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

Me at Villa Maria in Minori Lemons



Me & Vincenzo

Villa Maria , Minori

I flew into Napoli direct from JFK New York. I stayed at a hotel in Napoli for one day before heading off to Minori and Villa Maria Agriturismo Lemon Farm. So I had a littel breakfast at the hotel, and I headed over to the train station to catch the Circumvesuviano local train that runs from Napoli to Sorrento and makes stops at Pompeii, Castelamre di Stabia, and all the coastal towns along the way.

It took about one hour and the train arrived at Sorrento where I would catch a bus from here to Amalfi, the end of the line. I would then have to take another bus for a short 15 minute ride from AMalfi to the center of Minori.

The bus arrive in Minori, I got off and went to the nearest and best caffe in town, the Pasticceria Cagge Gamberadella. I asked the lady if I can make a telephone call to the place I was staying. I told her I was going to Villa Maria, and the lady said, “ah Vincenzo!” She was very kind and she made the call to Villa Maria and told then I was at the caffe. The lady hung up the phone and told me that someone would be down to pick me up in 15 minutes. I thanked the lady profusely for making the call from me, and she said, “niente,” meaning no problem, it’s nothing.

I got a gelato (Crema di Limone e Pistachio) and sat around waiting for my ride. About 20 minutes later, Mr Vincenzo Manzo arrived in his little white Fiat Panda Station-wagon to bring me up to Villa Maria. We threw my bags in the car and it was off to Villa Maria. The ride was a little scary, but I’ll get to that at another time.

So we made it up to the Lemon Farm and Vincenzo brought me to the dining room to meet his wife Maria, his son, and daughter Nadia who I was emailing back and forth and she made the reservation for me to stay there for 3 days. Vincenzo gave me a picture of Lemonade that I was dreaming of ever since I say the video on Youtube where I luckily mde the discovery of Agriturismo Villa Maria two weeks prior when I was just looking at videos to get me excited for my upcoming trip to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast. I came across the wonderful video that David Rocco had made of Maria Vincenzo and Villa Maria . I savored my Lemonde, we chit-chatted for about 15 minutes then Vincenzo asked me if I wanted to go to my room. I did, and Nadia brought me there and showed me everything. It was a gorgeous little room, and I just loved it.

I started unpacking some clothes and then took a nice refreshing shower. I got dressed then when out on to my private terrace to look at the view and take everything in. Needless to say, the view was spectacular, looking to the sea and the town of Minori below and the town of Ravello up and to my right as gazed out onto the Tryyhenian Sea ahead. The Lemon Farm of Villa Maria is up in the hills of Minori a t its highest point, and the land is a natural amphitheater. The slopes are lined with terraces of the many thousands of Lemon Trees that make up a large part of the farm but not all of it. Vincenzo has Olive Trees nd naturally makes his own olive oil, as well as having grape vines by which he makes his own red and white wine. They have Peach and Apricot Trees by which the make fresh Jam, and of course they grow all sorts of other fruits and vegetables that are part of your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So I gave out over the farm, out to the seam to Ravello and the town of Minori below. everything was wonderful, and I felt quite lucky to be there. After enjoying the beautiful scene before me I walked back toward the restaurant area. Vincenzo spotted me and asked me if I would like something to eat. Hell Yeah, I thought but didn’t say that, but replied, “Yes Please.” Vincenzo asked me if I wanted some Pasta.  This statement was part question and part command, if you know what I mean when someone ask you a question in that way.  Again I said yes. He didn’t  say what kind of pasta, and I didn’t ask, no need to, I knew it would be good. Vincenzo pointed to a table out on the terrace if I’d like to sit there, and so I did. 

I made myself comfy and Vincenzo asked if I’d like some wine, “yes,” again. “Red or White,” he retorted. I told him I’d have some white wine. A minute later Vincenzo brought me over a bottle of his Villa Maria Rosso local red wine. Then a picture of water. I poured myself some wine, sat back and enjoyed the beautiful view as I waited for my plate of pasta.    

When I say that I knew the pasta would be good,  that was the understatement of the decade. The pasta was Great with a capital G. Reading my diary of this trip, it says “I just ate the Best Pasta of my life! I kid you not.” Yes, Vincenzo’s wife Maria made me what may very well be the best pasta dishes I’d ever had in my life. The pasta in question was a plate of Paccheri al Frutta di Mare (Seafood Pasta). Paccheri are a favorite pasta of the area, they are big short tubular maccheroni that are perfect for catching all the tasty little buts of shellfish, including Shrimp, Mussels, and Clams with little bits of fresh Cherry Tomatoes from the garden. Wow, the pasta was perfect and the Vincenzo’s wine wasn’t bad either. It was without question one of the best lunches in my entire life, why wouldn’t it be, with such elements as # 1 me being in Minori on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. I’m at one of the most fabulous places anyone could dream of, in Villa Maria a working Lemon Farm on the Amalfi Coast, not only one of the most beautiful spots on Earth, but also, thee number one best spot for growing lemons in the world, and here I am on a lemon farm in that area, with one of the coolest loveliest person you could ever want to meet, and I’m here having Vincenzo have his wife making me the most incredible Pasta Dish Ever, (Recipe ) and I’m sitting at a table up on the Amalfi Coast, sipping wine that Vincenzo made right here on this farm, and I’m looking down upon the lemon farm, and down to the lovely town of Minori and out onto the sea beyond, with Ravello off in the near distance. I ask you all, what could possibly be better than all this. Not really much in my book.

These was just the beginning of a wonderful 3 day stay at Villa Maria. It all started off with the affable Vincenzo Manzo picking me up at Caffe Gambradella, taking me on a slightly harrowing ride up to his property, giving me a pitcher of fresh Lemonade made with the World’s finest lemons from his lemon farm, introducing me to his family, and having his wife make me the World’s Best Plate of Seafood Pasta on God Good Earth and all this was in the first 3 hours of a three day stay at Villa Maria.

After my unforgettable lunch of Paccheri di Mare, I went back to my room for a few minutes to get my little travel bad together with my camera, diary, pens, and what-not and I was headed down into the town below. I walked down to the center of Minori walking partly on the road, side walks, and alleyways. Along the way with the view changing as I walked, I took about a 100 pictures as I made my down from Vincenzo’s farm up in the highest part of Minori and down to the center of town, to the sea at sea level below. There were lots of wonderful things to see along the way, like little shrines of Jesus, or the Virgin Mary or both, all the little homes, Olive Tree and Lemon Groves, Ravello above, and the sea below. It was wonderful. 

I reached the town, and began to explore, looking at little shops selling the famous local Ceramics, antiques, clothing, and what-not. I checked out the local caffes and restaurants to see where I might want to go during my 3 day stay in Minori. I went into the towns main church, the Basilica of San Trofimena. 

Even though I had that tasty plate of pasta that Maria made me, after all the walking I was still just a bit hungry, so I bopped into a nice little salumeria (Italian Deli) that I came upon. I went in, and asked if I could get a panino. I asked the girl for some local Salame, and pointed to the Provala Affumicato that I spotted. She sliced a little of both and put it onto a nice panino roll and gave it to me. This was quite a discovery I can tell you. That tasty Salame combined with delicious local Smaked Provolone (Provala Affumicata) was a combination that just blew me away. I was smitten. Smitten by a simple little Italian sandwich. But it was the simplicity and fine quality of the Salame, bread, and cheese that mde for one of the most wonderful sandwiches of my life, and a sandwich that after tasting this one, I would order several more of this same combination at salumerias in Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Sorrento. 

So I had a nice little time exploring the town of Minori, but it was now almost 6:30 and I needed to catch the little town bus up to Villa Maria to get ready for dinner, at 8:00 .. I took the little mini-bus that leaves from the Municpal Hall across from the Basilica, and the bus left me off right by Villa Maria. From the road it’s a shor little walk up hill to the main house and my room at Villa Maria.  I said hello to everyone as I got back, and Vincenzo asked me to confirm if I was having dinner. Of course, this was one of the main reasons I came here, to eat 4 course dinners of dishes made with products from their farm.  I went back to my room to freshen up, take a shower, and get dressed for dinner, and so I did.

All dressed for dinner, I left my room and walked from my room and 50 feet along the terrace pass the 5 other  rooms until I came to the terrazzo of the restaurant. The tables were outside on the terrace, but I would learn on my stay here 3 years later that it can be slightly cold sometimes in May, and that time Vincenzo had us eating inside on the 2 days I stayed at Villa Maria in 2018. More on that for another time, this is May 2015. Vincenzo pointed out my table out on the terrace, overlooking the farm, the town, and the sea below. Again, quite the gorgeous spot, and as I had my lunch out in the bright Mediterranean Sunshine, it was now twilight time and the Sun would soon be going down.

I sat down and Vincenzo brought over my un-finished bottle of wine from lunch. The six lovely rooms at Villa Maria all have names not numbers, and my bottle of wine had a name tag of my my room, a nice little touch.  I poured some of the wine into my glass and took a sip of it. A few minutes later, Vincenzo’s son brought me my antipasto course. It was an Antipaso Misti consisting of; Caciatorini (Salami), Vincenzo’s homemade Prosciutto, grilled Zucchini, homemade Cheese, and marinated Eggplant. Needless to say the antipasto was excellent, made with Vincenzo’s homemade Salami, Prsociutto, and Cheese, and vegetables grown on his farm. And oh yes, his own olive oil as well, let’s not forget that.

The antipasto was excellent, and Vincenzo’s homemade wine was going down quite nicely, when Vincenzo brought me a plate of Fried Zucchini Flowers, a specialty of the region, they were stuffed with some of Vincenzo’s homemade Provala and they were superb. As I ate them, I thought of my good friend Pat Parotta, I had written in my travel diary, that knowing Pat and enjoying many meals with him, I knew this was one of favorite dishes, I I knew he would love to eat these here at Villa Maria on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Vincenzo Jr. said his mother Maria made some homemade Ravioli and that would be next. “Yumm,” I thought to myself silently. The Ravioli came, ad you know they were delicious. They were filled with eggplant puree and cheese and dressed with fresh Sugo di Pomodoro (tomato sauce) with tomatoes from their farm and cubes of fresh made Mozzarella sprinkled on top. Yes, my previous thoughts of “Yumm,” were spot-on,and I kept sipping the tasty local wine, “Farm o Table Dining doesn’t get any better or fresher than this.

I ran out of wine so I asked Vincenzo to bring me a bottle of Vino Rosso. He did. Vincenzo’s red wine is quite tasty, made of a local grape called Piedirosso. After these three dishes, I had a grilled Pork Chop served with a Salad of Lettuce & Fennel, it was quite nice. 

After the main-course they brought me the tastiest Fruit Salad that I’d ever had. It was made of the freshest Cherries, Watermelon, and Kiwi. Dam it was good. As I ate this, probably the best Fruit Salad I’d ever eaten, I thought that if all the catering halls in America served  fruit salad like this one, the dish would not be so maligned as having the bad reputation that fruit salads have at so many wedding all over America.

As I sat there eating the tastiest fruit salad ever, Vincenzo came over and asked if I wanted some Limoncello. Well I sat there thinking to myself, how could anyone ever come here to this gorgeous lemon farm, in the World Capital of Lemons, and not get the homemade house Limoncello? The answer to Vincenzo’s question was a solid, “Yes.” of course.

Now, if I didn’t have enough “Best Ever’s'” already on this trip, the next morning another was about to occur. I got up, took a shower, ad made my way to the breakfast room (same as dinner). I put my diary, pad, and guide books on my table and walked over to the breakfast buffet table, and “Wow!” The table was filled with fresh fruit, coffee, juices, toast and about 6 different homemde Fruit Jams, and a enticing array of sweets, including the local favorite pastry Sfogliatelle, and Maria’s homemade Lemon Cake. Did I say “wow!” Yes I did. I dug in and I wasn’t shy, I got my coffee and fresh OJ, and I filled up two plates with pastries and the Lemon Cake, with toast, Cherries and Apricots. I took everything to my table, and guess what? I was once again in “7th Heaven,” for this was without a doubt, easily the most wonderful Breakfast in my entire life. Again, there’s the view and just being here on the Amalfi Coast, with my Cornetto, Coffee, Maria Lemon Cake, and Sfogliatelle, “My God,” what did I do to deserve this? I guess I’ve been a good boy, and God was rewarding me no doubt. To say the least I was loving every minute of it, and didn’t want this breakfast to end. I went back and got seconds, even making myself a tiny little Panino with the Salame and Fresh Cheese on the table. 

 I sat there savoring my coffee and all the goodies on my plates. I read my books and plotted the day ahead, taking notes of the ferry timetable and places I wanted to check out. After and hour and a half, I finally and oh so reluctantly I left the table.

Excerpted from my forthcoming book, POSITANO – Capri Napoli The Amalfi Coast.

This excerpt may not be reproduced or used in any manner without the permission of the author – Daniel Bellino Zwicke …


This story to be continued in, “A Day in Positano.”  CLICK HERE !

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke










My Bottle of Wine

And a partial View from The Terrace, looking to RAVELLO






View from TERRAZZA


That’s RAVELLO in Upper Right Corner








MY 1st Lunch at Villa Maria










On The Via Pastea

My 4th of 5 Trips so Far

June 2015

I first visited Positano in the Summer of 1985, and was blown away by its beauty. I was just 23, and when you are a young man, everything is magnified, and you can get completely enthralled as I did in first Rome, then Florence, Spain, The South of France (Nice & Monaco) and finally Positano , on my final leg of a month long vacation to Italy and other parts of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean .

I will never forget that first time on the Amalfi Coast and how the region completely captivated and charmed me. I got off of the Circumvesuviano Train that take you from Naples to Sorrento and stops at all the towns in-between on the Sorrentine Coast. I was told to get off the train at Meta to catch the Blue Bus that would take me to Positano, and so I did. I had to wait a half hour for the bus, so I got an Apricot Juice and some Gelato (new Favorite Thing 85) at the little caffe at the station.

I ate my tasty gelato and waited. The bus finally came, I hopped on to take what would be the most enchantingly gorgeous bus ride of my entire life. The bus road along that famous road the Amalfi Drive and I was just blown away by such beauty as I had never seen. The views from the bus were spectacular, whetherlloking down to glistening Azur Sea, or up the sheer cliff that sprung from the sea to the heights were The Path of The God lay. It was incredible, and again I will say, “I was completely enthralled and captivated.

After a few miles going along this spectacular road, Positano appeared in the not too far distance. Wow, it was absolutely and positively beautiful, and again, I was captivated by it all.

I got off the bus at the Bar International. I went into the bar to freshen up and have another cold drink, before making my way down to my hotel Villa Maria Antonietta, a place my friend, the poet Rene Ricard recommended I stay at. I finished my Lemon Granita, grabbed my bags and lugged them down some of the many stairs and the alley ways the town is also famous for. Yes many stairs. I was in Positano and having the most charmed time of my life, and all was blissful and fine.


Excerpted from my forthcoming book,  POSITANO – Capri The Amalfi Coast

Due to be released for Publication some time in 2019 …

In the mean time, for more on Positano, visit my website Positano The Amalfi Coast 

for stories, articles, and guidance to the magiacal coast of Amalfi, the city of Naples, and the islands of Ischia, Capri, and Procida.

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Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke having Lunch at GALTORIRE’S , New Orleans LA,

DOMILSE’S famous Poboy Shop NEW ORLEANS , a painting of The FlatIron Building NEW YORK …


The Famous WHITE HORSE TAVERN where Poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death on too many WHISKIES .. 

The CORNER BISTRO (Burgers) … West 4th Street, GREENWICH VILLAGE , New York

Movie Poster of FRANK SINATRA at The QUAD CINEMA , Greenwich Village ..

A CORTADO Coffee in Greenwich Village NEW YORK …

OUR LADY of POMPEII Catholic Church CARMINE STREET in Greenwich Village ….

A BILLBOARD on Bleecker Street, stating , “THE EASY PART of GETTING HOME SHOULDN’T BE a FIFTH FLOOR WALK-UP”  …. Greenwich Village NYC




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