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POSITANO The AMALFI COAST
TRAVEL GUIDE / COOKBOOK
From Best Selling Author
Publication May 31, 2019
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 Positano 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 going 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!
John’s of E. 12ths Street
So you absolutely Love SPAGHETTI CARBONAR? You have a hankering for it and was wondering who makes the Best Carbonara in the ccity of New York? look no further than East 12th Street and John’s of 12ths Street in the East Village. John’s has been turning out great Italian Food in what once was a neighborhood that was highly populated with Sicilian immigrants when the restaurant opened its doors more than 110 years ago in 1908 … Sicilian immigrants like Charles “Lucky” Luciano his family and peers. Luciano’s family came from the same town in Sicily as one Martino Severino Sinatra ( father of Frank), as well as 2nd generation Sicilian-American and Best Selling Italian Cookbook author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke whose grandparents Giuseppina Salemi and Fillipo Bellino immigrated to New York in the Year 1904 …
Spaghetti Carbonara is not a Sicilian dish, but a dish of Rome and Lazio. The dish was most likely not served at John’s until sometime between the 1950s and 70s, we’re not really sure, we do know that it was on the menu by at least the late seventies if not before. We also know that John’s makes one of the best plates of this dish in all of New York, if not the # 1 very Best of all. Try it yourself and see if you agree.
We can also tell you that John’s makes great Baked Clams Oreganta, Spaghetti & Meatballs and other dishes, including, without question the # 1 Best version of Speedino alla Romano in all of New York. This is fact.
John’s is a wonderful restaurant that thankfully has kept all the original decor of 1908 intact, from the old tile floors, wood bar, terrazzo side-walls and painted murals of Italian Citys and their landmarks, like; Venice, Naples and Mount Vesuvius, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Rome.
Yes we are quite fortunate to still have John’s old Italian restaurant to go to, places like this are a great part of the faric of our wonderful city. Sadly we have lost some great old Italian Red Sauce Joints like; Rocco’s of Greenwich Village, Gino’s of Lexington Avenue, Lanza’s around the block from John’s and De Roberti’s Pasticceria both of which were Sicilian owned and over a 100 years old each before they both sadly closed in the past few years. But you can still go to John’s, and a few other old joints, like Volare and Gene’s both in Greenwich Village and Beamonte’s in Brooklyn.
Are you going to Rome? Looking for the Best Carbonara in the Eternal City? Trattoria Danilo is considered to make the best Carbonara in town.
Via Petrarca 13, Roma, Italy tel . 39 06 7720 0111
“YOU SAY that You LOVE PASTA al AMATRICIANO?”
You can make it home ! The RECIPE is in SEGRETO ITALIAN, Secret Italian Recipes ..
Stories of Italian Food
RECIPES SPAGHETTI CARBONARA
MEATBALLS – BRACIOLE
READ about JOHN’S, Lanza’s , and DeRoberti’s, 100 Year Old Italians in the East Village of New York, Charles “Lucky” Luciano, and New York Italians
CINEMA PARIDISO was The THEME
At MONTE’S TRATTORIA Annual Oscar Party
GREENWICH VILLAGE NEW YORK
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni
In MARRIAGE IATLAIN STYLE
Two GIANTS of ITALIAN CINEMA
OSCARS PARTY at TRATTORIA MONTE’S
Peter Mosconi with his Dad Chef Pietro Mosconi
Docor Micke and John Bennett
Are The MASTERS of CEROMONIES
At Monte’s Trattoria Annual OSCARS PARTY
ACADEMY AWARDS of MOTION PICTURES
CHEF PIETRO MOSCONI
Making His Famous OSCARS COOKIES
For MONTE’S TRATTORIA
ANNUAL OSCARS PARTY
Grandma Bellino’s Cookbook
D. Bellino “Z”
Serving The Greenwich Village and Visitors
From Around The World
“TONY’S NUT HOUSE
Tucked between a partly vacant Roman Catholic church and a Vietnamese herbal store, the Beard Cafe, on Elizabeth Street, near Broome, could be mistaken for another downtown bar, priced out of SoHo or the East Village. At night, young urbanites and European tourists mingle to enjoy techno music and imported beer. Leftist literature competes for attention with a video art installation.
But during the day, the place mellows to resemble a European coffee shop with fresh muffins and stale cigarettes. When four elderly Italian men arrive, they create a bit of old Little Italy: the private social club, in the midst of a now-fashionable neighborhood. The men go to the rear of the club and descend into a hideout in the basement, where they spend several hours.
”It is the last traditional social club,” said Lillian Tozzi, a founder of the Little Italy Neighbors Association, whose family has lived on Mulberry Street for over a century.
The members of the club declined to be interviewed, but visitors say the basement is sparsely furnished with little more than a television set, a refrigerator and fading photographs of neighborhood friends. Not much happens, they add, besides watching television, playing a friendly game of hearts and chatting. Fans of ”The Sopranos” would be disappointed.
”You go to hang out with the boys,” said Tony Tenneriello, 80, the bartender at Mare Chiaro, an oak-paneled bar on Mulberry Street that evokes the area’s bygone charm. ”The bars were different back then. You could play a game of cards for a bottle of wine.”
Tony Tenneriello & Family
At His ITALIAN BAR
aka “TONY’S NUT HOUSE”
SINATRA with TONY
I first started going to Tony’s somewhere around 1984. Being myself (Danny) I always love the offbeat kind of place, whether we’re talking about restaurants, stores, Barber Shops, or in this cas bars. Don’t want anything shiney and knew, and most likely quite contrived. Give me a cool old well worn place like McSorley’s Ale House on East 7th Street (Since 1854) John’s of 12th Street, a few blocks from McSorley’s, Pete’s Tavern (Gramercy Park), or the good old Italian Bar, Mare Chiare on Mulberry Street in New York’s so-called Little Italy. Well, Mare Chiare (aka Tony’s Nut House) no longer exist. Not as that cool old Italian Bar, run by the unflappable Tony Tennerielo himself. Tony was just “Too Cool.” And he wasn’t even trying to be, he was just being Tony.
His Bar was absolutely awesome. It was low key, and had a cool old ambiance. It’s original 1908 deccor was kept pretty much intact. Tony’s was usually pretty quiet and you could go in there and get a drink, sit down at the bar or a table, throw a few quarters in the Juke Box, and play some “Dino,” Tony Bennett, and of course songs by Mr. Frank Sinatra. Sit down and relax, listening to great Italian-American music as you sipped your drink and chit-chatted with your friends. I here the place used to be busier back in the day, when the Old Police Head Quarters was still open, prior to 1973 when it was shut down and moved to it new facilities near City Hall. Before that, Mare Chiaro had a bit of a livelier crowd filled with lots of Policemen and Detectives of NYPD before the closing of Police HQs on Broome and Layfayette Streets nearby. The time-span when I went from 1984 until Tony Tenneriello sold his family’s old Italian Bar in 2003. Yes, most of the times I went to Tony’s wan’t crowded, usually, less than 12 people in the place. Regulars like me, simply called it Tony’s.
Besides going there any old time, especially on Sunday afternoons to watch a Giant’s or Yankees game, my favorite thing to do was to get an awesome Italian Sub Sandwich (to Go) at Parsisi’s Sanwich Shop, bring it to Tony’s, get a glass of Wine, put on some Sinatra and eat our tasty Sandwiches .
Yes, I had a lot of great times at Tony’s, but the best of all, was being at Tony’s one time when it was Tony’s Birthday. His family brought a Birthday Cake, we all sang “Happy Birthday Dear Tony,” Tony blew out the candles and we all had a piecce of cake, as one of his friends sang a couple Opera Songs. “Now what’s better than that I ask you?” Getting to sing Happy Birthdday to Mr. Anthony Tenneriello and sharing the good times and Tony’s Birthday Cake with the man himself.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
I have a few old pictures I took at Tony’s back in the day. One day I’ll dig them up and post them here, for you can never get enough of Tony, or his awesome old bar, Mare Chiaro, aka Tony’s Nut House.
The NEW YORK OBSERVER … March 4, 2003
TONY SELLS MARE CHIARO
“Arrivederci , Tony”
Already, the regulars are suspicious.
Mare Chiaro’s was a Little Italy watering hole with oak-paneled walls, sawdust on the floor and the Old World atmosphere of an Italian social club. In the 1990’s, both the Paris Review crowd and the dot-com Wunderkinds embraced the bar as their own, despite the bright overhead lights and lack of fruit-flavored martinis. More recently, Nolita hipsters have held court-all under the watchful eye of Tony Tenneriello, who sold the bar last month. Until then, Mr. Tenneriello, 81, could be seen there every night, cigar in his mouth, working past 1 a.m., shuffling from table to table to clear glasses and staring defiantly at anyone who lingered too long or got too rowdy. Locals just called the place “Tony’s.”
Mr. Tenneriello said he sold the bar because of his age and the long hours the job required. “It looked like I was going to die in that bar,” he said. “But I sold it.”
The new owners haven’t decided yet whether to take down the black-and-white photographs of Tony posing with Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, Madonna and others. “We have to retain the spirit of the bar,” said co-owner Eddy Welsh, 67, “but we also have to attract a new crowd. How much of a change do you make? Where do you draw the line?”
Indeed, Mr. Welsh and co-owner Richard Cestaro, 40, both local businessmen whose families grew up on Mulberry Street, have the unenviable task of “running Tony’s without Tony.” Their influence is already evident. In order to restore the exterior to what it looked like when the bar first opened in 1908, they’ve added copper outlay to the bar’s wooden doors and repainted the window frames, restoring them to their original white. Inside the bar, top-shelf liquor has been added, as has tap beer. The $3 Coronas now cost $5, and on the jukebox a buck buys two songs instead of three. The sawdust is gone. Soon the bar will serve lunch and late-night snacks: chicken wings, peel-your-own shrimp, eggs and peppers. Also under consideration is live Dixieland or country music. “Please God, NO !!!”
The bar had been in Mr. Tenneriello’s family since the turn of the century, when his father, Christopher Tenneriello, opened a small bar called C. Tenneriello’s at 1761¼2 Mulberry. Tony’s father worked the bar and Tony’s mother cooked Chicken Parmigiana and Spaghetti & Meatballs for a crowd of local Italians. After school, Tony would go to the bar and do his homework.
The police were the bar’s biggest crowd, coming in for lunch from their nearby headquarters on Centre Street. Members of the neighborhood’s crime families stayed away, according to Mr. Tenneriello.
“I’m not saying that no one ever came in,” he said. “But let me just say, thank God for the police.”
The police headquarters moved away in 1973, as did many of the neighborhood Italians, replaced by Chinese immigrants. By the late 80’s, the bulk of Mare Chiaro’s business were tourists who came to the city to visit the rash of new restaurants on Mulberry Street. Padding out the crowd was a mix of Artists and Writers . In the mid-1990’s, editors from the Paris Review met there every Friday night. The dot-commers would come by after long hours at their Broadway offices.
Nowadays, the crowd is thinner. A recent Thursday night found the bar sparsely populated with a mix of tourists, hipsters (White Stripes look-alikes) and stockbrokers. Sinatra’s “Summer Wind” played on the jukebox; an eager, short-haired female bartender was offering shots.
One of the stockbrokers, Mike, in his mid-30’s, had been coming to Mare Chiaro for the last six years.
“It was better when Tony ran the place,” he said, lowering his voice and looking around the bar. “The new owners want to get the yuppies in here. You can tell by the little things they’re doing-raising the prices of the drinks, the jukebox.”
Asked about this, Mr. Cestaro looked pained and said, “You can’t run a business selling $3 drinks.” He added that the bar’s prices are now on par with the other neighborhood bars.
If Mr. Cestaro and Mr. Welsh don’t have the full support of some of the regulars, they seem to have earned the respect of locally owned Italian businesses.
“To be honest, the bar needed an update,” shrugged one Mulberry Street restaurant owner. “The new owners are good guys. They realize they’re dealing with an institution; they’re not going to change it too much. Tony knew what he was doing when he sold it to them.”
Mr. Tenneriello said he has no interest in what the new owners may or may not change.
“What people want, and what people don’t want, it doesn’t matter,” he said, laughing hoarsely. “Things are going to change. It’s called progress, honey.”
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Porto Rico Coffee Roasters , Since 1907
The name may sound Puerto Rican, but it’s not. Porto Rico Coffee is Italian, owned and operated by the Italian-American Longo family in Greenwich Village Since 1907
In Greenwich Village Since 1906
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To have a great little pasta shop like Raffetto’s is a true Blessing. For years this part of Greenwich Village was a hardcore Italian neighborhoood filled with Italian Immigrants mostly fromthe Southern Italian Regions of Naples (Napolitan), Sicily (Sicilian), and Calabrese, with some Genoese (Genoa) sprikled in as well, as were the Raffetto family who opened their passta shop on Houston Street in the South Greenwich Village neighborhood in 1906, and I’m for one of thousands who are so grateful they did. I’m able to go around the block and get my box of 48 homemade Meat Or Cheese Ravioli and grated Pecorino or Parmigiano to sprinkle over the Ravioli.
You get a box of Raffetto Raviolis and leave them in your freezer. Whenever you’re going to have lunch or dinner, all you have to do is put on a pot of boiling water, throw your Ravioli in, and a few minutes later they’re ready to eat. Drain the raviolis, lay on a plate, put on a pate of butter, a tiny bit of Olive Oil and sprinkle on some grated cheese and you’re all ready to go with a delicious plate of Italian Ravioli. “What’s better than that?” Ravioli from Raffetto Pasta are a God Send.
I love to dress them with Butter & Parmigiano as they dress ravioli in most places around Italy. Or do as the the Neapolitans and Caprese prefer, dressed in Sugo di Pomodoro (Tomato Sauce), and cheese.
On Macdougal Street in GREENWICH VILLAGE Since 1918
100 YEAR OLD NEW YORK ITALIAN
Owned and Operated by The MOSCONI FAMILY
Three Generations of MOSCONI’S in front of MONTE’S
PIETRO MOSCONO (Chef/Owner) with Son PETER (GM/Owner)
and PIETRO’S Grandsons : Pietro, Anthony, and Paulo
Like Rafettos Pasta and Porto Rico Italian Coffee Roasters, Monte’s Trattoria is a beloved 100 year old, Italian Food Business in Greenwich Village New York. And just like Rafettto’s, Caffe Reggio, and Porto Rico, Monte’s is a God-Send of a place that we can all go to with our friends and family, for a good Old School Italian meal, and enjoy life. We are quite fortunate that places like Rafetto and Monte’s are still here and haven’t been obliterated by high-rent and other variables which have taken a toll on wonderful Old School Italian places like Lanza’s and DeRobertis Italian Pastries, two 100 year old Italian food-spots (a restaurant & Pastry Shop) that so sadly recently closed. Places like Monte’s Trattoria and John’s of E. 12th Street are two “Living Museum Pieces” that Than God are both still open for us to enjoy and have those warm wonderful feeling of Old New York Italian Enclaves, you can still have a tasty Italian Dinner in restaurants that have been serving New Yorkers and people from literally All Around The World for 100 Years and more. “We Thank You All.”
Not 100 YEARS OLD
But JOHN’S PIZZERIA of BLEECKER STREET
Is Not Far Behind, serving some of America’s BEST PIZZA
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Italian Bread Bakers
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A Readers Comment o The old VESUVIO BAKERY
I used to live around the corner, on prince street in soho, back when the neighborhood’s italian immigrant roots were much more evident than they are now. there was none of the abercrombie crew emporio starbucks navy barn nonsense back then…. storefronts were owner-occupied a la michael anchin, or (real) art galleries and museums (guggenheim soho, anyone?) or art “stores” like keith haring’s pop shop, or independent interiors shops like ad hoc softwares and almost everything on lafayette and the forever-missed canal surplus down on, you guessed it, canal street. by the time i’d moved into the neighborhood, soho was well on it’s way to transforming from a once-african-then-irish-then-italian immigrant neighborhood into an artist neighborhood, and, though i didn’t realize it at the time, into the bourgouise enclave i’d flee just a few years later for artier (and more affordable) digs.
but, in the meantime, mr. dapolito welcomed us all.
Anothny Dapolito was wonderful and equally friendly to his old friends and “newcomers” like me, probably 40, 50 years his junior. from the first time i walked into vesuvio bakery until the last time i was there before his death (he’d been frail and sick and not always behind the counter in the last years,) he treated me like a part of the neighborhood and i felt, as an extension of that welcome, like a part of the family. a distant cousin, perhaps, but family, nonetheless.
it bore a stark contrast to my neighborhood baker near my just-previous apartment, which happened to be in paris, france… there, the baker (boulangeriere) pretended not to even know who i was for the first year i lived there, despite my arrival roughly four days per week for a fresh baguette and croissants on almost the weekend.
when mr. dapolito died, the doors stayed open, and when people would inquire where he was, the kind and stoic and slightly sad but honest and open reply, given no doubt by someone who loved him more than we did, was this,”he died last week… but thank you for asking about him.”
that “vesuvio bakery” storefront is an iconic new york image, and mr. dapolito was everything that was right with new york. i am glad i got to know him, beyond the iconic surface, if only a little bit. His bread wasn’t half bad, either.
ITALIAN AMERICA’S Favorite Recipes
Including Spaghetti Meatballs
BRACIOLE , ITALIAN SUNDAY SAUCE GRAVY
and Much More …
John’s of East 12th Street
Mobster Lucky Luciano Whacked someone right in front of John’s one day.
No longer Italian
But it used to Be
The building was built in 1847 and was an Italian Grocery store until 1863 when it became a Saloon. Michael Fanelli’s family purchased the building in 1922 and that’s when it became Cafe Fanelli. During Prohibition, Fanellii’s operated as a Speakeasy from 1920 to 1933. Famous former customers include; Bob Dylan, Chuck Close, and Italian Boxer Rocky Graziano, a native of Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
used to hear her talking about it when I was a little kid. Although I shared
many wonderful meals with my dear Aunt Helen, I never had the pleasure of
having the famous Christmas Eve Dinner “La Vigilia” Feast of 7 FishFeast of 7 Fish with her. We always had Christmas Eve dinner with the immediate family and Aunt Helen had the Christmas Eve with her brother and sister and other family
members. Aunt Helen was born in Salerno, Italy and was my Uncle Franks (1 of my Mother’s 3 brothers) better half. So for our Christmas Dinner my mother would
make an Antipasto of Salami, Provolone, Peppers, and Olives, followed by Baked
Ziti and a Baked Ham studded with cloves and Pineapple rings.
Joe, his family and my girlfriend Duyen. We had been talking about this famous
Italian Feast a few weeks previous, and were thinking of making it. Joe told me he wanted to have the Christmas Eve Meal of The Feast of The 7 Fishes, known
in Italy as La Viglia (The Vigil) or “La Festa Dei Sette Pesci,” which is also known in Italian-America as The Feast of The 7 Fish, that signify the 7 Sacraments. Now, how’s all that for a mouthful?
environs of Napoli. The Feast of The 7 Fish is a Southern Italian tradition that does not exist in the rest of Italy, it is of the South. La Viglia, or “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” as it isknown to Italian-Americans commemorates the waiting (Vigil) of the Baby Jesus to be Born at Midnight and the Seven Fish represent the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Some also that the Seven Fish might signify the 7 Days of Creation, or The Seven Deadly Sins, but most believe the 7 Fish pertain to the Seven Sacraments.
perform the ceremony. He didn’t need to ask twice. I had never made it before
and was dying to do so. For a long time I had yearned to partake in this celebrated old Southern Italian Ritual, and this was my chance. Naturally I was excited, so was Joe.
The anticipation of the Great Feast to come was of happy expectations and excitement.
Italian origins ever ate these wonderful little bivalves. Now-a-days every-body does. As a young boy I remember my mother sending me to Bella Pizza in East Rutherford to get an order of them for her. She always gave me a few and I have Loved them ever since.
ten-pound box from Silvano in order to get them. The best way to cook langoustines is to split them in half and sauté them on each side in olive oil with a little butter and garlic. We served the Langoustines the same way as Silvano does as we feel his recipe is the best and everybody loves them that way. The Langoustines are served with a salad of thinly shaved fennel and celery dressed in olive oil and lemon with some split cherry tomatoes. Absolutely delicious!!!
Earth, well except for Sunday Sauce of course.
experience. It was a huge success but quite a bit too much work and actually, too much food, everyone was kind of full already by the fifth fish. The following year we decided on incorporating the Seven Fish into three courses instead of seven separate ones as it’s just too much, too much to eat and too much to cook, a lot of work, and who needs to work that hard on Christmas. It was a good decision. We
still had 7 different fish, which is a must. Serving these 7 Fish in three courses was a good idea as it is much more manageable that way, both to cook and to eat.
Calamari, which I would not have chosen again because it was a lot of work, but it was Alex and Joe’s favorite and they said that it was a must. This was our Antipasto Course.
Alexandra and her mom helped me, so the amount of work was cut down
and divided into three, “A good thing.”
into the squid.
Fish required for the meal. It consisted of Mussels, Clams, Lobster, and Scallops cooked with garlic, oil, herbs, and just a touch of tomato.
sour onion sauce (Bacala Fresca Agro Dolce). Everybody went bananas for it especially cousin Joe who raved at each and every dish I put down. It’s a pleasure cooking for Joe as his for eating and for the Italian American way of life, the food, the wine, the rituals. Joe truly Loves and savors the experience, so I always love
to cook for him, Alexandra, their children, or just about anyone for who savors
the experience so well. This goes the same for my cousin Anthony Bellino his wife Debbie and their three girls Chrissy, Danna, and Allison, along with all my
close friends and family.
you give two of life’s great gifts, a tasty Home-Cooked meal combined with a
little bit of Love. Scratch that. “A whole lotta Love!”
Sadly closed in 2016
Dining at LANZA’S
MANGIA BENE !
LANZA’S Since 1904
The same year my Grandparents Giuseppina & Fillipo Bellino came to New York
from LERCAR FRIDDI SICILY ….
1010 YEAR OLD MURALS of VENICE
NAPLES , PISA , ROME
Painting of Founder MICHAEL LANZA’S
Who Immigrated to New York’s Lower East Side Sicilian Community and opened his resataurant LANZA’S in 1904 ….
LANZA’S Sadly Closed in 2016 and is Now JOE and PAT’S PIZZERIA
SICILIAN AMERICAN RESTAURANT
1st Avenue, NEW YORK NY
Woody Allen famously used the restaurant to film a scene in his 1993 film, Manhattan Murder Mystery. Characters played by Diane Keaton and Allen himself had dinner at an “Italian mafia joint” in New Jersey, which was actually Lanza’s.
One regular was Carmine “Lilo” Galante, who also frequented neighboring Italian haunts, John’s Restaurant and DeRobertis Pastry Shop . Galante’s family, the Bonanno’s, as well as the Gambino family, loved Lanza’s. In fact, according to the NY Times, after Galante was assassinated in 1979, his funeral service was held at Lanza-Provenzano Funeral Home (owned by the same Lanza family) a few blocks down Second Avenue from Lanza’s, and the restaurant’s maitre d’ and co-owner at the time, Bobby Lanza, was also the mortician in charge of the service.
The Lanza name, however, is most notoriously associated with Joseph “Socks” Lanza, cousin to Lanza’s Restaurant owner Michael Lanza, labor rackateer, head of the Genovese crime family, and controller of the Fulton Fish Market during the 40’s and 50’s (from this alone, he received over $20 million in profits). Although Michael Lanza never reached the crime status of his cousin or was part of organized crime officially, he did a little wheeling and dealing himself. According to the NY Times, in 1976 he, along with two other men, was arrested for bribery, conspiracy, and gambling. The men had paid over $18,000 in bribes to police officers for matters involving illegal activity at the restaurant. No records indicate that the men served time. Although now under new ownership, stepping into Lanza’s and ordering some Chicken Parm still feels like stepping into a vintage piece of East Village history.
ROBERT DeNIRO in LANZA’S Shooting a scen for ANGEL HEART
DeNIRO as LUCIFER
at LANZA’S with EGG
MICKEY ROURKE with ROBERT DeNIRO at LANZA’S
LUCIFER’S EGG SCENE in the Motion Picture ANGEL HEART
Starring MICKEY ROURKE & LISA BONNETT
DeRobertis Pastry Shop
1st Avenue , New York NY
Inside DeROBERTIS PASTRY SHOP
We’ve already established that the mafia in the East Village liked their Cannolis and their veal scallopini. This next bit of history is is consistent with that pattern. Lanza’s Restaurant, located at 168 1st Avenue in a tenement built in 1871, was opened in 1904 by Sicilian-Italian transplant Michael Lanza. It is rumored that in Italy he had been chef to King Victor Emmanuel III. And this regal influence is definitely apparent in the kitschy interior of large painted murals of places like Mount Vesuvius and the stained glass windows. These elements, along with the tin ceiling, are all original or very close to it. Also original to this turn-of-the-century throwback: the customers. According to an interview done by Eater, 90% of the patrons are long time regulars.
Sadly closed in 2015 , after more than 100 Years serving Italians, normal citizens and Gangsters for so many years.
East 12th Street New York , NY
NOTE : JOHN’S is still in Business and Not Part of LOST ITALIAN NEW YORK
CHARLES “LUCKY” LUCIANO
Luciano grew up in the East Village (LES) of New York where he immigrated to with his parents at the age of 9 , from LERCARA FRIDDI SICILY, the same town the SINATRA FAMILY and Best Selling Italian-Cookbook Author DANIEL BELLINO “Z” hail from. And coincidentally Daniel Bellino worked as a Waiter / Bartender for 7 years when he was in his 20s …
Luciano frequented both JOHN’S and LANZA’S Italian Restaurants which have been around since the early 1900s. He also ate at Brunetta’s on 1st Avenue as well as the former La FOCACCERIA on the same block. La FOCACCERIA was a SICILIAN restaurant that sold Sicilian Specialties like (opened til 2010) the beloved sandwich of PALERMO called Pane Milza (Vastedda) along with Panelle, Arancini (Rice Balls) and Sfingione which is the true Sicilian Pizza …
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
Above : NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINE of LUCIANO GENOVESE VALENTI SHOOTING
in Front of JOHN’S Italian Restaurant on East 12th Street
Well Dressed Gunmen:
Vito Genovese and Lucky Luciano
On August 11th 1922 Umberto Valenti was having a plate Chicken Parmigiana. Some time around noon, Valenti and six laughing companions emerged from their lunch at John’s on East 12th Street. Walking eastward when smiles turned into frowns. Suddenly, Valenti spooked and bolted towards Second Avenue as two slick, well-dressed gunmen whipped out revolvers and fired. Gangland legend holds that one of the shooters was none other than Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Masseria’s newest protégé was future Geovese Crime Family Boss Vito Genovese.
The Chain of Evenets Follows :
1.Umberto Valenti emerges from John’s of 12th Street. Lucky Luciano and another assassin open fire. 2. Valenti draws a revolver and is hit in the chest with a bullet. He staggers to a waiting taxicab and dies. 3. The gunmen shoot two innocent bystanders before disappearing into a tenement.
“It was the coolest thing I ever saw. People were shrieking and running in all directions, and this fellow calmly fired shot after shot. He did not move until he had emptied his weapon. With blood spurting from his clothing, Valenti tried to raise up his pistol but his wounds prevented him from doing so. He made for a waiting taxicab, collapsing on the Northwest corner of 12th Street.”
CHICKEN PARM at JOHN’S
Charles “Lucky” Luciano
Born SALVATORE LUCANIA 1897
Lercara Friddi , Sicilia
Parents imigrated to America in 1906 when Salvatore was just 9 Years Old
They settled in The LOWER EAST SIDE of MANHATTAN , NEW YORK NY
UMBERTO’S CLAM HOUSE
Mulberry Street LITTLE ITALY NEW YORK
MOB BOSS “CRAZY JOE GALLO” was Whacked at UMBERTO’S on April 8 , 1972
Gallo had arrived at Umberto’s shortly after 5 a.m. and, according to witnesses, was loud and happy. The party ordered house specialties such as scungilli, calamari and mussels. Wine was brought to the table.
Besides the Gallo party, there were nine other customers in the restaurant, which opened three weeks ago. The gunman entered through a side door and went directly to behind Gallo’s table.
The man, described as about 5-foot-8, stocky, about 40 years old and with receding dark hair, fired twice, striking Gallo in the left shoulder and, as the hood fell over, in the left buttock. Diapioulas drove for cover but was also hit in the buttock.
The killer calmly turned and walked out into Mulberry St. to a waiting car. Diapioulas apparently fired three times at the gunman. Other Gallo hoods ran to the street and began blasting at the car as it sped away.
“GET THE VEAL, it’s the Best in the CITY”
AL PACINO , Sterling Hayden , and AL LITTERI
at LOUIE’S RESTAURANT in The BRONX
The Restaurant used as LOUIE’S RESTAURANT in The GODFATHER
was The Old LUNA’S RESTAURANT on White Plains Road
Italian restaurants have been thriving for so long in New York City, it seems strange to imagine a time when there were none.
That was just before Enrico & Paglieri opened on West 11th Street off Sixth Avenue.
“Countless people’s first Italian table d’hote meal was had here at this proudly immaculate place which, going and growing since 1908, now takes the underparts of three brownstone houses,” states 1948 restaurant guide Knife and Fork in New York.
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