Where Has The PANNINI NAZI Gone ???

ALIDORO on Sullivan Street Soho
Formerly “MELEMPO” and Home of Alessandro
The Panini Nazi
aka Sandwich Nazi
 
 
Where has The Panini Nazi Gone? This is a question, some of the age of 35 and over in New York’s Southern Greenwich Village and Soho might ask. Others too, in other New York neighborhoods who made it over to a great little sandwich shop called Melampo. Melemapo is now diseased  No longer in business. The owner, one Alessandro Gualandi, also-known-as “The Panni Nazi” ran his little sandwich shop on Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince Streets in what is now known as Soho, but for me and many “like” me, this is still known as The Village. Alessandro came to New York from Florence Italy. He used to work as a waiter at the famed Florentine Restaurant in New York “Da Silvano” owned by fellow Florentine Silvano Marchetto .. Alessandro was a hard worker who established himself in New York, saved up some money, then opened his own little heaven, one Melampo Sandwich Shop in South Greenwich Village (Soho) New York …
Alessandro was a passionate man, especially about food as any self-respecting Italian would be. He created his little shop of Hand-Crafted Italian Sandwiches (Panini) .. He made a menu, whereby all the Panini had their own names. Names like; Geppetto, Julia, and such. I can’t really remember all the names. The thing is, Alessandro had rules, and you better abide by them. He was an artist after all. You ordered a Panino (Sandwich) by name, and that was it. What it said on the menu describing the sandwich and the ingredients in any particular one was what you got. If the name was Marcello (named for the late great Italian actor Marcello Mastrianni) and the menu said the sandwich was made of Prosciutto, Mortadella, and Provolone, then that’s what you got. You couldn’t ask Alessandro to leave something off or add something to a particular sandwich. He would not have it. He was a temperamental artist, and you’re not going to ruin the balance of one of his masterful creations by altering it. If you, din’t like it you could leave, “and believe Me many did.” Alessandro could care less, he was an artist. Thus the moniker “Panini Nazi” there was no other. And not everyone knew his name, real or nickname.
Alessandro was a character yes, and many (including myself) loved that about him. Alessandro is still alive. He’s retired. I seeing walking the streets of Soho and going for his morning coffee.
Alessandro and his little sandwich shop “Melampo” became famous. he made great sandwiches and sometimes the line would go out the door. And if you were in line, don’t make any comments for Alessandro to hurry up, he took his time. He was an artist, a master sandwich maker, and you better not say anything to upset him.
Yes we miss him, Alessandro and his little sandwich shop Melampo. the shop is still there. It’s now called Alidoro and run by someone else. It’s much the same, they make good sandwiches, but Alessandro is gone, and so are all the “Rules” and quirkiness. We miss that …
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
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The SOUP NAZI
.
.
 
NOT THE SANDWICH PANINI NAZI ALESSANDRO
BUT MY FRIEND in HAVANA
“DON DANIELE”
 
 
 
No Known Pictures Are Known of
Alessandro The PNANI NAZI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New DANTE Not Really Italian

 
What is It ???
 
SMALL PLATES ECLECTIC MENU
 
Non-Driven Italian Wine List
 
Old Patrons Probably Won’t Like It
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The New Dante
South Room Bar
Linden Pride
 
Caffe Dante’s New Owner
 
 
DANTE The new owners, including Linden Pride, formerly of AvroKO, have spruced up the 100-year-old cafe with green leather banquettes, but the space retains a vintage Italian Greenwich Village look with its pressed tin ceiling. The menu is now mostly small plates: beef tartare, burrata, flatbread and cold pasta salad. Italian aperitifs dominate the cocktail list: 79-81 Macdougal Street (Bleecker Street), 212-982-5275
 
 
 
A Picture of Former Caffe Dante Owner
Mari Flotta on the Homepage of The New Dante
 
The new Dante on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village is
absolutely nothing like the former beloved Caffe Dante, a caffe
that was a fixture of Greenwich Village for exactly 100 years
before closing earlier this year, when former owner
Mario Flotta sold Caffe Dante to Linden Pride who has been
quoted as saying the new Dante will be very much like the old
one with some changes. “Not” !!! The new Dante looks very nice
although quite different from the former caffe .. The entire concept
of the new Dante pretty much has nothing to do with the old one.
The New Dante has been billed as a Small Plates / Apertivo Bar 
that has little resemblance to anything remotely Italian .. It’s billed
as an Italian Apertivo Bar, yet the Wine list has barely 20% 
Italian Wines in its makeup an the food apart from a few
Italian items, seems anything but Italian.
 
Although the new owner (s) has stated that the New Dante
will be very much like and in the spirit of the former Caffe Dante,
it seems doubtful that writers & students would be able to go into
the place, get a Cappuccino and sit writing for an hour or two.
The former Caffe Dante was a Greenwich Village Italian Caffe where
people could go just for a Cappuccino or Espresso and maybe a
pastry if they liked, hang out with friends or be there on there own just 
relaxing, reading, writing, whatever ..
 
There was a rumor that the new Dante would be serving dinner and drinks
at night and that is what customers would be expected to order, and
spend probably a minimum of $30 and upwards, but during the day 
people would be able to just go in for a Cappuccino or Espresso. it seems
doubtful that this will be possible, but time will tell. Time will tell what the
New Dante is, if its successful or not and if it stays the same as the owners
now intend or if it will morf into something else.
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The New DANTE
North Side Dining Room
 
 
 
APEROL SPRITZ
 
On The Menu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 .
.
.
 
 
 
 
 

JG MELON OPENS in GREENWICH VILLAGE with CAFFE DANTE on The Block

BIG NEWS on MACDOUGAL STREET


Caffe Dante


 

The beloved Greenwich Village institution for 100 years,
the new CAFFE DANTE is open to open its doors on
Macdougal Street in New York’s Greenwich Village where it 
operated for exactly 100 years before owner (44years) 
Mario Flotta called it quits in April 2015 and sold the
legendary caffe to new owners.
I just poped my head in there before and they look like they
ready to open any day now. Only thing is, although the place looks quite nice, it doesn’t look like it will be anything like it was for some
100 years, which is a true and classic Italian Caffe that served 
New York’s best cup of Espresso along with Cappuccino and 
Italian Pastries, Sandwiches, and homemade Gelato.
The new place looks like a cool new Italian Bar, or Wine Bar 
and not the type of place where a writer can go and linger
over a cappuccino for an hour while he bangs out his lates
novela.
Well, I’ll find out soon when I go and chcek it out.

A CLASSIC JG MELON BURGER
Up Macdougal Street less than 100 feet from Caffe Dante comes
a big new suprise for New York and Greenwich Village as an
offshoot of the famed Upper East Side ‘s famed JG MELON
bar and Burger Joint will be opening shortly on the corner
of Macdougal & bleecker Streets. Yhis guy for one is huge fan
of JG Melon and their awesome Burgers and am looking forward
to a great classic on a corner that has one mediocre food
establsihment after te other for the past 30 years. JG Melon
with their great burgers and cool laid back ambiance will be
a welcome new neighbor.
And by the way, for this guy, JG Melon makes one of 
New York’s Top Two Burgers along with The
Shake Shack, JG Melon and Shake Shack get my
# 1 and # 2 Votes …
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK


JG MELON BURGERS Are GREAT !
But The DUDE Prefers His
IN N OUT BURGERS
Learn How to Make Them
in
THE DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
“GOT ANY KAHLUA” ???






A Shuttered CAFFE DANTE

Ready to Spring into a New Chapter of Its Life

What Will It Be?







 JG MELON

The ORIGINAL

3rd Avenue at 72nd Stret, NEW YORK, NY


Danny Abrahms of The Mermaid & Red Cat
has partenered with longtime JG MELON Manager
Shaun Young to open a Greenwich Village outpost
of the famed JG MELON  …

If all goes well, this Greenwich Village JG Melon offshoot
promises to be the 1st of many others. Maybe a bad thing?

Vino Vongole & Lemonade in Positani Capri & Amalfi

CAPRI
 
 
View From The TOp of Monte Solario, Capri, Italy
 
with Faroglionni Rocks below …
 
 
copyright 2015 Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Favorite Lemonade Stand in Italy
 
Behind the famed Quississana Hotel
&
Across From CAESAR AUSUSTUS GARDENS, CAPRI
 
Also right by a Wonderful Little Hotel I Used to Stay At,
La TOSCA, a lovely little Hotel with the most Spectacular Views
of Capri and The Faralognni Rocks (most Iconic Symbol of Capri)
 
The Hotel is lovely and very affordle. I stayed ther in 1988, but stayed
in Anacapri this time at The Hotel Carmencita
 
 
 
 
 
 
Me at My Favorite Restorante in Positano
 
Da VINCENZO
 
With My ANtipasto of Polpo al Griglia e Carciofi Fritte
 
and a Nice Glass of Greco di Tufo local wine …
 
 
 
SPAGHETTI VONGOLE
 
al Solotaria, Anacapri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
When Italian-americans Cook
 
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 

Back to Italy Naples Sicily Amalfi Coast

First Stop NAPOLI
 
 
and
 
PIZZA !!!
 
 
 
 
la PIZZA
 
e PIZZAIOLO
 
 
 
la BELLA NAPOLI
 
Old Postcard of Naples
 
 
 
AMALFI COAST
 
RAVELLO
 
View From The Top
 
 
 
 
POSITANO
 
 
 
 
MINORI
 
The Amalfi Coast
 
aka
 
Costa di Amalfitana
 
 
 
 
 
VILLA MARIA
Lemon Grove Farm Agroturismo
in
Minori
 
 
This is Where I’ll Be Staying for Three Glorious Days
(Maybe More)
On The AMALFI COAST
 
One of The Most Beautiful Spots on Earth “Bar None”
 
This is The View From AGROTURISMO VILLA MARIA
in
MINORI, ITALY
 
This is One of The Many Gorgeous Views From The Property
 
Looking Down Onto the Lovely Town of Minori and Out On To The Sea
 
The Tyrrhenian Sea
 
 
 
This is My Back Porch Terrace of My Room
 
at
 
VILLA MARIA
 
 
 
Lemon Trees at Villa Maria
 
 
 
On to SICILY
 
 
 
 
Taormina
 
 
 
 
The GREEK THEATER
 
at TAORMINA
 
with
 
Mt ETNA
 
 
 
Piazza del Duomo
 
TAORMINA SICILY
 
 
on to PALERMO
 
 
A View of PALERMO
 
 
 
Mondello
 
 
Mondello is a Lovely Beach on The Outskirts of Palermo
 
 
 
Then on To My Friends at Villa TASCA
 
Villa Tasca
 
 
 
VINEYARDS at VILLA TASCA
 
 
 
 
Me & Conti Ciuseppe Tasca
 
with a Bottle of Giuseppe’s Famed Rosso del Conti
 
 
 
On to My Grandparents Home Town
 
 
 
My Maternal Grandparents
 
PHILIPO & JOSEPHINA BELLINO
 
with My Mother LUCIA
&
UNCLE TONY
 
Lodi, New Jersey
 
about 1940
 
 
I Will Go to The City Hall in Lercara Friddi and get any pertinent records
of my Grandparenst Philipo & Josephine. I will also go to the church they were
baptized in as well as being married there ..
 
Note : Our family Name was Bellina, spelled with an “a” not an “o” but like
many immigrants passing through Ellis Island back at the turn of the Century (1900), the
correct spelling of my Grandparents was changed slightly from Bellina to Bellino. Since that was the spelling of their name on the very important document of them passing through Ellis Island, New York in 1904, it was the spelling they stuck with and used.
 
 
 
The Chairman of The Board
 
Francis Alber Sinatra
 
aka FRANK
aka
 
FRANK SINATRA
 
Ancestry of Lercara Friddi, (Sicilia) Italy
 
 

My Grandparents who came from Lercara Friddi, the same town as Frank Sinatra and

Lucky Luciano, immigrated to America and settled on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in Yorkville, and lived there for a few years before moving to the town of Lodi in New Jersey, which was at the time inhabited sole of Italian-American Immigrants, of which 90% of them were from Sicily …
 
My Grandfather Philipo was a Shoemaker in Lercara Friddi as was Frank Sinatra’s 
grandfather. It’s most likely they knew each other being from a small town in the 1880’s, 90s, and early 1900 Hundreds .. We may even be related which I will try to find out at the city hall in Lercara Friddi. “Wouldn’t that be Cool?”
 
 
On to See My Friend FRANCISCO PLANETA
 
of
 
PLANETA WINES
 
 
PLANETA VINEYARDS
 
Sambuca, Sicily
 
 

 

CORLEONE
 
 
 
 
AL PACINO
 
 
 
aka
 
Michael Corleone
 
 
 
 
OFF to MARSALA 
 
to Visit My Friends Jose & Antonio Rallo 
at
Their Family Wine Estate DONNAFUGATA
 
 
 
View of MARSALA
 
SICILIA 
 
ITALY
 
 
DONNAFUGATA
 
MARSALA, ITALY
 
 
 
Brother & Sister
 
JOSE & ANTONIO RALLO
 
 
DONNA FUGATA VINEYARDS
 
MARSALA
 
 
 
 
Me & My FRIENDS WINES
 
CAMPACIO, VENICA SAUVIGNON
 
DONNAFUGATA “MILLE UNA NOTTE”
 
BARBI BRUNELLO
 
PLANETA CERASUALO Di VITTORIA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
by Daniel Bellino Z
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
 
RECIPES From MY SICILIAN NONNA
 
by DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE
 
COMING JULY 2015
 
Recipes From Josephina Bellino Her Children & Grandchildren

Zuppa di Cucuzza

ZUPPA di CUCUZZA
 
“THATS a GAGOOTZA” !!!
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA 
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
 
on
A Kickstarter Project
 
 
RECIPE
 
Zuppa di Cucuzza
 
Excerpted Form Daniel Bellino’s
 
Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook
 
 
 
 
ZUPPA di CUCUZZA
    “Gagootz” !!!!
This is a soup that my
mother used to make every now and then. Usually when her friend Mary Santangelo
gave her a couple big Cucuzza, from their backyard garden in Garfield. My
mother Lucia learned this recipe from her mother who used to make it back in
Sicily, and she learned how to make it from her mother, my Great Grandmother
Salemi. This dish is one of the quintessential recipes of this book, and also
of both the Italian-American and Sicilian-American table as a whole, and of
course of Sicilians in Sicily, especially in the years of the first 70 years of
the 20th Century from around 1900 to 1970’s or so. The soup is easy
to make and quite economical, feeding about 15 or 16 portions of which you can
serve over a 3 – 4 day time. Cucuzza are not always available in every store,
however more and more super markets are carrying them during their growing season,
and you can always get them at any produce store that specializes in Italian
foods.
This soup is a soup of
course, but almost a pasta dish as well, and you can vary the amount of pasta
as you like. Cooking pasta separately on the side and when you are serving it,
you will use double the amount of pasta or more, with less liquid in the soup
and using the soup actually as a sauce. I always do this, as there are always
leftovers when making a pot of it, and serving it as a pasta is a nice welcome
alternative to give one variety from the same dish. I do the same with Lentil
Soup to make Pasta Lenticchie, a pasta dish. In addition, if you like, you can
sauté one link of Italian Sweet or Hot Sausage, serve up the soup as either
pasta or soup and add a link of sausage or two to each plate. You will love it
any way you do, as do the Bellino’s and millions of other Italian’s have over
the years. So make it, and enjoy, and always Mangia Bene Amici!






GAGOOTZ

 

RECIPE :
1 large Cucuzza ak.a.
Gagootz
1 large onion, peeled and
diced
6 Garlic Cloves, peeled
and sliced thin
8 tablespoons Olive Oil
½ teaspoon Red Pepper
Flakes
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
½ tsp. Black Pepper
6 Plum Tomatoes, chopped
1 pound fresh cooked
Fava Beans, or frozen Baby Lima Beans (or canned lima beans)
1 pound imported Italian
Ditalini (or Ronzoni)
Cut off ends of the
Cucuzza and peel it with a vegetable peeler. Cut the Cucuzza in half
lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and discard. Cut into 1 ½ inch cubes.
Put olive oil and cucuzza
in a large 6-quart pot. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, occasionally
stirring with a wooden spoon. Add onion and cook for 4 minutes more.
Add garlic and cook for
3 minutes. Add red pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes and cook on
high heat for 5 minutes. Add water and cook on medium-low heat for 12 minutes.
Add Fava Beans (or Lima
Beans) and cook on low heat for 6 minutes.
Cook Ditalini according
to directions on package. When finished cooking, drain in a colander, making
sure to reserve 2 – 3 cups of water to add to soup.
Add all the pasta to the
soup. Add salt 7 Black Pepper and stir.
Add water little by
little to the soup until you reach the consistency that you like. The soup
should be fairly thick, yet slightly watery.
Ladle soup into bowls.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top of each bow of soup and pass grated
cheese for your guest to put in their soup.

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Save any remaining soup
in a closed container to enjoy anytime for lunch, dinner, or anytime
in-between.
 
 
ZUPPZ di CUCUZZA
 
 
Mangia Bene !!!
 
 
 
RECIPES in GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
 
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
 
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
 
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AL PACINO & AGLIO OLIO

AL PACINO
and AGLIO OLIO
“SPAGHETTI THAT IS” !!!
SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO
alla AL
AL PACINO & AGLIO OLIO

Al Pacino and Aglio Olio
you ask? What about it? Well it’s just that Spaghetti Aglio Olio always reminds
me of that great fellow New Yorker Sicilian American, the one-and-only Al
Pacino from da Bronx. It’s not a big deal, just a wonderful little memory for
me. When I was the Wine Director at the famed Barbetta Restorante on Restaurant Row in New York’s Theater
District (where Al often performs on stage), Al Pacino used to come and eat
there every now and then. He never wanted anything to fancy, but something that
just about all true blooded Italian-American wants, and that dish is Spaghetti
Aglio Olio, plain and simple, yet it’s in
our blood.
That’s what Al wanted
and that’s what we gave him, and Al loved it and you will too.



Recipe Excerpted
from
Grandma Bellino’s Cookbook

 

RECIPE
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
the Way AL Likes It !!!
“Al Pacino That Is”
Recipe Excerpted From Daniel Bellino’s Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook
Note : Note, the recipe for Spaghetti Aglio Olio as Al Pacino likes it and as it’s written in Daniel Bellino’s Grandma Bellino’s Cookbook, encompasses Two-Recipes-In-One .. You have the Recipe for Spaghetti w/ Garlic Oil & Anchovies, and to make Spaghetti Aglio Olio the way AL Likes It, is by making this recipe, but ommitting the ANchovies to end up with Spaghetti Aglio Olio, just the way the Great Al Pacino likes it. Mangia Bene!
INGREDIENTS :
¼ cup best quality
Italian Olive Oil
6 cloves of Garlic,
peeled and minced
½ teaspoon
Red Pepper Flakes
6 Anchovy
Filets minced fine
1 pound
imported Italian Spaghetti
¼ cup
Italian Parsley
Put a large pot with 4
quarts of water on the stove. Add 2 tablespoons salt and bring to the boil.
Place Olive Oil and
Anchovies in a large frying pan and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add garlic and cook on
medium heat for 2 minutes. Add red pepper and continue cooking on low heat
until the garlic begins to turn slightly brown. Turn heat off and let rest.
Add spaghetti to the
boiling salted water. Cook spaghetti according to directions on package. Two
minutes before the cooking time on package start testing the doneness of the
spaghetti by taking a strand out of the water and biting into it to see how far
cooked it. By doing this you’ll be able to determine if it needs to cook a bit
longer or if it’s ready.
Once the past is
finished cooking, quickly remove it from the heat and drain into a colander,
reserving about 4 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to add to pasta sauce.
Add spaghetti back to
the pot it cooked in and drizzle on a little olive oil and mix. Pour the garlic
anchovy sauce and the reserved pasta water over the spaghetti with half the
chopped Parsley and mix well.

Divide the spaghetti
among four pasta plates or bowls. Sprinkle the top of each plate of Spaghetti
with some chopped parsley and serve.
The GODFATHER
Micahel Corleone (Al Pacino), Captain McCloskey (Sterling Hayden),
and Sollozzo (Al Lettieri)
“GET THE VEAL. IT’S THE BEST in THE CITY”
MICHAEL NEVER ATE HIS SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO
BUT SOLLOZZO GOT HIS
MICHAEL GETS HIS REVENGE
GET THIS RECIPE AND MUCH MORE
in
GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
ONE LEAST PICTURE of AL
Al Pacino
as 
Bobby Deerfield
1977
HE’S a HANDSOME FRIGGIN DEVIL
ISN’T HE ???
ALSO by DANIEL
His # BEST SELLING
SUNDAY SAUCE
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GNOCHHI POMODORO
 
Notice AL PACINO on COVER
 
of Daniel Bellino Z’s SUNDAY SAUCE
 
WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK
 
 
Author Daniel Bellino “Z”
 
MAKING SAUCE
 
 
aka GRAVY