Woman with an ARtICHOKE
Woman with an ARtICHOKE
Greenwich Village , New York
“Gael Greene goes to the wrong Carbone”
READ ABOU IT !
FIerenze , Italy
MAMMA is The STAR of PANDOMONIO
with a BISTECA
STAR # 2
I first went to Trattorea Pandomonio way back in the Spring of 1996. It was before I opened my restaurant Bar Cichetti which was to be the 1st ever Venetian Wine Bar (Bacaro) in the United States. This was an exploritory trip to do more research on the Bacari (Wine Bars) of Venice, as well as check out a few wine properties and explore other Italian Food since I would be in Liguria and Tuscany as well.
My partner Tom T. was going to Florence on a business trip and I would meet up with him in Florence. I got a cheap flight on TWA to Milan so I flew there. After landing in Milan, I made my way to Vernazza on the Ciinqueterre on the Ligurian Coast of Italy where I stayed for tow days before moving on to Florence before meeting up with Tom and Moran. Since after being to Italy six time already and not seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa I decided to stop off in Pisa on my way to Florence to see the famed leaning tower, so I got up early and caught a train to Pisa. I rode a bus from the train station to the Piazza Miracoli to see the tower as well as the Duomo and Bapistry. These three structure on a lush green lawn made for quite a wonderful sight. I’m glad I went, but now it was on to Firenze.
I arrived at the Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence and made my way to my hotel a few blocks away. Later that night I made my way to The Grande Hotel in Florence to meet up with Tom and Murat. Wow, this hoel was amazing, one of the grandest lushest hotels I’d ever seen in my life, and I’ve been in a number of the best. I still think the Grade Hotel in Firenze, Italy was the tops. I met tom and Murat in the lobby and we had a couple Campari’s and some chit-chat. Tom told me the hotel consierge recommended a great little restaurant for us to have dinner at that night, and so after enjoying our apertivo in the plush surroundings, we hopped in a cab and made our way to Pandomonio and one of the greatest most wonderful dinners of my life.
We entered the restaurant (trattoria) and was immediately greeted by Momma who sat us at a nice table and gave us menus and a wine list. We were in Florence so it was either Chianti or Brunello. We opted for a bottle of Fattoria di Bari Brunello di Montalcino. Mamma rolled a cart over to our table with some wine glases and our bottle of Brunello. She opened it, poured us each a little of wine, then said, “a little for Mamma,” and proceeded to pour herself some of our Brunello, who were we to disagree with Mamma. We laughed, she laughed, Mamma toasted us “Chin Chin” and she took a gulp of Brunello. Don’t you just love it?
We ordered a plate of Salumi and some Crostini Toscana for our antipasti. We had a little protion of Paradelle con Sugo di Corniglio, and we split a nice big juicy Beisteca Firoentina, what else?
We had a most wonderful dinner. The food was awesome, we had a great bottle of Brunello, each others company, we were in Pandomonio and we had Mamma. She was awesome and more than antyhing, the great bottle of Brunello, tasty food cooked my Mamma’s son, and everthing else, it was Mamma who made the night.
We finished eating and Mamma wheeled over a cart with about 10 different Grappas on it, and precedded to pour us each a glass and one for herself. We all toasted each other and laughed once again.
The trattoria cleared out and there was only our table and a table where a famous Italian Artist was at. Mamma hadd the boys push all the tabels together and we all drank wine, chit-chatted and had a most wonderful time.
That was my first night at Pandomonio. t wasn’t the last.
STAR # 3
PROSCIUTTO e SALAMI
with Some Veggies to Balance it Out
An Assortment of Grappa
MEMORIES of ITALIAN FOOD
Via del Leone 50 , Florence ITALY
Read an article about my New Forthcoming Book POSITANO . “Positano Bites Deep” wrote John Steinbeck, but my book goes much further than John. I actually bought that book on my first rip to the enchanting town of Positano and The Amalfi Coast, way back in 1985, years before the throngs who go there these days, ever dream of the place.
The DEVINE DALI
and His MUSTACHE
1904 – 1989
NUNS Walking in Rome
“I took this picture while having Lunch at this Trattoria in Trastevere”
Read about my dinner at OSTERIA OLLORO
Read Brunello Barolo Bowie and Bellino
SICILIAN RICE BALLS
GRANDMA BELLINO’S COOKBOOK
“RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN NONNA”
Daniel Bellino “Z”
I’ve got to say, Salumeria Capri Rosticceria has some of the best food in all of Capri .. I’ve eaten at a number of restaurants on Capri and the food they make at this little Salumeria is as good as any, and better than many, “I Kid You Not,” it’s that good. I got food from here every day (5 days) I was on Capri on this last trip, and loved everything I got here. The first day I picked up an Arancini (just to hold me over to dinner) and a bottle of water. The Arancini was awesome, so the next day when I was planning on going swimming at the Faraglioni I stopped off here to get another great Arancino. When I got there, I saw some tasty looking Melanzane Parmigiano (Eggplant Parm) and asked Mamma about it. She said she made it, so I asked for a portion along with my Rice Ball. I also picked up a bottle of water and a 1/2 bottle of Aglianco al Benevento (some local wine) to complete my boxed lunch for the beach. I paid then made my way on the 25 minute walk down to the Fragalioni that passed gorgeous homes and hotels on the Via Tagara before heading down the pathway to Da Luigi and the beach at The Fraglioni (with spectacular views along the way). I had a great time at the beach; swimming and enjoying my tasty boxed lunch from Salumeria Capri .. By my this day there I was treated like family. This was a great find that I recommend highly. Don’t miss it!
This was my Tasty LUCNH from SALUMERIA CAPRI
that I ate at the BEACH at FARAGLIONI …
MAMMA’S EGGPLANT PARMIGIANO, ARANCINI (Rice Ball),
Italian Mineral Water, and a nice 1/2 bottle of AGLIANICO di BENEVENTTO,
a local wine from East of NAPOLI .. (cost about $12)
I have to say that this was without question one of the Best Most Enjoyable Lunches
I’ve ever had in my entire life .. What could be better but to be on the
Isle of Capri, at one of the most beautiful beach spots in the entire World at the
famed Faraglioni Rocks of Capri ..
at Da LUIGI BEACH CLUB
At The FRAGLIONI ROCKS
Clark Gable and Sophia Loren
“IT STARTED in NAPLES”
Filmed on CAPRI