At BUCA di BACCO
Positano , Italy
Yes a Wonderful Ristorante Amazing View Great Food Excellent Service … This Hotel and Restaurant is a mainstay of the hugely popular town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Everything about the place is First Class, the hotel of course , the restaurant and a friendly professional staff of waiter, BBs, host, Chef, cooks, and all who work at this establishment. I’ve eaten here numerous times since 1985, and it’s always been a great experience including my latest trip this past May with my cousin Tony. We went for lunch, this was my cousin Tony’s first time, and he loved as I always have. I think I created a Monster when my cousin Tony said let’s get a bottle of Champagne and a suggested we might get a good quality Italian Sparkling Wine. A few days before we were at Lo Smeraldino Ristorante right on the water in Amalfi. I ordered the Ferrari “Perle” Brut 2007. It was wonderful and Tony was hooked, he loved it, and wanted to get it at almost every restaurant we went to for the rest of the trip. Now back to Buco di Bacco. Tony scanned the Wine List at Buco, he found the Ferrari “Perle” and ordered another bottle (Vintage 2010). We started drinking it and as with the 5 or so bottles of this wine we had on te trip, it was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed. Now when it came to ordering, for Antipasto we got an order of Melanzane Parmigiano (Eggplant Parm) and some grilled vegetables. Now, though we both love eating Seafood when down on the Amalfi Coast, when we saw Meatballs (Polpette) on the menu, we both ordered some. I ordered a plate of Spaghetti Meatballs while Tony ordered just Meatballs minus any pasta.
The BAR at BUCO Di BACCO
The service as usual was excellent, it was a absolutely gorgeous day in Positano and we were both a couple of Happy Campers outside on the lower Terrazzo of Buca Di Bacco. We both commented on how relaxing and peaceful it felt sitting there on the deck and we both sat back and thorughly enjoyed the whole experience and good fortune to having lunch there at such a nice restaurant in the beautiful town of Positano n the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Yes, we knew we were lucky and we were most certainly greatful to be sharing such a memorable meal together, two Italian-American cosuins in Italy in Positano, The Amalfi Coast. Basta !
The WINE LIST
BUCA Di BACCO
Buca Di Bacco
GRILLED CALAMARI & SALAD
PESCE MISTI di Mare
BUCO di BACCO
POSITANO … I won’t give you the adress, as you can’t miss it. The Hotel and Ristorante BUCA di BACCO is front and center, right at the main beach in the center of town in Positano. If by some insane reason you have a problem finding it, just ask, it’s right down near the water. telephone : 39 081 837 0723
PS … If you can Affor It? The Hotel is Wonderful.
A Great View of POSITANO from a outdoor table at Da VINCENZO
That’s the terrazzo of Caffe Positano where all the people are stitting outside, which if you started going to Positano long ago, you may know that spot as the old BAR DeMARTINO, one of my favorite places ever in Positano, but sadly no longer there. Anyway, this is a spectacular spot to get an Apertivo, have lunch or dinner, and just enjoy the moment and the beauty before you, and just how “Lucky” you are to be in this Gorgeous Place, known as Positano. Enjoy!
Italian Cookbook Author (Me)
Daniel Bellino Zwicke, Enjoying Lunch
at Da VINCENZO
Been Going there Since 1985
Yes, I started going to Da Vincenzo way back in 1985. Ever Since my first trip to the lovely little Seaside Town on The Amalfi Coast, that was yet to be discover by the masses all around the World. Yes, there were people who had heard about this gorgeous place, but not nearly as many as do now. Yes, Positano for the most part was still relatively un-known back then. That’s before Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. made the movie ONLY YOU that brought the town to the attention of so many more Millions of people then had ever even heard of the place before. Anyway Cei la Vie.
Now back to Rene Ricard and myself and how I discovered and went to Da Vincenzo way back in the Summer of 1985 (Bar DeMartino also). It was just a few days before my long awaited first trip to Italy, Spain, and the South of France when as I was walking down 2nd Avenue one night I ran into my friend Alma who was with the Poet RENE RICARD. We were all chatting on the street when I mentioned my trip. When I said I was going to Rome, Venice, and Positano, Rene got quite excited and told me the best places to go to in Rome, Venice and Positano. So besides all the info Rene gave me on Rome and Venice, he told me all about Positano and where to stay and where to eat which included going to Da Vincenzo where Rene told me I’d get the Best Plate of SPAGHETTI VONGOLE that Id’ ever have in my entire life.
The AMALFI COAST
And RECIPES to POSITANO
NAPLES & The AMALFI COAST
Looking for a Room in Positano
GRILLED OCTOPUS & PEPPERS
View From a Table at La CAMBUSA
La CAMBUSA … Piazza A. Vespucci / Spiaggi Grande POSITANO … tel # 39 089 812051
Linguine Frutta di Mare , La CAMBUSA
PIAZZA A. VESPUCCI
Out of most of the places we went in Positano this was easily best. They are so friendly and the food was perfect while overlooking the beach. Our first night they were about to close and stayed open for us to get a light bite and a great bottle of wine and we told them we would be back and they didn’t not disappoint. The seafood pasta was amazing and once again the staff was accommodating. I couldn’t recommend this place more. Enjoy Positano and really get to know the people because it’s a great place.
La CAMBUSA and The Piazza Amerigo Vespucci
BEST PLACES to GET PIZZA
Chez Black may very well be the most popular restaurant in all of Positano. It’s been there Since 1949, and most travelers just love it. Besides having a full extensive menu of antipasti, past, Fish, Meat, and everything you’d expect to eat on the Amalfi Coast, they have a Pizza Oven and make some of the Best Pizza in town. The Pizza are Heart Shaped, and the ladies really like them, but you don’t have to be a lady to eat them.
It’s almost impossible to miss CHEZ BLACK. They are right down by the Center of Everything, at the main beach and just feet from the Ferry Boats Stop. Chez Black is one of the first things you’ll see as you depart from you boat ride and set foot on dry land in Positano. Enjoy!
COVO dei SARACENI
PIZZA at the BRASSERIEpoua
If you are going to Positano by boat, The Hotel Covo dei Saraceni it the very first thing you’ll see. This is Positano’s most popular hotel and a very good one at that, with great views from its rooms, restaurants and bars. And if you’re looking for PIZZA for Lunch or Dinner, The Brasserie at Covo dei Saraceni is a good option. Pizza run around 10 Euro each and are quite tasty. There’s a full bar and full menu, and a great central location from here to anywhere in the center of Positano. Enjoy!
HEART SHAPED PIZZA
At CHEZ BLACK
From BEST SELLING AUTHOR
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
“Alimentari” … Via Pastea , POSITANO
“Some of The BEST FOOD in All of POSITANO”
FRITTATA FORMAGIA ARANCINI PANINI MELANZANE SALUMI e FRUTTA
The Selection at “LATTERIA” is AMAZING
And You Can Take it out and Eat on Their Lovely Little Terrazzo
The Terrazzo at “LATTERIA ALIMENTARI”
We just lucked out and stumbled into this place for sandwiches while we waited for check in time at our hotel. We took them down to the beach and ate them on benches. Several people came up and asked where we got them! They were delicious and SO reasonably priced. Fantastic!
The GIRLS at Latteria Positano
Eat out on The Terrace or Take Out to Your Hotel Room or Apartment
or for Your BEACH LUNCH
They’ve got everything you need : Water, Wine, Sandwiches, Fruit, Rice Balls, Cheese, Salami, Eggplant Parmigiano, Frittata, Olives, Sweets, evrything.
Daily Specials at LATERIA POSITANO
Yes another deli (Salumeria). Beleive it or not, Salumerias / Rosticcerias have some of the best food in almost every city in Italy, and so is the case in Positano with Latteria Deli and here at Delikatessen. We decided to grab some food to take back some food to enjoy on our balcony. The food was of great quality and very reasonably priced. We bought some Pasta, Panini, and Eggplant, Arancini (Rice Balls) . Everyhtng was super tasty. They make greay Sandwiches (Panini) taht a great to take along with some Fruit and Arancini for an awesome Beach Lunch. If you are staying in Positano for a while and don’t want to eat out all the time then this is a great option. They have a great wine selection if you like to do as we do and keep a bottle or two back at our room , as well asfruit and bottled water which you always need.
In The KITCHEN at DELIKATESSEN
Look at This Awesome Panino
Eggplant, Salami, Mozzarella, Peppers
One of the Girls at DELICATESSEN
DEICATESSEN …. Via Mulini 5 , POSITANO
RISTORANTE / BEACH
The MENU at Da ALDOLFO
MUSSELS at Da ALDOLFO
The FREE SHUTTLE to La TAGLIATA
The View from LaTAGLIATA
La Tagliata is one of Positano’s most wonderful dining experiences. You have a wonderful lunch or dinner in a homey fun place, that serves you tasty food, with one of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever had at any restaurant, anywhere! La Tagliata is a family run restaurant with Mamma cooking up fresh pasta and creating amazing antipasto tasty grilled meats. There’s no menu, you get what they make that day, and it’s quite a bit, so come hungry.
La Tagliata was recommended first recommended to me by Lorenzo at my hotel Casa Albertina . Once you get there you a immediately greeted by the owner and his sons and other relatives are the servers which really provide a great family ambiance. The food was all prepared by “Mama” and wow you can really tell a lot of heart and love went into this food. By the end of the dinner my wife and I were beyond satisfied. A really great experience and amazing quality food! We Highly recommend it.
1st ANTIPASTO That Includes BRUSCHETTA
Then PASTA Then Their Famous STEAK
ALL The WINE YOU CAN DRINK
DESSERT & COFFEE
MEMORIES of ITALIAN FOOD
Daniel Bellino “Z”
GREAT PIZZA & LOCAL CUISINE
If you’re looking for some of the Best Pizza in town, as well as good local cuisine at reasonable prices, Lo Guarracino is going to be one of your best bets in Positano. The place is old school and not so slick and influenced by tourists and many of the high prices you find in Positano these days. If you have a more modest budget, Lo Guarracino is on of the best places in town to satisfy your hunger and dining needs. Ite pizzeria/ restaurant is located on the Fornillo Beach side of Positano and is a short walk from the path that starts next to the Covo Saraceni Hotel. The make great Pizzas, Calzone, antipasti, pasta, and seafood dishes. The location is good, and the views are quite nice too. This place is a favorite of many, as it is with us. Try it.
A Heart Shaped Pizza
And a Great View at Lo GUARRACINO
EATING FURTHER AFIELD
AMALFI NAPOLI SORRENTO CETERA
SCANDAL in SORRENTO
Looking for a Hotel
Amalfi – Positano – Sorrento
An Absolute MUST DO in AMALFI
Two of the most popular things to do when in the town of Amalfi, are visiting its beautiful Cathedral. After you do this, the other popular thing to do in Amalfi is to go to the historical old Pasticceria Andrea Pansa in the main piazza right next to the church. An absolute must, you must have the amazing local pastry, a Sfogliatelle which is a crunchy lemon cream flavored pastry that was invented by nuns at a convent in the next town, Conca dei Marini. This pastry is the most famous one in the entire region, especially in Naples. There are a couple thousand placesin Naples, Sorrento, and all over the coast to get one, but Pansa is our favorite of all. You can get one to go, or eat it at a table either inside or outside this beautiful cafe. You might want to get an espresso or Cappuccino to go along with your scrumptious Sfogliatelle, so sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the great taste treats of your life, you’re at Andrea Pansa, one of the best pastry shops in all of Italy. Take advantage of it.
One of The BEST RESTAURANTS
On The Whole AMALFI COAST
RISTORNATE / WINE BAR
AWESOME PIZZA !!!
Da MARINO RISTORANTE / PIZZERIA
My FAVORITE RESTAURANT in NAPOLI
Some of The BEST PIZZA in TOWN
ANTIPASTO & PASTA TOO !
Vittorio De Sica
SCANDAL in SORRENTO
STEVE’S SIZZLING STEAKS
Carlstadtdt , New Jersey
“My Dad started bringingme to STEVE’S way back in 1962”
Yes my Dad who was good friends with the owner Steve Venturini started taking me here as a young boy. He’d get me a Cheeseburger and a Mug of Rootbeer and I’d just eat it up, sitting at the bar, I was in 7th Heaven. Dad always gave me Quarters to drop in the Jukebox to play some great 60s Tunes, like locals, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Sinatra, and The Shirelles, who were all artistes from Jersey. I’d also have quarters to play te shuffle board Bowling gane that used to be in the corner. When I got older I’d go there with my buddys to get a nice Sizzling Steak, which are the best in Jersey. Love this place.
Steve was a larger-than-life figure. Many came in as much for the food and drink as to see Steve who survived not one, but two airplane crashes. On February 5, 1952, Steve was on a National Airlines flight that had just taken off from Newark Airport headed for Miami where he was going to spend the week fishing. The plane crashed in Elizabeth killing 30. Although injured, Steve survived. He carried his friend, Charles Griffin, to safety and returned into the tangled remains of the airliner to help others. It took an explosion and severe head injury to stop him. Ironically, a few years later, Steve was in a prop plane headed to Cuba where he was to go fishing with Ernest Hemingway, and that plane went down. He survived yet again.
Where I had many Cheeseburgers and Root Beer with Dad
Took My Brother Jimmy for a Birthday Steak Dinner
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMBO”
STEVE’S SIZZLING STEAK
STEAK and POTATOES
To COOK The Perfecct STEAK
RECIPE The BADASS COOKBOOK
The BELMONT TAVERN
Home of CHICKEN SAVOY
Nearly every luminary with a photo on the Belmont Tavern’s walls—”98 percent,” resident raconteur Jimmy Cuomo will tell you—has actually eaten at the Belmont Tavern.
Step in off Belleville, New Jersey’s busy Bloomfield Avenue, do a spin, and you’ll meet them all, loosely grouped on the wood-paneled walls in plain black frames. Legendary songstress Connie Francis, a local girl. Jocks, like former Giants running back Tiki Barber and Knicks legend Ernie Grunfeld. Hollywood wise guys like Joe Piscopo and Frank Vincent. Clint Eastwood, who directed the film adaptation of the Jersey Boys jukebox musical set in the neighborhood, is a fan; he was in for a meal in 2013, popping hot peppers like they were jelly beans. Frankie Valli, the OG Jersey Boy, is one, too.
There are two begrudging exceptions to Cuomo’s 98 percent: Joe Torre, since the skipper’s son eats there, and Pope John Paul II. Cuomo has actually lobbied to revoke His Holiness’ dinner dispensation (“The Pope can come down!”), but his waitresses won’t let him.
The Belmont, which has been in Cuomo’s family for decades, has long had a knack for luring in a certain class of notable, especially those with Jersey roots. Spend enough time at the bar, nursing a longneck and staring at the Deer Hunter American flag obscuring the marbled mirror backsplash, and you’ll hear Cuomo, holding court in his Belmont polo, slip into stories, yarns thick with surnames like Pesci, Roselli, and Gandolfini.
Stretch with The “YANKEE CLIPPER”
JOLTIN JOE DiMAGGIO
But celebrity customers are just one part of the Belmont’s repute. A far greater part is evidenced by a sign visible from the sidewalk: Stretch’s Chicken Savoy. There are plenty of dishes available on the Italian-American menu, but this is the one people come for, from near and far. It’s a simple dish: Cut-up chicken rubbed down with a fat handful of garlic, hard cheese, and herbs, then roasted in a screaming-hot oven and splashed with vinegar, which sends aromas of schmaltz and spice right up to your nose.
It’s now a dish found all over—but only in—northern New Jersey, and as with most hyper-regional foods, its devotees are as idiosyncratic as its birthplace.
The Belmont Tavern is actually two distinct businesses, working together on the strength of what locals whimsically refer to as a “Belleville contract”—a handshake. Cuomo’s family took over the tavern portion of the operation, separate from the dining room, in 1965. Two years later, his father and uncle brought in Charles “Stretch” Verdicchio, a butcher-turned-chef with a nice touch on the line, a head of hair like Dean Martin and a knack for making friends.
Two of the largest photos on display at the Belmont feature Stretch. In one, he’s proudly hoisting up a lobster with claws the size of Pomeranians. The other is him mugging for the camera, a bit of balled-up linen clasped in his hands, next to none other than Joe DiMaggio. (“Stretch—never did find out what was under the napkin,” reads a scribble from the Yankee Clipper.)
Despite his seemingly high profile, nailing down solid information on Stretch is about as easy as nailing down solid information on D.B. Cooper. Even people who knew him, like Cuomo, or his son-in-law Norb Wroblewski, speak about Stretch in vague terms. He learned the trade from his dad and cooked out around the Hoover Dam as part of a New Deal job placement—they think. Back when the Belmont was big on live music, he’d pop out of the kitchen and sing a tune or two with the performers, they say. Neither seems exactly sure of where his nickname came from. (Best we could muster: He was lanky.)
And yet Stretch, who passed away in 1989, is still a big part of the Belmont’s personality, with enough name recognition to tout his best-known dish in the window out front. Over the years, it’s helped the restaurant back away from its unflattering reputation as a gruff goodfellas hangout and refocus its marketing. “Our perception now is not that it’s a wise guy joint,” says Wroblewski, not the only Belmont associate to swiftly shift subjects when Sopranos-style chatter arises. “It’s that it’s a good place to eat.”
Like at many places up here, the staff still seems to maintain a bit of a wink-and-nod relationship with the mob mentality.
“It’s not an unusual dish,” says Wroblewski, a former accountant and Army Reserve pilot married to Annette. “It’s not difficult to make. We just don’t tell anyone how we do it.”
1 Chicken (about 3 lbs.) cut in 8 pieces
Kosher salt and pepepr
4 cloves garlic – minced
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/3 cup grated romano cheese
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper chicken pieces and saute in 1 tbsp oil in a large oven proof skillet till skin is golden brown. Using a mortar and pestle or a small food processor make a paste of the next 5 ingredients and spread evenly over the skin of the chicken. Transfer skillet to a 500 degree oven and bake 20-30- minutes until done. Remove from oven – pour off the fat and add 1 cup of red wine vinegar to the pan. Spoon sauce over the chicken. Serve chicken with the vinegar sauce.
Hangin at The BELMONT TAVERN
BELLVILLE New Jersey
In recent years, Wroblewski, along with his Ecuadorian-born chef Leo Lukar, has overseen the kitchen at the Belmont—”a little Polish kid that’s cooking Italian,” as he puts it. This has involved plenty of Chicken Savoy preparation. And he’s right that it’s simple, at least from an observer’s standpoint. Pieces of bone-in dark meat chicken relax in rectangular pans, dusted in an unassuming blend of cheese, herbs, and spices. The bird slides into a hot oven, where the skin roasts to a swoon-inducing crisp. It bakes a little longer than you’d think.
At some point after the pans are pulled, they get doused down with a generous squeeze of red wine vinegar, which sizzles and caramelizes and clings to the meat like a second skin. Fans will tell you this is the key ingredient. “It’s the vinegar that just romances you,” says Ron Silver, a Chicken Savoy enthusiast who visits the Belmont (and its many competitors) specifically for the dish.
If there are other steps to the recipe, the Belmont isn’t tipping its hand. The bewitching result: a juicy, garlicky, giddy, tangy paesano adobo that doesn’t need any condiments or accompaniments to outshine everything else splayed out across the red-and-white checkered tablecloths. It’s easily the most-ordered plate at the Belmont, so much so that Wroblewski begins baking orders well before dinner customers even begin showing up. He knows it’s going to go, and it always does.
Savoy, which has been on the menu since Stretch’s first days at the Belmont, has cultivated some serious local notoriety over the decades—partly because it’s good, partly because it’s popular, and partly because it seems simple enough for anyone to snag and stick on their menu. True success isn’t that easy, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying.
GREAT ITALIAN RECIPES