The Publication of Grandma Bellino ‘s Italian Cookbook




Available on Amazon Kindle .. Available in paperback July 31, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hello! I am pleased to announce the publication of my latest book, Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook  –  Recipes From My Sicilian Grandmother ..  It is now out and available on Amazon Kindle, and will be available next week in Paperback , publication Friday July 31, 2015  .. It’s been a labor of love to get this one out. Well, they’re (my books) all a labor of love, and this one is no exception. The book is comprised of recipes from my Sicilian Grandmother Giuseppina Bellino who left Lercara Friddi Sicily with her husband Philipo (my maternal Grandfather) in 1904 for the shores of New York and a new a better life in America .. My maternal grandparents Philipo and Giuseppina settled in in the Yorkville section of Manhattan and lived and worked there for a few years before moving to the Italian enclave of Lodi, New Jersey where my grandfather Philipo set up a shoemaker shop on Main Street in Lodi .. My grandfather worked hard and he and his wife Giuseppina had five children; my mother Lucia, her sister Lilly, and their three brothers Frank, Tony, and James .. My grandfather worked hard, but never made much money .. Often times their low earnings reflected in the family meals which where heavy on Soups and Pasta, and not all that much meat or fish on its own, never-the-less the Bellino’s had a good healthy life .. My grandmother had wonderful recipes from back in Lercara Friddi, and she made friends in Lodi with women who came from Abruzzo, Napoli, Lazio, and Calabria and had regional recipes of their own. The ladies became friends and talked about and swapped the local recipes, so although this book is made mostly of Sicilian recipes from Giuseppina, there are Neapolitan recipes and one from Calabria, and Abruzzo as well. There are also recipes from Giuseppina’s offspring and grandchildren like myself, my cousin Tony and my sister Barbara. The dishes and recipes in this book are filled and come from love, and do hope that people will cook and enjoy this eclectic collection of Sicilian and other italian recipes, some that are popular and well known, along with others that are rarer and less well know, yet wonderful never-the-less. I sincerely hope you all enjoy Grandma Bellino’s Italian (Sicilian) Cookbook, the stories and recipes within.


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Phillipo, Lucia, Tony, Giuseppina

Lodi, New Jersey





by Daniel Bellino – Zwicke


2 thoughts on “The Publication of Grandma Bellino ‘s Italian Cookbook

  1. Jerry Walrath says:

    Thank you for your publications that contain Sicilian recipes. My Sicilian roots are from Lercara Friddi as well. My grandmother (last born) was the first of her family born in America. I was not as attentive to her cooking and family stories as I should have been. I even lived with her for 4 years while attending college. I do remember much of her cooking …… and baking. She talked about her brothers and sisters who were much older and all deceased by the time I knew about them. Her parents were Giuseppe Miceli and Carmela Vento. I have much of their family info from the records of Lercara. They came to America in 1893 and settled in Western NY after a brief stay in Buffalo. One of her dishes was a frittata made from burdock….she called them garduna. I think it was a substitute for the cardone plant that grows in warmer climates and is related to the artichoke. the burrs on a burdock resemble the flowers of the cardone and artichoke. It is too cold in Western NY for Cardone’s to survive. I am looking forward to reading all of your publications on Sicilian cooking.

    • Hi Jerry, Thanks for your nice comments. It’s always great hearing form a fellow Sicilain-American and especially one from Lercar Friddi .. Thanks for sharing with me that info on your Nonna making a Frittata with burdock. You’re probably right, that the burdock is a substitute for Cardon and or Artichoke .. After maccheroni e zuppa, Frittata are one of my favorite things to make and right about, I make many different kind.

      Thanks Again Jerry,
      Take Care e Mangia Bene,


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