America’s 1st Ever Bacaro
VENETIAN WINE BAR
Created by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
AUNT FRAN’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
at BAR CICHETTI
Uncle Tony, Aunt Fran, Aunt Wand, Uncle Jimmy
Me, Cousin Tony and Debbie Bellino, Noel
The RAGU BOLOGESE COOKBOOK
I became famous for my Meat Ragu ‘s at Bar Cichetti
My Duck Ragu, Veal Ragu, and Especially My RAGU BOLOGNESE
Which The JOURNAL of ITALIAN FOOD WINE & TRAVEL said ,
“it’s probably the Best Bolognese in the country (America).”
Chef Daniel with Cameron Diaz
at BAR CIICHETTI
Me and FRANKIE RAYDER
Frankie was one of The Hottest Models of The Day
and His Guitar Player from REM
One night Micheal Stipe came in the restaurant. he was with some friends, and they were going to see a Ted Demme Movie at the Film Forum across the street. They stopped in for a quick drink before seeing Ted’s film, then went across the street to watch the movie. After the film, Michael came back to Bar Cichetti. The diner rush had slowed down so I went out to the bar where Michael was standing, and started Chit Chatting with him. He told me he loved the Arancini (Rice Balls) and the Eggplant Caponata. At the time, I beleive Michael was a vegetarian, but I don’t think he is any longer, but I’m really not sure. The two of us were BSing at the bar, and I was teaching Michael a little bit about Italian Wine and I gave Michael a few different wines too taste and I told him about each wine that I had him tasting. I remember having him try my friend Gianni Venica’s Tocai, a Vino Nobile, and Zenato Ripassa.
We were hanging out and I was enjoying talking with Michael, he’s a very nice guy, and got to kow him a little more and take care of him when I was running the Enoteca at Del Posto Ristorante.
At one point Michael asked me if I had a piece of paper and a pen. I gave him the two items he requested, and then Michael proceeded to write a song writee there on my bar. He wrote a song, and then Michael jumped up on our buffet table with Mike Mills and Peter Buck of REM ) and they proceeded to sing the song . The people who were left in my restaurant couldn’t beleive their eyes. Here was Michael Stipe and R.E.M. performing right in front of their very eyes, live in this little Italian Restaurant in Greenwich Village New York. It was amazing.
Before this all happened, my friendd Raoul had called me, and told me that he was at Peter Luger and he ran into Cameron Diaz ( a friend of his) at the steak house. I told him Michael Stipe was at my place, and he said he was going to bop in with Cammy. A little while later my buddy Raoul came in with his girlfriend Lisa and Cameron Diaz . Cameron knows Michael and were happy to see each other. I cracked open a couple bottles of Champagne and we all had a great time that night a t Bar CIchetti, “America’s 1st Venetiean Wine Bar.”
Starring Maris Tomei
and Robert Downey Jr.
Raoul M. with Chef Daniel Bellino “Z”
and Matt Dillon