a good decision. We
still had 7 different fish, which is a must. Serving these 7 Fish in three courses was a good idea as it is much more manageable that way, both to cook and to eat.
On this Feast of The 7 Fish in “3 Courses” we decided to make the Stuffed
Calamari, which I would not have  chosen again  because it  was  a lot of work, but it was Alex and Joe’s favorite and they said that it was a must. This was our Antipasto Course. 

Alexandra and her mom helped me,  so the amount of work was cut down
and  divided into three, “A good thing.”
The stuffed calamari took care of two of the seven the shrimp that were stuffed
into the squid.
The second course (Primi) of Linguine Frutti de Mare consumed four of the Seven
Fish required for the meal.  It consisted of Mussels, Clams, Lobster, and Scallops cooked with garlic, oil, herbs, and just a touch of tomato.
The seventh and final fish was fresh Cod that I roasted and served with a sweet and
sour onion sauce (Bacala Fresca Agro Dolce). Everybody went bananas for it especially cousin Joe who raved at each and every dish I put down.  It’s a pleasure cooking for Joe as his for eating and for the Italian American way of life, the food, the wine, the rituals. Joe truly Loves and savors the experience, so I always love
to cook for him, Alexandra, their children, or just about anyone for who savors
the experience so well. This goes the same for my cousin  Anthony Bellino his wife Debbie and  their three girls Chrissy, Danna, and Allison,  along  with all my
close friends and family.
It makes cooking a joy rather than a chore. When cooking for family or friends,
you give two of life’s great gifts,  a tasty  Home-Cooked meal combined with a
little bit of Love.  Scratch that. “A whole lotta Love!”
If you don’t want to go so crazy, with 7 Fish as it’s quite an undertaking, you should try to do an odd numbers; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11. Three (3) is a Nice Number and Represents the Holy Trinity of The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Buon Natale!
by Daniel Bellino “Z”