Creator of The 2 Shirt Look and The NEGRONI COCKTAIL


Learn about the Negroni. Read about it, and learn how to make one. The story and recipe pf this now hugely popular Italian Cocktail was written about in bestselling cookbook author Daniel Bellino Zwicke long before most Americans (even Tony, not until 2005) could have dreamt of the cocktail in their WIldest Dreams, Bellino started drinking Negroni’s on his first trip to Italy in June of the year 1985, a good 30 years before the APerol Spritz and Negroni Craze hit the shores of America, Daniel was drinking this now famous cocktail at the Caffe Giacosa in Florence Italy while visiting a girl he went to high-school with, and it’s been a Love Affair ever since. With the Negroni, not that particular friend of Daniel’s. And exactly 10 years later while making an exploratory trip on the Wine Bars (Bacari) of Venice, Daniel discovered the now uber popular Aperol Spritz while having a nightcap one night before retiring to his hotel in Venice, he stopped into a little bar, he saw some people drinking something and he asked the bartender what it was. The bartender said, “an Aperol Spritz,” Daniel said he’d take one, the bartender made it, and so in January of 1995 he discovered the Italian Cocktail a good 20 years before it caught on like Wildfire in America to become one of the most popular drinks of the day (from 2017 on). Yes Daniel has long been quite the Trendsetter, being one of the first along with some high-school friends to wear Bowling Shoes off of the Bowling Alley and on the street, Daniel and his friends were doing this way back in 1975. It is said that Daniel created the Two-Shirt-Look, whereby Daniel started wearing one short over the other at the same time starting back in 1997. Daniel says, “If only I could have Patented the Look, I would have made a Fortune. It’s a Damn Shame.”
LEARN HOW to MAKE a NEGRONI by The CREATOR of BAR CICHETTI and “The TWO SHIRT LOOK” ???? Daniel Bellino Zwicke



    The Negroni? A question? A question to some? Most of America probably. Many so-called sophisticates have been drinking this “The Negroni” quite a bit in the past 4 years or so. The truly sophisticated, worldly folks have known about them far longer. Me? I’ve been drinking this great Italian-Cocktail for some 28 years now. Yes, I’ve been drinking Negroni’s ever since my first at a Bar in la Bella Roma back in the Summer of 1985. Rome, “The Eternal City” is where I had my first, on that marvelous first trip to Bella Italia. I was quite a young man, and that trip was completely magical, discovering real Italian “Italian Food” for the very first time, I had my first true Bolognese, Spaghetti Carbonara, Coda di Vacinara, Bucatini Amatriciana, Gelato, and a true Italian Espresso, “Oh Bliss!” Yes it was. I saw The Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Moses at San Pietro en Vincole (Saint Peter in Chains), I saw the Coliseum, The Roman Forum, The Duomo in Florence, Venice and The Grand Canal, Positano, Capri, Napoli, and so much more. Yes the trip was magical. It was magical hanging out at a Bar in the Piazza Popolo drinking my first Campari, and that first of a thousand Negroni’s, or more. Many American’s are just discovering its charms, “me and the Negroni,” we go way back; in Rome, Venice,  , Positano, Capri, Verona, Bologna, I’ve had Negroni’s all over. And many in New York in restaurants and bars all over Manhattan, and Staten Island where I drink some of the best Negroni’s I’ve ever had, certainly in New York, at my buddy Pat Parotta’s house in Staten Island.

Pat pours an awesome Negroni, better than any bartender in the city. He makes them with love and when I go to one of his wonderful little dinner parties, that’s the first thing I have. It’s tradition for us now. Leaving my house in Greenwich Village,
I hop on the 1 Train and take it down to the Battery to the Staten Island Ferry
Terminal. I hop on the ferry, ride across New York Harbor, passing the gorgeous
Lady Liberty (The Statue of Liberty) along the way.  I get off the ferry.

Pat picks me up at the terminal on the Staten Island side. We go to house, and I’m not through the door two minutes and he’s mixing up a nice one. A Negroni that is!
Well 2 that is, one for me, and a Negroni for himself. We drink great Italian Wine at those dinner parties, and some of Pat’s tasty food. But we always start it off with
our ritualistic Negroni’s alla Patty “P” and you should too.


Basic Recipe:
 ounce Campari
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Gin
1. Fill a Rocks-Glass or Highball Glass with Ice.
2)  Add Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin.
3) Stir ingredients. Garnish with a piece of Orange Peel or slice of Orange.

Note: Orsen Wells after discovering the Negroni while writing a screenplay in Rome, Welles wrote in a correspondence back home that had discovered a delightful  Italian Cocktail, “The Negroni.” Welles stated, “It is made of Bitter Campari which is good for the liver, and of Gin which is bad. The two balance each other out.”


photo Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

    For me, this is the Perfect Negroni. The basic Negroni recipe calls for 3 equal
parts(1 oz.) each of Camapari, Sweet Vermouth, and Gin in a glass filled with
ice, and garnished with an Orange Peel.
    For the most perfectly balanced Negroni, I put in slightly less Campari  (3/4 oz.),  ¾ ounce of Gin, a little moreSweet Vermouth with 1 ¼ ounces, over Ice,
add  a tiny spalsh of Club Soda
and Garnish with a good  size  piece of Orange. Voila! The Perfect Negroni. Enjoy!


THE NEGRONI is Excerpted From Daniel Bellino-Zwicke ‘s  SUNDAY SAUCE


Italian Chickpea Soup Recipe -Pasta Ceci



I just heard that Chickpeas are the Hot New Food Item of 2020 … “New” ? You’re kidding? The Romans were eating Ceci (Chickpeas) over 2,000 years ago, and Chickpeas have been eaten by various cultures much longer than that. Chickpeas have been consume in the Middle East for more than 7,500 years, so it’s quite clear they didn’t just fall off the Turnip Truck the other day. 

I myself have been eating Pasta Ceci, a southern Italian dish that can be either a soup or a pasta, depending on whether you make it soupy (with more liquid) or not. Either way it’s great, they love it in Naples and all over the Amalfi Coast, in Puglia, and Sicily as well. 

PASTA CECI  – Recipe

   Chickpeas & Pasta

Pasta e Ceci is a mainstay of the Amalfi Coast and Neapolitan Cuisine. There are many different versions of this soup. Some call for a lot more tomatoes than others, while some use less tomato, as with this recipe here. Some people puree some of the chickpeas, while others don’t. Some cook the pasta in the soup, while others cook the pasta in water, then add to the soup after cooking it in the water. Most make the soup vegetarian, but if you like to you can add some Pancetta or Sausage to this soup.

This recipe was Excerpted from Bestselling Italian Cookbook author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke’s new forthcoming book, POSITANO – The AMALFI COAST COOKBOOK – Travel Guide (January 2021) from Broadway Fifth Press, New York NY …

Ingredients :

8 ounces Dry Chickpeas 

1 small onion

3 cloves Garlic, peeled and left whole

Olive Oil

1 small Onion, peeled and chopped 

2 Bay Leaves

2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary

1 large Carrot, peeled and cut into 3 pieces

8 ounces short Maccheroni Pasta – Ditalini or whatever short maccheroni you like


½ teaspoon each of Salt and Red Pepper Flakes

6 whole Plum Tomatoes, chopped

¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano

Soak the Chickpeas in water for 6 hours, or overnight. 

Drain the chickpeas and wash over cold running water.

Place the chickpeas in a large pot. Add water to cover the beans, with water 2” above the beans. Add the carrot and 1 clove of garlic to the pot.

Turn the heat on to high, until the water just starts to boil. Once it is boiling, lower the heat so the water is cooking at a low simmer.

After the chickpeas have been cooking for 1 hour, take a few out of the pot and eat them, to test if they are done cooking or if they need to cook for a little while longer. The Chickpeas should start getting soft enough to eat, yet still have a little bit of a firm bite to them.

Add  about 6 tablespoons of olive oil to a large frying pan with 2 cloves of Garlic and 2 Rosemary Sprigs. Cook on low heat for 3 minutes. 

Add the onion and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.

Remove the garlic and rosemary from the pan and discard.

Add the onions to the pan and cook on low heat for 3 minutes. Add the salt and red pepper and cook for 2 minutes more. 

Add the tomatoes and cook on high heat for 2 minutes.

Lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes, as you stir with a wooden spoon.

Once the beans are finished cooking, remove ⅓ of the chickpeas and pass through a food mill , or puree in a food-processor with a  half-cup of the bean cooking liquid. 

Put the pureed chickpeas in the pot with the tomatoes and cook on low-medium heat for 8 minutes. 

Remove the carrots from the pot and chop fine. Put back into the pot.

Add the contents of the pan with the tomatoes into the pot of whole chickpeas. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

As the chickpeas are simmering, cook your maccheroni pasta in a pot with boiling salted water. 

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.  Once pasta has cooking, drain in a colander, and reserve a cup and a half of the pasta cooking water.

Add the pasta to the pot with the chickpeas, and mix everything together. 

Try and determine the consistency of the Pasta Ceci at this point. It should be soupy , but not too watery and not too tight (dry). If it is too tight add as much as the pasta cooking water as you want, to get it to the consistency you like.

Place in bowls, drizzle a little olive oil over the top, and serve with grated Pecorino on the side.


JANUARY 29, 2021
The Above Recipe was Excerpted from


Author Page – Daniel Bellino Zwicke