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My INSTAGRAM @danielBellinoZwicke on May 30 MEMORIAL DAY 2017 .. Posted here is a remembrance of the great GREG ALLMAN of The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND or sadly passed away the other day at the age of 69 … Greg Allman both part of the Country Rock Band The Allman Brothers and as a solo artist was a giant in the world of music. Being married to CHER at one point in his life didn’t hurt his popularity. But apart from that, I have been a huge fan of Greg’s his brother Duane Allman who died much too young (age 27), and their band ; The Allman Brothers … Greg & Duane Allman were pioneers of what would become to be know as Country Rock … The Alman Borthers Band is also a member of The ROCK & ROLL Hall of Fame … Anyway I was fortunate to see the Allman Brothers Band perform live twice, along with having the great pleasure to meet and shake Greg Allman ‘s hand one day when my friends and I were hanging out one night at the former New York souther foods restaurant Jezebel in Hells Kitchen. My Friends and I were having cocktails when we looked up to see none other then Mr. Greg Allman playing Jezebels Baby Grande Piano and sing Sweet Melissa unplugged. Greg also treated us to two more tunes that night and was so gracious as to get up from his table to shake our hands as we walked by his table and I waved to him as a way of saying thanks, Greg jumped up and extended his hand to shake mine. Wow, now that’s a gentleman. We will Miss You Mr. Greg Allman. Thanks for all the great music from; you, your Brother Duane and The Band. We’ll miss you. Daniel .
One of My FAVORITE ALBUMS EVER !!!
The ALLMAN BROTHERS LIVE at THE FILMORE EAST
Love the Way DUANE is CRACKING UP on The COVER
RIP DUANE ALLMAN .. RIP GREG ALLMAN and GOD BLESS
Also pictured here are pictures taken at my cousin Joe Macari’s vineyard Macari Vineyards in Mattituk, NY on the North Fork of Long Island. Pictured are a Black Pig, FABIO The BULL, some Cow and a Horse, a local Beach, ME, friend James Starace, and cousin Joe Macari, and some Macari Rose.
You see the video of My Cousin Joe Macari pouring us a Barrel Sample of his 2015 Malbec from Barrel … The wine is Friggin Awesome! “I kid you not.” My buddy Jimmy Starace and his wife Tanya went Nuts for it. It was that good. One of the best wines I’ve had all year, if not the best. And I’m not just saying it because Joe is my cousin. Joe, his son Joey, wife Alexandra, daughter Gabriella, and the whole family are very dedicated to make great quality wine. And they do. And I’m not just saying it because Joe is my cousin. If he didn’t make great wine, I just wouldn’t say anything. But with the fact that the Macari’s do make dam good wine, yes I will toot My Horn. Nuff said.
Also pictured is a picture I took at my local Supermarket in Greenwich Village of a jar of RAO’S MARINARA SAUCE and a picture of MARIO BATALI ‘S pasta sauce. I snapped the shot and posted it on Instagram with the Question, RAOS or MARIOS . with the answer of “NEITHER” !!! “I’d rather make My own SUNDAY SAUCE with the recipes in my book Sunday Sauce , WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK .. Basta !
by ME !!!
Nuff Said !
My Book SUNDAY SAUCE has been The # 1 BEST SELLING ITALIAN COOKBOOK on
AMAZON KINDLE Longer than Any Other ITALIAN COOKBOOK for the PAST 3 YEARS
Longer than Any Cookbook by MARIO BATALI, LIDIA BASTIANICH,
or Any other ITALIAN COOKBOOK Author of all …
I’m Quite Proud of This Fact and would like to publicly Thank All My FANS out there ..
“So, Thank You to All My FANS and SUPPORTERS of SUNDAY SAUCE
and all my Books”
LOOK For MY LATEST BOOK
SOON to Be PUBLISHED
Thanks Again !
Behind the Bar at NORMA GASTRONOMIA Sicilian Trattoria / Pizzeria
Espresso Machine, Berkel Meat Slicer, and Pizza Oven
Norma Gastronomia Siciliani is without question one of the best restaurants serving Sicilian Food in New York … There aren’t many, and Norma is not only among the best, it amy very well be the best .. These great feelings start the minute you walk through the door and you’re greeted by the affable owner / chef Salvatore who is an absolute gem .. His Sicilian dishes featuring Arancini (Rice Balls), Caponata, Sicilian Pizza & Pasta, Grilled Octopus and Stuffed Artichokes are as good as it gets .. My friends Carolina and Silvio narrowed it down what we would eat with the help and suggestions of Chef Salvatore .. When are antipasti of Carciofi Ripieno, Arancini con Ragu, Caponata, and Arancini Norma arrived with some tasty Focaccia I could tell just be looking at the food that it would be just perfect .. My eyes did not deceive me, and we were all quite pleased with the tastiness and authenticity of the dishes. We ordered a bottle of Cerasuolo di Vittoria / Gulfi 2015, and we were quite happy campers. The wine was excellent and went well with all our dishes. For our second course we ordered Timballo di Anelletti, Lasagna, and Pasta con Sarde. All of these dishes were wonderful as well.
Our gracious host Salvatore, besides sending us a complimentary bowl of Eggplant Caponata, also sent us 3 tasty little Cannoli for dessert.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Norma. This cute little Sicilian Trattoria contains all 3 primary elements needed to make a great restaurant that it’s customers will fall in love with. The place should have a nice warm / pleasing ambiance that invites you. Needless to say, but it must be said, the food has to be very good, and you should be treated with warm friendly attentive service from the staff. Norma Gastronomia on 3rd Avenue in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan provides all three, and in spades. It is a wonderful litle Sicilian restaurant that I wish very well, as I’m hoping to be going there for years to come, and you will too. It’s that kind of place. Basta.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
Our tasty ANTIPASTI MISTI at NORMA
Arancini Ragu, Cariofi Ripieno, Caponata, Arancini Norma
CERASUOLO di VITTORIA 2015
30% FRAPATTO 70% NERO D’AVOLA
The wine was absolutely perfect with our lunch …
Timballo di Pasta con Sarde
at NORMA GASTRONOMIA SICILIANI
New York, NY
Owner / Chef SALVATORE
with Me Carolina & Silvio
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
A beautiful day in New York with friends.
Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
I still remember Mommy tying up the Braciole with cord as I watched fascinated by the act. Little did I realize how monumental these actions were in our world, the World of Italian-America, the food and the culture. Braciole is epic in our world, and Meatballs even more so, as well as Sausages, Pasta, Gravy, Espresso, and Cannoli, they are all quite dear to us. And little did I know then as a young boy of just five, I would write of these thing one day. I’d write of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Marinara, Mussels, Artichokes, Sausages, Sunday Sauce Gravy, and mommy making the Braciole and Meatbballs. She’d have the butcher cut her slices of beef top-round that she’d season with salt, pepper, Parsley, Pignoli, and Pecorino. Then she’d roll them up jelly-roll style and before tying them with a string she’d brown them in olive oil that would start the sauce she’d braise them in. I watched intently, and someday I’d make Braciole of my own. Mommy would make the Braciole and cook in the tomato sauce. More often than not she’d make a whole pot of Gravy (aka Sunday Sauce) with these Braciole, Sausages, and Meatballs. This Sunday Sauce Gravy was usually made on Sunday or possibly the night before and we’d have just Spaghetti & Meatballs from this pot of Gravy on Saturday night, saving the rest to eat the next day on Sunday with everything else; Maccheroni with Gravy, the Sausage, Meatballs, and Braciole. And what a wonderful day it would be eating Braciole, Gravy and all the rest.
Yes, I still remember Mommy making the Braciole she learned from her mom, my maternal grandmother Giuseppina Salemi Bellino who was born in Lercara Freddi, Sicily. Nonna Giuseppina learned to make Braciole and regional Sicilian dishes from her mom, my great-grandmother who was a Salemi, and that’s all I know of her. Yes, the Braciole recipe goes back to her and to Nonna Giuseppina, and then to my mother Lucia and then on to me and my sister Barbara, and brother Michael. That’s our story on Braciole. Basta!
Excerpted from Daniel Bellino-Zwicke ‘s soon to be released MANGIA ITALIANO ..
by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE