Caffe Dante


Read my article “The Day Caffe Dante Died,”  at . Caffe Dante in name is still there, under the guish of an high-priced cocktail lounge. The place is quite nice, but it’s “not Caffe Dante,” the authentic 100 year old Italian Caffe on Mcdougal Street in Greenwich Village , New York.

Read about the day that Caffe Dante Died.




by Daniel Bellino Zwicke


Coney Island Wonder Wheel



Wonder Wheel

Copyright Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Summer 2015


Brooklyn, New York


The Wonder Wheel is a 150 Tall Ferris Wheel located at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in on the boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, and has been in operation since 1920. The Wonder Wheel along with The Parchute Jump, Cyclone Roller Coaster at Luna Park, and Nathan’s Hot Dog Stand is an Icon of Coney Island.

You can take the A Train of New York City’s Mas Transit System (MTA) to get to Coney Island for a day of fun, walking thee boardwalk, going to the beach, getting a Hot Dog at Nathan’s, maybe going to the New York Aquarium located on the boardwalk, and take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.









Hemingway Inspired Me to Write




Yes, it was the great Ernest Hemingway who inspired me to write. And it wasn’t just his great writings but the man and the life he led. For Hemingway was the ultimate Man’s Man as they say. He was rough and tumble and didn’t take crap from know one. A lady’s man Ernest Hemingway was, a hunter, adventurer, traveler, writer, and mercenary. The man’s life was even more interesting than the characters in his books. 

The first book I read by Ernest Hemingway was a required read in High School English Class when we were assigned to read and study The Old Man & The Seas, Hemingway’s great classic novel of the old Cuban fisherman Santiago in Havana, Cuba and his fight and struggles to fight a great fish, a fight that mimics the struggles of life.

I read just about everything Hemingway I could get my hands on; all his novels, his short stories, and biography’s and articles written on the great writer of prose. I read a Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises (my favorite), the complete short stories, magazine articles, and the bibliography “Papa Hemingway” by close friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner.

I traveled in the footsteps of Hemingway, going to his homes in Key West and Havana, Cuba. I bought a book called Hemingway;s Paris, and I followed in the footsteps of the great writer, going to all his favorite restaurants and cafes. I ate Choucroute at Brasserie Lipp on the Boulevard Saint Michel in Paris, I had drinks at Cafe Select and Closerie des Lilas, both on the Boulevard Montparnasse. I strolled the Luxenbourg Gardens, and at escargots and drank Beaujolais at Polidor, just like Ernest did. Yes I wanted to be Hemingway, I tried and tried, but I would never come anywhere near close to being the writer that Ernest Hemingway was. I could write nice little short stories, but a novel? No way. I have become a writer, I know, not a great one, not by a long shot, but a writer never-the-less, and a published and Best Selling Author at that, no less, but no Hemingway. But my writings do serve a purpose, and many do like (even love) my writings (books). I write about Italian Food, Italy, and the Italian, and Italian-American lifestyle and culture. I write little stories about Italian Food, Italian-Americans, Italy, and Italians, and people seem to like them.

Hemingway helped teach me to write, and I taught myself to write with the help of the great Ernest Hemingway and other writers. I’t go to my favorite cafe in Greenwich Village, Caffe Dante, and I’d write. I’d write and write and practice as much as I could. I’d read and write, trying to hone my craft, the craft of writing. I dreamed of writing a great novel as all writers do. This would not happen. Who knows, maybe it will one day, but don’t count on it. I don’t, but you never know, someday my writing skills may one day develop enough to do so, “one never knows.”

Before I ever started writing, I’d never known that I’d be able to write and have a book published, did I? I now have seven books published and three of them have become best sellers and I am a Best Selling Author, but not of novels. I wish I could write a great screenplay, that would be made into a successful movie, but as of now? No way, but I have had some good success and I’m quite happy the way things have developed. I make some money at it, I’m not rich, and I still have my day job, but I love what I do, and I am quite happy doing all this. Going to the cafe, just about every day, and I write, I promote, and I learn, all thanks to Hemingway, the man who inspired me. To write.



Daniel Bellino Zwicke



Ernest Hemingway


Part II


My 1st Book. My first book was La Tavola. How I wrote it, and how quick I wrote it was quite amazing. Of course I had always wanted to write a book, I started one called The Bachelors Cookbook, but I never finished it. I didn’t have the tools, or a formula. After starting that first book, The Bachelors Cookbook was a cookbook to teach and help bachelors how to cook, but not only that. It was a book to teach bachelors (single men) how to cook, and subsist on their own, and how to save money by cooking and make life easier and more enjoyable for themselves. But there was another major angle to the book, and that was how to meet and romance women, by learning and knowing how to cook for them, and how by doing so would greatly enhance you chance of having romantic interludes and relationships with the opposite sex, women. Well I thought, that this was all great, and it was and is, and now that I’m reading this, and rehashing on this great idea of mine, and I now have quite a lot of experience, know-how and all that, that I think it’s high-time that I do it. I now have the formula.

The formula? What is it you ask? Well, I do have a very good writing formula to write and produce good non-fiction books. For me, non-fiction is a whole lot easier to write than fiction, which I know I’m not great at, but non-fiction is a whole other thing, and I do believe I’m pretty good at this, and my track record has proven so with 7 books, three of them Best Sellers.

So back to my formula, what is it you ask? Well, the whole ting is to # 1 have a Theme of what you book is going to be about. For me, I write about food, travel, and experiences regarding these subjects and subject matter. I write mostly about food and to be more specific Italian and Italian-American Food and lifestyles. I’ll think up a them, Sunday Sauce for example, and then building a book around this. Sunday Sauce is the famed Italian-American dish, also known as gravy, that Italian-Americans eat each and every Sunday all over America, and especially in the great Italian Americans enclaves of New York, Boston, New Jersey, Baltimore, Brooklyn, and other parts of the country that have Italian neighborhoods with a strong Italian population that includes business such as Italian Restaurants, caffes, Pork Stores, Bakeries, specialty shops, Italian Butcher Shops, and the like, necessary for Italian living.

When you have your theme, you need to make an outline with topics and sub-topics that pertain to the  main theme of the book. So with my book Sunday Sauce I had an outline that included such topics as Meatballs, the Pork Store, Pasta and other topics that pertained to Sunday Sauce, how to make it, the rituals around it. as well as stories and antidotes that tied into this main theme of the book.

Taking the topic of pasta, several sub-topics to pasta in my book Sunday Sauce were; Spaghetti Vongole (Clam Sauce), Spaghetti Meatballs, Tomato Sauce and other topics.

Once I had my outline, I’d write one-by-one on each topic in the outline. Each topic was a chapter in the book and I’d knock them off one at a time. It was easy.

Now I’ve had a lot of different experiences as far as Italian Food and cooking go. I have a great repertoire of recipes that are in my books, so I tell stories about the food, the dishes, I have my recipes that are included in the book, and my books are a collection of Italian recipes as stories of all the different dishes in the great repertoire of Italian Cuisine. And  a large part of all this is to inspired people to cook wonderful Italian dishes, and to bring friends and family together at the dinner table. This is what it’s all about; cooking tasty Italian Food, eating with friends and family, and having wonderful times around the table. This is my passion, and that’s a Key element

. in all of this. if you have a passion, write about it, and it all should come together easily. And so this is how I do it all. This is how I’ve had seven books published, and I keep doing it. I enjoy it. I love it, and hope you will to. Good Luck.


PS .. My 1st book was La TAVOLA  – Italian-American New Yorker’s Adventures of The Table, and this is where I first discovered and created my formula for writing my books. Again, good luck to you all.




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Positano is Coming Soon






Coming Soon! Positano – The Amlfi Coast, Travel Guide by Best Selling AuthoreDaniel Bellino Zwicke, is due for Publication May 30, 2019. Daniel is the best selling author of Mangia Italiano, The Ragu Bolognese Cookbook, La Tavola, and the # 1 Best Selling Italian Cookbook on Amazon for 2 years, SUNDAY SAUCE – When Italian-Americans Cook. We’ve read our pre-publication galley copy of POSITANO and we “Just Love It!” It is a guide book and true guide-book fashion gives you all the vest information you need to know on Positano, Sorrento, Naples, Capri, and the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Cost of Southern Italy. 

Yes, Daniel gives you all the information you need to know on this, one of the World’s msot prized and coveted vacation destinations of all, the Amalfi Coast. He has the inside scoop on where to eat, what to do, how to get there and getting around once you are there, and a bll the best hotels in the area, of which the charming little town has two of the most renowned hotels in all the  World, in the World Famous, Le Sirenuse and the equally famous San Pietro.

Daniel will tell you the best beach spots in Capri, Positano, and all along the coast. And when it comes to eating, Daniel has been going to Positano and has eaten at all the best restaurants over the year. He’ll tell you about his favorites.

As with all of Daniel’s books and writings of New York, Italy, and Italian Food, Daniel weaves his wonderful stories throughout, something that you’ll not get on any other Amalfi Coast Guide that we’ve ever read, Daniel’s special knack for story telling. And not only will you get, all the info and the stories Daniel has to tell of Positano, Capri, and Napoli, but this book, like no other Guide Book before, is part cookbook. Daniel gives advice and more than 30 of the best and most loved dishes of Naples, Positano and The Amalfi Coast, Italy. Daniel notes, that vacations on Capri and Positano hold treasured memories for all who go, and that there is nothing like re-living these wonderful times once you are back home, and the best way to do so, is by eating the food. Have  dinner partied at home, with your favorite dishes of the Amalfi Coast. You’ll learn how to make them from one of America’s best selling Italian Cookbook author’s, Daniel Bellino Zwicke. He gathered these recipes of Postano and the Amalfi Coast for over 30 years, has cooked them and written them down, and compiled the in this new book. You’re sure to Love it. We do.

So, whether you’re oing for the first time, you’ve been there before, you want recipes of the region, or you’re an avid armchair traveler, we highly recommend Positano -The Amalfi Coast, Enjoy!

BOOKS by Daniel






MICK JAGGER – Wishing You Well



Mick Jagger



GOD BLESS and Get WELL Soon, Danny”





Look at Mick! I was a young boy of just 6 years old when I first heard or knew anything about Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. Mick sang “Time Is on My Side” and I just Loved it. Loved Mick and the Band ever since. The Rolling Stones have always been there for me, ever since I was that young little six year old boy and watching them perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was maybe the greatest show of its time, and one of the few places to see musical acts such as ELVIS, The Beatles, The Jackson 5 (Michael Jackson), Dianna Ross & The Supremes and other great performers of the 1960s. We watch Ed Sullivan and his guest each and every Sunday Night, just as millions of other families did all around America. Back then, there was nothing quite like the Ed Sullivan Show.

Anyway, this is not about Ed Sullivan and his show as great as they both were. This is about Mick Jagger and the Greatest ROCK-N-ROLL BAND of ALL TIME, The ROLLING STONES and one Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger or simply Mick. When I wake up everyday, the first thing I do as I hope out of bed on my way to the bathroom is click on my RADIO to 1010 WINS NEWS the all-news radio station in New York City, New York. It’s a great radio station that along with all the big news stories of the day, locally and around the world, they also give you all sorts of interesting little stories that you might not get on network news. Anyway, as new stories were being told, the news reporter broadcast that the Rolling Stones had just postponed their up-coming concert tour do to the illness of Mick Jagger. “Oh my God, I hope Mick is OK,” I thought to myself, and wondering what it could be. What was Mick Jagger’s illness, as the reporter didn’t say. All they said was that his doctors have told Mick Jagger that he can’t do his up=coming concert, and that he must rest, and so that is all we have heard so far. Please, we all (millions of Mick Jagger’s Fans) are hoping and praying that it isn’t anything too serious, and that Mick will be getting well soon, and well enough to re-schedule the concert tour.

Of course Mick’s health is the most important thing. We all Love Mick and The Rolling Stones, and we are wishing so that Mick makes a speedy recovery, and we are so hoping that it (Mick Jagger’s illness) is nothing bad.

Ever since my friend Mireya got us tickets a few months ago to go see Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones Concert at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, I have been quite psyched to go see the Stones. Please get well soon Mick. For it is not just that I want, would love to, or need to go see the Rolling Stones so badly in concert. No I don’t, but being able to go see Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones at a later date, will mean, that whatever your illness is Mick, that you are well, you have recovered from whatever it is that the doctors ordered you to postpone the Rolling Stones 2019 Concert Tour so you can rest and get well. Myself and millions of Mick Jagger and Rolling Stones Fans are hoping and praying that it isn’t anything too serious that is keeping Mick Jagger from going on tour now. I want to go to that re-scheduled Rolling Stones concert that I have tickets for on June 13th at Met Life, so I can see Mick & The Stones perform live in East Rutherford, the town that I sat there in my living room  on Hackensack Stree, watching the Rolling Stones (with Mick Jagger) on Television over 54 years ago. That time I watched Mick Jagger and The ROlling STones on TV, and this time I want to see Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones perform live at Met Life Stadium, in my home-town of East Rutherford, new Jersey/ God Bless You Mick, and please Get Well Soon, “I want to see you live in ER, NJ.” 



Daniel Bellino Zwicke