John Travolta Day Brooklyn New York

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JOHN TRAVOLTA
as TONY MANERO
In SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
1977
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JOHN TRAVOLTA Returns to BROOKLYN
86th STREET , BENSONHURST
On JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY
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JOHN TRAVOLTA Eats a Double Decker
One SLICE of PIZZA on TOP of ANOTHERAt LENNY’S PIZZA
BROOKLYN
NEW YORK
on JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY
Tuesday June 12, 2018
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SUNDAY SAUCE
 , John Travolta
From Another ITALIAN-AMRICAN
JERSEY BOY
Author Daniel Bellino “Z”
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I had a most wonderful day today in Brooklyn at the JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY Celebration on 86th Street in Bensonhurst at LENNY’S PIZZA where John Travolta ate a Double Decker while walking down 86th Street in the opening scene of the 1977 Blockbuster Movie SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Starring Italian-American Actor from New Jersey John Travolta. John strutted his stuff to the BEE GEES  other was a Monster Billboard Hit along with othersongs like : MORE THAN a WOMAN, IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU (Evan Ellerman), and the rest of the Saturday Night Live Soundtrack.
Anyway JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY was the Brainchild of Mr. Travolta’s fellow actor Willy Mateo of Brooklyn who co-stars with John in the upcoming motion picture GOTTI about famed MAFIA BOSS The Late JOHN GOTTI. The event was Hosted by CBS FM Radio Station with Disc Jockey Brooklyn’s own JOE CAUSI as Mater of Cermony.
So I hopped on the D Train at West 4th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village and I was on my way. When I first heard about JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY I knew I wanted to go. The night before, I was sort of on the fence whether to truck it all the way out to Bensonhurst or not. Now in retrospeccy, boy am I glad I made the decision to go. As Willy Mateo, Joe Causi and others said, “they were making history.,” and they were. John has never done this before and he may or may or not do it again, who knows when the 50th Anniversary of this Iconic Movie SAYURDAY NIGHT FEVER comes rollong around in 9 years?
So I trucked it out to Bensonhurst and got off at the 20th Avenue Station in Besnonhurst Brooklyn. As I walked out of the train station I could already hear the music playing right there on 86th Street. I waldedup to the crowd, and boy was it crowded. After there a few minutes I started having seccond thoughts about the whole thing. i don’t really like crowds and with all these people, what would I see? Well I stuck it out. I waited well over an hour in this Brooklyn crowd. I had brought two copys of my book SUNDAY SAUCE that wanted to give to both JOE CAUSI and JOHN TRAVOLTA. I signed one copy to Joe and one to Mr. Travolta in the hopes of giving a copy each to John and Joe.
So I waited patiently hoping that it would all be worh it in the end. Well, guess what? It was. I had an absolutely wonderful time. John finely made it up to the stage and I along with the large crowd got quite excited. we were all thrilled to see this Iconic Actor who all touched our lives so many years ago. many of us were quite young way back in 1977 and life can be tough, things change and life just happens. Millions of us got great Joy from watching John Travolta as Vinny Barbarino in WELCOME BACK KOTTER about the so-called SWEAT HOGS, misfits in a Brooklyn High School. But what we reallly loved most was John Travolta’s wonderful performance Tony Manero in the much loved film SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.
Yes the crowd went wild when John took the stage and started speaking, saying how Brooklyn was in his DNA and how Happy he was to come back. John was quite gracious in his speaking to his adoring fans and afterwards as he signed hundreds of autographs, ate some Lenny’s Pizza and Boogied to STAYING ALIVE, we all just loved it, and in these crazy times we live in it’s moments like this when we can share time together re-living old fond memories like seeing SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at the local movie theater, seeing John Dance and act a great part. We all just loved itand a moment that made history on JOHN TAVOLTA DAY in BROOKLYN NEW YORK. Than You John, we loved the day, we love you and the music and memories of a long time ago.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
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JOHN TRAVOLTA Graciously Signing Autographs
in Front of LENNY’S PIZZA
BENSONHURST 
On JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY
BROOKLYN , NEW YORK
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JOHN TRAVOLTA Boogyingdown
In BROOKLYN
NEW YORK
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JOHN TRAVOLTA
as TONY MANERO
In SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
PIZZA
at LENNY’S PIZZERIA
BENSONHURST
BROOKLYN
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The RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK
SECRET RECIPE BOLOGNESE
by DANNY BOLOGNESE
 
 
 
 
 
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JOHN TRAVOLTA with Wife Kelly Preston , Acotr Willy Mateo


John Gotti Jr., and Radio DJ BrOOKLYN’S Own JOE CAUSI


On 86th Street Bensonhurst BROOKLYN on JOHN TRAVOLTA DAY

















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HISTORY of NEW YORK PIZZA

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NEW YORK PIZZA

The most common and now quintessential form of NY pizza has thus become the type that is cooked in gas ovens rather than the Neapolitan-American type cooked with coal. NY style pizza is sold either as whole pies or by the “slice” — a triangular wedge cut from a whole pizza. Typically, an 18″ NY pizza yields eight slices. With the exception of Patsy’s, none of the original coal oven pizzerias sell pizza by the slice. The availability of slices of pizza fundamentally changed the nature of pizza in NYC, liberating it from the restaurant and substantially lowering the financial barrier of entry. NY style is virtually defined by the low cost of entry, the immediacy of service, and the portability of the product.

The NY style pizzas tend to have far more cheese than Neapolitan-American coal oven pies. The cheese typically covers the entire pie, with sauce only poking out along the circumference. A low moisture mozzarella is used rather than fresh mozzarella, which is not well suited to the lower temperature and longer cooking times of the gas ovens. Gas fired pizza lacks the sooty exterior that is a hallmark of coal fired ovens, but it still has plenty of crunch and snap to go along with the pliancy and springiness of the dough.

The Original JOE’S PIZZERIA
 
 
Corner of CARMINE & BLEECKER STREET
 
Has Moved a few Doors Up to 71 CARMINE STREET
 
in GREENWICH VILLAGE
 
 
The QUINTESSENTIAL NEW YORK SLICE
 
at JOES
 
 
 
MANY CONSIDER JOE’S The BEST SLICE in NEW YORK
 
 
For GAS FIRED PIZZA
 
 
“I Beg to DIFFER” 
 
“PLEASE !!!” 
   
For ME
It’s The Pizza Master Mr. Dominic DeMarco
of DiFARA PIZZA
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
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The MASTER HIMSELF
Mr. DOMINIC DeMARCO
DiFARA PIZZA
 
 
The MAESTRO at Work
Another Perfectly Crafted PIZZA PIE
by Mr. Dom DeMARCO
DiFRA PIZZA
photo Copyright DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE
BROOKLYN , NEW YORK
 
 
 
 
The Classic SICILIAN SQUARE
 
 
In addition to the classic round pizza, most every pizzeria also sells Sicilian style pies and slices. Characterized by a rectangular shape due to being pan cooked, with a crust that is generally over an inch thick, this style of pizza originated in the bakeries, not the pizzerias, of Sicily, where it is sold as Sfinciuni. In Sicily, Sfinciuni is topped with a tomato sauce spiked with anchovies and onions under a canopy of breadcrumbs rather than the tomato sauce and cheese we see in NYC. That latter recipe is the result of the American melting pot effect of throwing Neapolitans and Sicilians together into lower Manhattan. You can find a version of Sfinciuni sold at Prince Street Pizza as the Broadway Breadcrumb and also at Famous Ben’s as the Palermo slice. Some of NYC’s most storied pizzerias specialize in square slices like L & B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn and Rizzo’s in Astoria, Queens.
 
 
 
L&B SPUMONI GARDENS
 
the UNDISPUTED CHAMP of THE SICILIAN SQUARE
 
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
 
 
 
And DON”T Forget to Get the Namesake Dessert
 
SPUMONI
 
 
 
  
The BIGGEST QUESTION of ALL
WHO MAKES NEW YORK’S BEST PIZZA ???
LOMBARDI’S
AMERICA’S First PIZZA
 
 
LOMBARDI’S is the ROOT of ALL GREAT PIZZA In AMERICA
 
 
GENARO LOMARDI With PIZZAIOLO ANTHONY PERO (Totonno’s)
 
Lombardi’s thrived in Little Italy, feeding legions of factory workers and immigrants longing for a taste of home. It was so popular that Lombardi soon dispensed with the groceries entirely and started selling pizza exclusively. Numerous employees struck out on their own, fanning out across the city and spreading the distinctive style of pizza.
 
 
TOTONNO PIZZERIA NAPOLITANO
Neptune Avenue
BROOKLYN , NEW YORK
Since 1927
According to the owners of Totonno’s Pizza, sisters Cookie Cimineri and Antoinette Balzano will not tolerate anyone telling them someone besides their grandfather Anthony “Totonno” Pero brought pizza to America. They don’t want any money, so much so that if you disagree, they’ll probably kick you out before you can order.
 
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY of NEW YORK PIZZA
 
 
In 1924, Lombardi’s employee Anthony “Totonno” Pero opened Totonno’s in Coney Island. Five years later, John Sasso, also an employee of Lombardi’s, opened John’s Pizza on Bleecker Street. 1933 saw Pasquale “Patsy” Lanceri, reputed to have been a Lombardi’s employee, open Patsy’s in Harlem. Lombardi’s, John’s, Totonno’s, and Patsy’s are all still around today and represent cornerstones of the original NY style of pizza. (Lombardi’s closed in 1984 and reopened a decade later in a different space on the same block.)
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1905: Gennaro Lombardi’s opens America’s “First Ever Pizzeria” at  53 1/2 Spring St. in Lower Manhattam, New York, NY .. Some famed Pizzaioli  (Pizza Makers) work there over the years;Anthony Pero founder of Totonno’s Coney Island, John Sasso of John’s Pizza Bleecker Street, and Pasquale Lancieri aka “Patsy” who opens “Patsy’s Pizzeria in Eats Harlem. A Pizza cost a Nickel at Lombardi’s in 1905 ..
1924: Anthony “Totonno” Pero opens Totonno’s in Coney Island. Establishes unusual ritual that some Pizzerias carry on to this day. When the dough runs out, the Pizzeria close for the day.
1929: John Sasso opens John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street.
1933: Pasquale “Patsy” Lancieri opens Patsy’s in East Harlem.
1956: Average cost of a slice of New York pizza: 15 cents. Price keeps pace with cost of subway fare, seen as a kind of an economic indicator.
1959: Ralph Cuomo opens Ray’s Pizza on Prince Street.
1964: Di Fara Pizza opens in Midwood, Brooklyn.
1977: Saturday Night Fever: John Travolta double-slices it at Lenny’s in Bay Ridge.
1990: Three Ray’s owners, none of them named Ray, band together, form a coalition to trademark the name, and eliminate impostors, or make them pay a fee.
1994: Seventy-nine people are arrested for operating an international drug ring out of a midtown Famous Original Ray’s.

2004: Anthony Mangieri opens Una Pizza Napoletana. Some cal him “The Pizza Nazi” 

 2004: Zagat awards Di Fara 28 rating for food along with Le Bernardin and Jean Georges; Di Fara also receives lowest rating ever for décor: 5.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 
 
Just had to Show you a picture of one of the Best PIZZAS I’ve ever had.
SALAME PIZZA
PIZZA at da MARTINO RESTORANTE / PIZZERIA
NAPOLI , ITALY
“FRIGGIN AWESOME” !!!
Right around the corner from The HOTEL EXCELSIOR
NAPLES ITALY
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SUNDAY SAUCE
No PIZZA HERE !
JUST LOTS of OTHER GREAT RECIPES
by Daniel Bellino “Z”
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The RAGU BOLOGNESE COOKBOOK
 
SECRET RECIPE
 
by DANNY BOLOGNESE
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