Thursday, November 30, 2017

Dom DeMarco Gets His Haircut

 
Dom DeMarco
 
Gets a Haircut at DiFARA PIZZERIA
 
BROOKLYN , NEW YORK
AMERICA'S GREATEST PIZZAIOLO
 
 
Dom DeMarco
MASTER PIZZA MAKER
DOM DeMARCO
DiFARA PIZZERIA
BROOKLYN
 
SUNDAY SAUCE
 
WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK
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Josh Ozersky on DiFara Pizza



The Great DOM DeMARCO


AMERICA'S GREATEST PIZZAIOLO





The Late Great JOSH OZERSKY


at DiFARA PIZZERIA

BROOKLYN , NEW YORK





DOM DeMARCO Jr. with JOSH OZERSKY


On The HISTORY of DiFARA PIZZA









GRANDMA BELLINO'S COOKBOOK

RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pizza Night in Jersey

 

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Pizza Town
Route 46 , Garfield , New Jersey

"The First Place I ever had a Calzone!"



  My first memories of PIZZA were from Bella Pizza in East Rutherford, New Jersey. I was a young boy and this Pizzeria just opened on Park Avenue. It was a standard Pizzeria like many others found all over the New York-New Jersey metro area, serving solid pizza just the way the locals like it. The pizza was of a high standard as all the pizza must be if you’re going to make and sell Pizza in the heavily Italian-Populated New York and New Jersey areas. A large pie which you just ordered as a Pizza, the one that is known as Pizza Margherita in Italy is made of the pizza dough topped with tomato sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil. Basta!    The Pizza in America are much larger than those made in Italy and are cut into 8 triangular slices and are enough for 2 or 3 people to eat, or even four if you’re not that hungry or sharing a Pizza just as a snack in-between meals. I can still remember the price of the pizza at Bella Pizza in East Rutherford back in the 60s a whole pie cost just $1.50 and a slice was .20 cents. So if you wanted what they call in Napoli and all over Italy the Pizza Margherita, you just simply ordered a Pizza, or a Cheese Pie, or simply a Pie, meaning it was with Tomato, Mozzarella , and Basil and no other toppings. And if you wanted extra toppings, you just say a Pepperoni Pie, or half mushroom half pepperoni, or a Sausage Pie or whatever. That’s the way it was and more or less still is with ordering Pizza at your standard pizzeria. Nowadays most pizza cost between $2.25 and $2.75 a slice and about $16.00 to $20 and even more for a whole plain pie.    Anyway, as most kids did and do, we loved eating pizza, and on most Friday nights it was Pizza Night for many families in Jersey. Mom didn’t want to cook that night, the kids loved getting pizza and looked forward to it as a special treat on Friday nights, as we knew it as Pizza Night and we just loved it. We’d have pizza, Coca-Cola and some sort of sweets, a cake or Ice Cream for desserts after we ate our Pizza. Yes Friday Night Pizza was always a much loved treat as a child growing up in Jersey in the 1960s and 70s. We’d listen to WABC Radio and Top 20 Hits, R&B, and Rock-N-Roll and all was fine in the World, we had all that we needed. How I miss those sweet days of youth and a simpler time than today. Back then you had everything you needed in life. We had Radio and TV and we still do today. We had Cars that were beautiful unlike some of the ugly ones of today. We had the Telephone, no cel phones or internet, we didn’t need them. We all had a Football, a Basketball, a Baseball Bat, Baseball, and Glove to play Baseball, Basketball, and Football as all healthy American boys did back then. We didn’t have Video Games but we had Aurora Racing Car sets, maybe Electric Trains, and wonderful Board Games like; Monopoly, Candyland, Chess, Checkers, Stratego, and Battle Ship. And one of the most wonderful things we had back then in the 60s & 70s was great music unlike the Crap they call music today, we had Great Top 100 Hits, wonderful R&B sounds of Motown and The Philly Sound, we had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Rock-N-Roll, what do the kids have for music today? Sadly, just Crap Rap and the other garbage they think is music. Yes it’s quite sad what has happened to music in the past 20 years. But yes we had everything we needed; Radio, TV, cars, a stereo, Sports, great music to listen to, and Pizza, we always had Pizza, we still do.    Well sorry, I got off topic, but it’s all part of the story you see. In Italy when it comes to Pizza it’s a bit different than the way Pizza is done in America. Pizza was born in Napoli where it is revered into a high religion and is to made just so. The Pizza is much smaller and is made for one and they do not make slices unless you are in Rome or other parts of Italy where they make Pizza that is made in large pans ahead of time and then cut into squares and heated up when a customer orders some. That’s Pizza Taglio, and most Pizza made in Italy is Neapolitan Pizza that is made to order. As we’ve said they are individual sized (about 12” round) for one person and made to order and are cooked in hot wood burning ovens to strict standardized specifications. A Pizza Margherita made in the true Neapolitan fashion is made with fresh tomato puree, olive oil, salt, fresh garlic, basil, and mozzarella placed on top, then the pizza cooks in the hot wood burning oven, and is ready in just about 4-5 minutes. Pizza Margherita was created by Raffaella Esposito in 1889 where he was working at Pizzeria di Pietro. He made the Pizza and named it in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy who was visiting Naples (Napoli) at the time. American Pizza on the other hand is made with a cooked sauce and we tend to put more sauce and cheese than they do in Italy .    Now, my own experience eating Pizza in Italy. Well the first pizza I first had in Italy was Pizza Taglio (pan Pizza) and not the Classic Neapolitan Pizza, which is by far the dominant pizza in all Italy, and though there is Pizza Taglio which is sold in square slices, it’s a mere fraction as far as its presence goes, which is just about 1% of all Pizza consumed in Italy is Pizza Taglio, the rest being classic Neapolitan. Anyway, there’s very good pizzeria that makes Pan Pizza close to the train station in Rome. Like other pizzerias that make Pizza Taglio in Italy, there’s an array of different pizzas with different toppings that are already made and are laid out before you. You choose which type of pizza you’d like, tell them the size you want, they cut it and weight it to determine the price by weigh. Yes the pizza is a bit different in America, but it’s dammed good, and America makes the world’s best pizza outside of Italy. And as far as Pizza goes in America, everyone knows that the best Pizza in the country is made in New York, and especially in Brooklyn with great shrines to Pizza in the form of; Tottono’s in Coney Island, Grimaldi’s, and DiFara Pizza by Pizza Maestro Dom DeMarco. Then you’ve got John’s on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village and the first Pizzeria ever to exist in the United States Lombardi’s on Prince Street, established in 1905.    Anyway, enough with the technicalities of Pizza, sometimes things are analyzed too much, just eat it and enjoy. We loved eating Pizza on Pizza Night or any time of the week when we were lucky enough to get it. And there is one particular time that I always remember. We went on a trip with our local church to the big beautiful Riverside Cathedral in New York one time, and it was a very special trip. When we came home, the Priest and other church officials made a little Pizza Party for us in the church basement. They ordered a bunch of Pizzas for all the kids (Grownups too) and it was a very special thing for us, as pizza always was and even so to this day. Yes there’s nothing like when you’re a child and they have a Pizza Party for you, we just loved it. And so these are my memories of Pizza.




  Excerpted From "MANGIA ITALIANO" Memories of Italian Food  


     by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke  




 
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Typical Large Pie for PIZZA NIGHT in The 60s



 
Read about PIZZA NIGHT , CANNOLIS, PROVOLONE, MEATBALLS, 
Growing Up Italian in America, Italian Food, Italy, and more, 
in best selling author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke's 
latest book, Mangia Italiano - Memories of Italian Food.



     
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MANGIA ITALIANO !

The Latest From Daniel Bellino "Z"











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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Julia Roberts PIZZA Eat Pray Love

JULIA ROBERTS
 
EATS PIZZA
 
at Da MICHELE
 
 
in EAT PRAY LOVE
 
 
NAPOLI ITALY
 
 
 
 
The Crowd Outside ANTICA PIZZERIA da MICHELE
 
NAPOLI
 
Where JULIA ROBERTS Ate PIZZA in The Movie "EAT PRAY LOVE"
 
 
 
 
 
EATING PIZZA in NAPOLI
 
JULIA ROBERTS , PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
 
Cookbook Author DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
 
 
 
 
 
PIZZERIA da GAETANO
 
Makes Some of NAPOLI'S BEST
 
PIZZA
 
Neat PORTO CAPUANA 
 
NAPOLI ITALY
 
 
 
 
My PIZZA FUNGHI
 
at Da GAETANO PIZZERIA
 
NAPOLI
 
 
 
 
FRIGGIN AWESOME PIZZA
 
at RESTORANTE / PIZZERIA da MARINO
 
Around The Block From The HOTEL EXCELSOR
 
NAPOLI ITALY
 
 
 
 
 
 
GRANDMA BELLINO'S COOKBOOK
 
Recipes From My Sicilian Nonna
 
Giuseppina Salemi Bellino
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WATHC THIS BEAUTUFUL VIDEO
 
On The AMALFI COAST ITALY
 
by Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
PIZZA PASTA LEMONS and PANINI
 
On The AMALFI COAST
 
ITALY
 
 
MINORI POSITANO AMALFI CAPRI
 
NAPOLI and SORRENTO
 
Summer of 2015
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
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The WORLDS BEST BREAKFAST
 
at Agriturismo Villa Maria
 
MINORI , ITALY
 
On The AMALFI COAST
 
 
 
My LUNCH at VILLA MARIA
 
PACCHERI di MARE
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The RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK
 
Secret Recipe Bolognese
 
by DANNY BOLOGNESE
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#TheRestaurantGuy #RestaurantGuy #DannyBolognese
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Johns Bleecker Street Pizza

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JOHN'S PIZZERIA

BLEECKER STREET

GREENWICH VILLAGE , NEW YORK


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DANNY DeVITO Picks Up a PIZZA

at JOHN'S






ITALIAN-AMERICAN COUSINS

Daniel and Anthony Bellino

EATING at JOHN'S PIZZERIA

GREENWICH VILLAGE







John's of Bleecker Street was founded in 1929 by Italian immigrant John Sasso. John's was Originally established on Sullivan Street, in the Heart of Greenwich Village. After losing his lease on Sullivan Street, John Sasso dismantled his original coal fired brick oven and moved it to 278 Bleecker Street where he continued to run and grow his business and refine his pizza recipe to perfection. Sasso ran his business until 1954 when he sold the pizzeria to the Vesce Brothers. Augustine (Chubby) Vesce bought the business from his brothers and he continued to own and operate John's pizzeria until he passed away in 1984, passing his legacy on. . . John's is still family owned and operated and we are honored to have the opportunity to continue serving our world famous Pizza. The "Hallmarks" of John's of Bleecker St. are the coal fired brick ovens that churn out hundreds of crispy pizza's daily. It's a different world than it was in 1929, but we are still making the same traditional coal fired pizza in the oven that started it all back on Sullivan Street.  Enjoy the old-school ambiance, original wooden booths sentimentally etched by our loyal customers, the black and white art deco floors worn by time, turn of the century tin ceilings and faded murals tell tale of a bygone era. Sit back, relax, enjoy the smell of simmering tomatoes and hot pizza, feel the warmth and camaraderie, hear the laughter and conversation of happy diners and you feel like you are home again, somewhere familliar, comfortable, affordable, family centered and "ORIGINAL". The world has changed, but we haven't. We are still The "Original" John's Pizzeria on Bleecker St. . .  



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SUNDAY SAUCE

When Italian-Americans Cook




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 Watch Greenwich Village Italian-American Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino "Z" 

in NAPOLI The AMALFI COAST POSITANO MINORI and CAPRI ... . .




PIZZA PASTA PNINI and ARANCINI

on The MALFI COAST

ITALY

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INSALATA FRUTTA di MARE

da MARINO

NAOLI ITALY

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Avelino Pizza Napoletana North Fork New York

 

 Are a WINNING COMBINATION

at MACARI VINEYARDS

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The State of The Art Pizza Truck
 
AVELINO PIZZA
 
by Edward Macari
 
At MACARI VINEYARDS
 
Mattituck, New York

PIZZA & MACARI WINE

GREAT MUSIC TOO 

 "NO HIP HOP"

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EDDIE MACARI
 
MAKING a PIZZA MARGHERITA
 
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   Yes Great Music , Pizza , and North Fork Wine are a Winning Combination at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, New York .. Young Edward Macari is taking charge at his new establishment AVELINO PIZZA at Macari Vineyards on The North Fork of Long Island. 
Eddie Macari is manning the Wood Burning Pizza Oven of his Custom Made Pizza Truck. Well it's really a trailer, but we'll call it a truck. It rolls off the tongue a bit easier than trailer, as does Eddies Classic Neapolitan Pizza that has been getting some rave reviews ever since it opened just a few short weeks ago. Edward Macari, better known as Eddie may be young but he's been honing his skills for quite some time, starting as a young boy at his family's vineyard on The North Fork of Long Island ..  Edward honed both wine and food related proficiency, not to mention life-skills at Macari Vineyards. Along with working at Macari Vineyards from an early age, as well as at some of New York's hottest restaurants, Edward is a graduate of The Italian Culinary Experience at the International Culinary Center and The Institute of Culinary Education in New York.
Yes we had quite a nice time on our recent visit to Macari Vineyards and Avelino Pizza. We arrived at the winery and made our way to the Macari Tasting Room where we tried some fine North Fork Wine. Our guided tour through a flight of Macari's most popular wines of Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Cabernet Franc, and a wine called Dos Aguas was most enjoyable, and informative to boot. They told us we could buy some wine by the bottle and go outside and enjoy. Our tasting guide told us that they had recently opened a Pizzeria on the premises and that they made some great Pizza that would go well with our wine. It sounded like a plan to me, so we bought a couple bottles of wine (Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc) and made our way to the Pizza Truck. We looked over the menu and decided on a classic Pizza Margherita and the Special Pizza of the day, Butternut Squash with Wild Mushrooms and Mozzarella. It took just a few minutes for the Pizza Guys (Eddie & Mike) to make our Pizzas and we were all set. So we sat back, sipped our wine, and devoured our pies. Wow, it may sound Cliche to say, but I'll say it, "It doesn't get much better than this." They were playing some great R&B and ROCK - N - ROLL music mixed in with Louis Prima and Mr. Frank Sinatra, making for a most pleasant atmosphere . We drank our wine and ate that tasty Pizza. Quite an experience, and one I highly recommend.
So if you're looking for something special one day, head out to The North Fork of Long Island to Avelino Pizza at Macari Vineyards, go inside to Macari 's tasting room, take a Wine Tasting at the bar and see which of the Macari Wines you like best. Grab yourself a bottle, get a table outside before heading to the Avelino Pizza Truck and let Eddie and Mike make you a Classic Neapolitan Pizza .. Get your pie, sit down, sip some wine, eat your Pizza and listened to the sounds of Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Louis Prima, The Rolling Stones, and whoever, and "All will be fine in your World." Enjoy the experience, Great Music, Pizza, and Macari Wine.
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by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
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PIZZA MARGHERITA
 
 
AVELINO PIZZA
SPECIAL PIZZA of THE DAY
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Butternut Squash with Wild Mushrooms and Mozzarella
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AVELINO PIZZA at MACARI VINETARDS
Left to Right :  Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke  , Pizzaiolo Edward Macari
Thomas Macari and President of Macari Vineyards Joseph Macari Jr.
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Edward Macari studied Italian Culinary Techniques in Parma, Italy. He also has experience cooking in Italy when he did a stint with acclaimed Chef Massimo Spigaroli         "The Master of Culatello di Zibello"  at Antica Corte Pallavicina Restorante in Emilia Romagna outside of of Parma. Edward Macari also attended the Accademia della Pizza Napoletana in California and has immersed himself in the World of Pizza and Italian Cuisine at home and in Italy before returning home to the North Fork at Avelino Pizza.
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Joseph M. Macari : Vineyard Manager MACARI VINEYARDS

with Sister GABRIELLA MACARI : Director of PR & Marketing MACARI VINEYARDS

with Cousin Danny

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ALEXANDRA MACARI

Managing Director MACARI VINEYARDS

Mother of Edward

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MACARI VINEYARDS

Mattituk , New York

on The NORTH FORK

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The Pizza Show Outer Boroughs New York

 
MARIO'S
 
1919
 
 
 
 
 
 
The PIZZA SHOW
 
NYC
 
The Other Boroughs
 
FRANK PINELLA
 
Special Guest MARK IACONO
 
 
 
 
Joseph Migliucchi
 
CHEF / OWNER MARIO'S
 
Arthur Avenue, Bronx NEW YORK
 
Mark Iacono and Frank Pinella Eat Pizza
 
at MARIO'S in The BRONX , New York
 
The PIZZA SHOW
 
 
 
"GREAT LOOKING PIE"
PIZZA MARGHERITA
 
MARIO'S
 
Arthur Avenue , BRONX , New York
 
 
 
 
TIETEL BROTHERS
 
ITALIAN GROCERIA
 
 
Arthur Avenue
 
BRONX , NEW YORK