The Sopranos

Frederico Casteluccio, Steven Van Zandt, James Gandolfini

Bumped into Federico today. Frederico Castelluccio that is. I know Federico for a few years. We are not fast friends or anything like that, aquaintances you could say, I know him from around town and when he first started coming to a restaurant I was Wine-Director of Barbetta. Federico first came to Barbetta with Tony Cipolla and the great Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini of Swept Away and other fame.

Anyway I bumped into Federico who was having lunch with a friend at Da Silvano Restaurant in my neighborhood. We chatted a few minutes and I gave him a copy of my book “La TAVOLA” Hope he likes it. Many might not know, but Federico is a World Renowned Painter. He paints in oils in the classic style, and he is a great painter. Federico was born in Naples, Italy and grew up in Paterson, New Jersey were his parents immigrant to when Federico was just 4 years old in 1964. Federico was a talented young artist and was awarded a full scholarship to The School of Visual Arts. Federico started acting in 1986 and is best know for his role as Furio in HBO’s The SOPRANOS. Federico has many other acting credits. He’s an all around talented guy and a Prince of a Person. We look forward to all of Federico’s artist endeavors in painting, acting, and other. Bravo Federico!



Federico Castelluccio In HIS STUDIO


Painting by Federico Castelluccio
Painting by Federico Castelluccio


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“La TAVOLA” Is Available on along with Other Titles by Daniel Bellino Zwicke, Including THE FEST of THE 7 FISH and GOT ANY KAHLUA?  The COLLECTED RECIPES of The DUDE …. ABIDE ! Watch for Daniel’s “SUNDAY SAUCE” Due For NOVEMBER 2013 PUBLICATION ….









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