Don’t Forget The Cannolis Clemenza

“Leave The GUN, Take The CANNOLIS” Clemenza (Richard Castellano of Jersey) tells Rocco who just “Made His Bones” whacking Paulie who set up Don Corleone …  Sonny finds out and this Clemenza he doesn’t want to see him any more (WHACK Him “Kill”)
This is a Classic scene in the Mario Puzzo – Francis Ford Coppola classic “The Godfather”
We see Clemanza holding the box of Cannolis for his wife who was the one who told Clemenza when he was leaving their house “Don’t Forget the CANNOLIS”
This is One of The Most Famous and most-quoted lines in movie history.
Yes, “don’t Forget The Cannolis,” Clemenza’s wife tells him as he leaves the house. And if you’ve ever tried the Cannolis at Rocco’s Pastries on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village New York, you won’t want to forget thes tasty Sicilian Specialties either. Yes Cannolis are Sicilian. And speaking of Sicilian Pastries, fi you don’t already know, Sicily is renowned for having both the Best Gelato and best pastries in the whole of Italy. I’m Sicilian American and I was practically weaned on these tasty little treats. And Rocco’s around the block from my apartment (Lucky Me) makes the best in The City. Believe me! Rocco’s is a truly wonderful Pastry Shop that makes all sorts of amazing Italian Cookies, Cakes, and Pastries like Cannoli, Sfogiatelle, Eclairs, Rhum Baba, Lobster Tails and much more. 
When you walk into the place, you’ll just love it. It’s absolutely wonderful, with showcases that stretch about 30 feet, filled with Rocco’s Mouthwatering Cookies, Cakes, and Pastries. They’ve got Coffee and Italian Ices too. The ambiance is wonderful, and you can sit down at the caffe tables for an Espresso, Cappuccino, and whatever marvelous sweets you decide to eat. They are all quite Irresistible.  You are sure to have a little quandary as you try to decide which of the huge selection you will take home. But it is quite a good Quandary to be in. Enjoy!
 The Best Cannolis in Town
Rocco’s Pastries
Greenwich Village, New York
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
Recipe in SUNDAY SAUCE  by Daniel Bellino
by Danny Bolognese




Sunday Sauce is excerpted from Daniel Bellino-Zwicke’s upcoming book “Sunday Sauce”   Due for Release Novoember 2013 …

When a meal centered around a Sunday Sauce is announced, one can have visions of Blissful Ecstasy at thoughts of eating Pasta laden with Italian Sausages, Savory Meatballs, Beef Braciola, and succulent Pork Ribs. All this has been slowly simmered to culinary perfection. Yes just the thoughts can enrapture one into a Delightful Frenzy of the Most Blissful Feelings of smelling, seeing, and consuming all the ingredients, the Sausages, Meatballs and Gravy. Yes a Sunday Sauce can and does have such effects on one’s mind, body,  and soul. And, I do not want to sound prejudice, but this is pure fact, it is the Male of the Italian-American species who Love The Sunday Sauce in all its form, far more than the  female sex.  True! Meatballs too! And Italian-American men and boys Love and hold  oh-so-dare, their Meatballs, Sunday Sauce, Sausage & Peppers,  and Meatball Parm Sandwiches.

  The  Sunday  Sauce that  my mother  would make was with Meatballs and Beef Braciole. My memories are vivid watching my mother stuffing the Braciole with  garlic, parsley, Pecorino Romano, and Pignoli Nuts,  then  tying the bundles with  butchers cord to hold  the Braciole together as they slowly simmered in the Gravy.  Another fond memory was helping my mother roll and shape the Meatballs.