Great Sicilian in New York

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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

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Our tasty ANTIPASTI MISTI at NORMA

Arancini Ragu, Cariofi Ripieno, Caponata, Arancini Norma

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Our WINE

GULFI

CERASUOLO di VITTORIA 2015

30% FRAPATTO 70% NERO D’AVOLA

SICILIAN GRAPES

The wine was absolutely perfect with our lunch …

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Timballo di Pasta con Sarde

at NORMA GASTRONOMIA SICILIANI

New York, NY

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Owner / Chef SALVATORE

with Me Carolina & Silvio

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A beautiful day in New York with friends.

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Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook

RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA

by Daniel Bellino “Z”

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Pasta Lenticchie Recipe

PASTA LENTICCHIE
 
Pasta with Lentils
 
 
 
 

PASTA LENTICCHIE
    Pasta with Lentils
 
Pasta Lenticchie is a standby
of many Italian American families, just as it’s sister soup, Zuppa di Lenticchie
(Lentil Soup). As is with many of the older Italian-American recipes that are
primarily from the south, including from; Sicily, Campania (around Naples),
Apulia, and Calabria, this is a dish of the poor (Cucina Povera), as all the
ingredients, other than the cheese are quite cheap. And for those families who
couldn’t afford cheese, they simply didn’t use it. They might use toasted
breadcrumbs instead, from some leftover bread. Nowadays just about anyone can
afford cheese, so we highly recommend you dressing your pasta with a drizzle of
Olive Oil and some grated Pecorino or Caciocavallo Cheese, it’s oh so tasty.
RECIPE
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8 ounce dry Lentils
8 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, peeled and minced fine
2 stalks Celery, washed and minced fine
5 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced fine
1 cup chopped San Marzano Plum Tomatoes
2 Chicken Bullion Cubes (optional)
1 Bay Leaf
1 – 10 ounce package frozen Spinach, thawed
1 pound Pasta; Gemelli, Small Shells, or Fusilli
grated Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano, or Grana
 
 
Place
¼ cup of olive oil and onions in a large 6 quart pot. Cook on low heat for 5
minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add
Celery and cook for 4 minutes. Add red pepper cook and garlic and cook for 2
minutes.
Add
tomatoes and cook on high heat for 4 minutes. Add Lentils and cook 3 minutes
while stirring with a wooden spoon.
Add
Bay Leaf and water to cover the lentils by 1 inch. Cook at a medium simmer
until lentils are tender but have a bit of firmness to them, about 22 minutes.
Chop
the thawed spinach, add to lentils and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
Cook
pasta as per the directions on package. When finished cooking, drain into a
colander, reserving a few tablespoons of water to add to pasta.
Put
the drained pasta back into the pot it cook in and drizzle with some Olive Oil.
Using a large slotted spoon, add lentils to the past and mix. Add a little bit
of the pasta cooking water if you need it. You don’t want the pasta to be
watery, but you do want it to be a little loose. Do this by adding only small
amounts of liquid at a time until you have reached the consistency that you
like.
 
Plate
into shallow past bowls, drizzle with a bit more olive oil and pass the grated
cheese.
 
NOTE:
This is a vegetarian dish, but if you like to add meat, you can sauté some
Italian Sausages and add to this recipe.
Add some sausage to each bowl and enjoy.
 
 

 

EXCERPTED From GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK  by Daniel Bellino “Z”

“RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GREAT SICILIAN RECIPES INSIDE !!!
 

 

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ZUPPA di LENCTICCHI
 
Pasta Lentichie is actually made from Zuppa di Lenticchie. You make the soup, then take some it, draining off most of the broil so you end up with mostly the solids of Lentils with the chopped onion and carrot within. You cook whichever pasta you like then use these drained Lentils as the Sauce for the Maccheroni, and dressed with good quality Olive Oil and grated cheese (Caciacavallo, Pecorino, or Parmigiano). Basta !

Bellino on Braciole

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BRACIOLE

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  ..

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Beef Braciole

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SUNDAY SAUCE

by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

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Sicilian Fried Steaks

 

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BISTECCHE PALMERTIANO

   Steak al Palermo

 This Steak preparation from Palermo is the favorite way that Palermitani like to eat Steak when they are eating it, which is not all that often. Well not all that often 50 years ago or more when most of the population was quite poor. These days however, it’s a much different story, people have a little more money these days, and can afford a steak dinner every now and then. Though in the past few years with the world’s economy in a downturn, maybe they can’t afford steaks all that much once again. This is one reason that the cut of steak is usually cut from the rump or other cheaper cut of beef. In the recipe here however, we have you using Sirloin Steak, though more expensive, it’s tastier and more forgiving when cooking it. It will be tender, and not tough as a Rump Steak would be. The dish is almost like a Veal Milanese, a famed Northern Italian dish, Veal Milanese which is quite expensive. Besides it being marinated and that it’s beef instead of veal, though similar, the Steak Palmertiano is quite different than it’s much more expensive northern cousin.

Being in the Provencia di Palermo in Lercara Friddi, this dish was known to my Sicilian grandfather, who was so poor he only ate it a few times in his life. In America he could have it a bit more often, which was just once a year, cooked by his wife Giuseppina for Philipo’s Birthday as a special birthday treat. Make it and treat yourself as well every-now-and-then.

 

RECIPE :

4 Sirloin Steaks, cut 1/3 of an inch thick

¼ cup Olive Oil, the Juice of 1 Lemon

3 cloves Garlic, peeled and sliced thin

1 bay Leaf

¼ cup chopped fresh Parsley

¼ teaspoon dry Sicilian Oregano

6 tablespoons red wine

1 cup Breadcrumbs

1 Lemon, cut in quarters

Get your butcher to cut you 4 Sirloin Steaks at a thickness of ¾ of an inch each, and have him pound the steaks flat.

Place olive oil, garlic, Lemon Juice, Oregano, wine, and half the fresh Parsley in a shallow glass baking dish and mix all together. Place the steaks in the marinade and let marinate for at least 3 or hours or overnight.

After the steaks have marinated, remove from marinade and shake off excess.

Coat steaks with breadcrumbs on both sides.

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Put 8 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large frying pan that is big enough to cook two teaks at a time. Heat oil to high and add two of the steaks. Cook the steaks over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. Turn steaks over and cook on second side for three minutes. Remove the two cooked steaks and place in a 200 degree oven on a plate or pan to keep warm.

Cook the other two steaks the same as the first two. When all four steaks are cooked, plate onto 4 plates and sprinkle on the remaining Parsley over the steaks.

Garnish each plate with a lemon wedge and serve steaks with a Mixed Green Salad, Potatoes, or whichever vegetable you like.

This Recipe was Excerpted from GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK by Daniel Bellino Z – Reicpes from My Sicilian Nonna  …

 

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SICILIAN FRIED STEAKS

alla PALERMITANA

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GRANDMA BELLINO’S

ITALIAN COOKBOOK

SICILIAN & Other Italian Recipes

by Daniel Bellino Z

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MAKE EXTRA FRIED STEAKS

to Make STEAK SANDWICHES For LUNCH the Next Day

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MANGIA BENE SEMPRE

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My Instagram Saint Josephs Day 2017

 

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Author DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE on Instagram @DanielBellinoZwicke

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SAINT JOSEPHS DAY Dinner 2017 at CACIO VINO Restaurant in New York City.

Our SICILIAN-AMERICAN FOOD WINE & TRAVEL GROUP

Our Traditional SICLIAN MEAL for SAN GIUSEPPE :

MACCU ( Fava Bean Soup), SICILIAN PIZZA, Pasta con Sarde,

and PASTICCERIA SAN GIUSEPPE SFINCI

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In MEMORY of OUR DEAR FRIEND

VINCENT TITONTE

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John Turturro with Opera Singer Vincent Titone

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Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

and Vincent Titone

at a Sicilian American Group Dinner

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Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook

RECIPES FROM MY SCILIAN NONNA

by Daniel Bellino “Z”

Favorite Recipes of Sicilian Dishes

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My Latest Instagram Posts from BACK in THE DAY !!!

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Created by Me and My Partner Tom Taraci

Pictured Above Left to Right

Me & My Kitchen Crew, Me & Frankie Rayder, 

My Buddy Raoul, Myself, and Matt Dillon

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Daniel Bellino’s Sicilian Cookbook

 

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 If you’re in the southern hemisphere get to the markets quickly before the spring ends and some crucial ingredients disappear. This dish is a classic Sicilian plate originating in the west of Sicily.  Late in the artichoke season throughout Italy, you will find fave beans being sold right next to artichokes, so it’s inevitable that they will find themselves in some recipes together. The further south you make your way in Italy you will see an increasing abundance of both artichokes and fave beans. The dish photographed above is from Trattoria Piccolo Napoli in Palermo A Slowfood listed restaurant specializing in seafood with a generous offering of vegetable antipasti and side dishes.
 You may know fave beans as broad beans where you come from. Once they are removed from their pods they need to have their skins removed. (This is not absolutely essential and certainly wasn’t done in the past when every little morsel counted.) The easiest way to remove the skin from each bean is to toss them into boiling water for half a minute. Remove and refresh under cold water. You will notice the skin wrinkle and lift off the bean, which then can be easily removed with a knife or your fingers. You can also make this with dried fave beans which will need soaking overnight. It’s not the same as the fresh experience but the flavor is unmistakable. It’s also ok to use frozen peas but remember to halve the weight indicated in this recipe (in Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook).
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FRITEDDI alla SICILIANA
aka
 

FRITELLI
RECIPE in GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER
by DANIEL BELLINO Z
 
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FRANK SINATRA Eats !!!
 
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner dine out at Patsy’s in New York.
Frank’s favorite restaurant. Frank Sinatra’s family, on his father’s side 
is from the Sicilian town of Lercara Friddi Sicily south of Palermo … Frank’s father
Severio Anthony Martino Sinatra was born in Lercara Friddi in 1892 and immigrated to
New York City in 1903 … The famed Mafia Kingpin Charles “Lucky” Luciano was also born 
in Lercara Friddi in 1897 … His family immigrated to The Lower east Side of New York 
when he was  just 9 years old … Best Selling Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke’s 
Maternal Grandparents Giuseppina & Phillipo Bellino were born and married 
in Lercara Friddi Sicily and immigrated to New York City in 1904 and later relocating
to the Italian conclave of Lodi, New Jersey where Phillipo opened a Shoemaker Shop 
on Main Street where they raised their 4 children Lillian, Frank, Anthony, and Daniel’s mother
Lucia … 
 
 
SALVATORE LUCIANO
aka
CHARLES “LUCKY” LUCIANO
Lercara Friddi, Sicilia
ITALY
 
 
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