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

AL PACINO & AGLIO OLIO

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AL PACINO
and AGLIO OLIO
“SPAGHETTI THAT IS” !!!
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SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO
alla AL
AL PACINO & AGLIO OLIO
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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.
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Recipe Excerpted
from
Grandma Bellino’s Cookbook

 

RECIPE
Spaghetti Aglio Olio
the Way AL Likes It !!!
“Al Pacino That Is”
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Recipe Excerpted From Daniel Bellino’s Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook
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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 omitting the ANchovies to end up with Spaghetti Aglio Olio, just the way the Great Al Pacino likes it. Mangia Bene!
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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.
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The GODFATHER
Micahel Corleone (Al Pacino), Captain McCloskey (Sterling Hayden),
and Sollozzo (Al Lettieri)
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“GET THE VEAL. IT’S THE BEST in THE CITY”
MICHAEL NEVER ATE HIS SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO
BUT SOLLOZZO GOT HIS
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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”
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ONE LAST 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
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Author Daniel Bellino “Z”
 
MAKING SAUCE
 
 
aka GRAVY
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