Eggplant Salami and Swimming on Capri


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May 2015

I’ve got to say, Salumeria Capri Rosticceria has some of the best food in all of Capri .. I’ve eaten at a number of restaurants on Capri and the food they make at this little Salumeria is as good as any, and better than many, “I Kid You Not,” it’s that good. I got food from here every day (5 days) I was on Capri on this last trip, and loved everything I got here. The first day I picked up an Arancini (just to hold me over to dinner) and a bottle of water. The Arancini was awesome, so the next day when I was planning on going swimming at the Faraglioni I stopped off here to get another great Arancino. When I got there, I saw some tasty looking Melanzane Parmigiano (Eggplant Parm) and asked Mamma about it. She said she made it, so I asked for a portion along with my Rice Ball. I also picked up a bottle of water and a 1/2 bottle of Aglianco al Benevento (some local wine) to complete my boxed lunch for the beach. I paid then made my way on the 25 minute walk down to the Fragalioni that passed gorgeous homes and hotels on the Via Tagara before heading down the pathway to Da Luigi and the beach at The Fraglioni (with spectacular views along the way). I had a great time at the beach; swimming and enjoying my tasty boxed lunch from Salumeria Capri .. By my this day there I was treated like family. This was a great find that I recommend highly. Don’t miss it!


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This was my Tasty LUNCH from SALUMERIA CAPRI

that I ate at the BEACH at FARAGLIONI …


Italian Mineral Water, and a nice 1/2 bottle of AGLIANICO di BENEVENTTO,

a local wine from East of NAPOLI .. (cost about $12)

I have to say that this was without question one of the Best Most Enjoyable Lunches

I’ve ever had in my entire life .. What could be better but to be on the

Isle of Capri, at one of the most beautiful beach spots in the entire World at the

famed Faraglioni Rocks of Capri ..

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May 2015









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!

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