The Publication of Grandma Bellino ‘s Italian Cookbook

Publication of GRANDMA BELLINO ‘S ITALIAN COOKBOOK

RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER

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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.

Daniel

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The BELLINO ‘S

Fillipo, Lucia, Tony, Giuseppina 

My mother’s sister Lilly and Brothers James

and Frank are not in this picture.

Lodi, New Jersey

1941

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SUNDAY SAUCE 

WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK

by Daniel Bellino – Zwicke

 

 

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My Nonno

Fillipo Bellino

about 1900

 

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The COUNTRYSIDE

Outside Lercara Friddi

 

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The DUOMO

SANTA MARIA d’ NEVE

 

 

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The DUOMO

SANTA MARIA d’ NEVE

LERCARA FRIDDI

 

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Friends at Cafe Glamor

Lercara Friddi

 

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Un CANNOLO

At a Bakery in LERCARA FRIDDI

 

 

 

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Man in Lercara Friddi

2017

 

 

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PIAZZA ROMA

LERCARA FRIDDI

SICILIA

 

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Maria Salemi

 

 

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ANTICA FOCACCERIA S. FRANCESCO

PALERMO

The most famous place to eat in PALERMO. Signature Dish is PANE MILZA

which is a Sandwich made of Beef Spleen, Ricotta and Caciocavallo Cheese

on a Sesame Roll. The ARANCINI (Rice Balls) and PANELLE are great as well.

This place is a “MUST DO” when in Palermo.

 

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The “BIG GUY”

Cafe Glamor

Piazza del Duomo

LERCARA FRIDDI

 

 

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My SICILIAN HAT  , Vacation Journal , and a Wrapped ARANCINI

for Bus Ride from CANTANIA to PALERMO

at the CAFE by The BUS STATION in CATANIA

“They had tasty GELATO , Cannoli , and awesome ARANCINI at this Cafe.”

 

 

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MALANZANE PARMIGIANO

My first Lunch at VILLA DAFNE AGRITURISMO , ALIA , SICILY

 

 

 

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SOPHIA LOREN

 

 

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The RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK

by Daniel Bellino “Z”

 

 

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PIAZZA SINATRA

AGRIGENTO

 

 

 

 

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7 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,

      Daniel

    • Sarah Weatherley says:

      What an exciting page to find! My family is also from Lercara Friddi, and Jerry, your grandmother’s parents are in my family tree!

      • Jerry Walrath says:

        I would be interested in how my grandparents were related to you. They emigrated in 1894…first to Buffalo, NY and then to Geneseo, NY where they settled.

      • Hi, Is the surname Bellino or Salemi? My grandparents, my mother’s father and mother immigrated to New York in 1904. They lived on the upper east side of Manhattan for a couple years before they moved to Lodi , New Jersey where my grandfather Fillipo Bellino opened a Shoemaker Shop on Main Street in Lodi. My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Salemi, and both of my maternal grandparents came from Lercara Friddi, Sicily.

      • Jerry Walrath says:

        Headed on a cruise to Brazil so I have little time to respond as I would like. I found that a Cristina Salemi md. Sebastiano Miceli and emigrated to Rochester, NY. Sebastiano was accompanied by the “padrone” of many Sicilans who emigrated to Western New York. This was Antonino Aprile who md. my grandmother’s sister Catarina Miceli. A relationship was mentioned between Sebastiano and Catarina although my research does not verify this. Sebastiano was born in Alia in 1841 and md. Crisitna in Lercara in 1869. Sebastiano was a butcher. I could not find a direct relationship between any of my direct line descendants. Cristina Salemi was the daughter of Antonino Salemi and Francesca Macaluso. My gg-grandmother was Guiseppa Macaluso who was md. to Gaetano Miceli…..my grandmother’s grandparents. Won’t be back until Dec. 26.

        PS Another great-grandmother, Carmela Vento had a brother Giovanni and other close relatives who emigrated to Brazil around 1900…..lived in Sao Paulo, and later came to the US and settled in California….Sferlazza and DiPiazza were their surnames. As they say in Italy and Brazil…Ciao! Some Brazilians use the spelling “Xau” .

      • Hi Jerry, Have a wonderful time in Brazil. I stayed at an Agriturismo in Alia this Summer. When you get a chance, look at the picture a just posted of Maria Salemi. They have a butcher shop in the Piazza del Duomo Lercara Friddi “Maccerleria Salemi” Ciao, Daniel

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