Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Bambino BABE RUTH

BABE RUTH
 
"THE SULTAN of SWAT"
 
The GREATEST SPORTS FIGURE of ALL-TIME
BABE RUTH
 
"THE BAMBINO"
 
 
 
 
The CLASSIC BABE RUTH HOME RUN SWING
 
 
 
Yeah BAMBINO !!!
 
 
 
 
 
BABE RUTH The PITCHER
 
 
 
FAREWELL THE BABE
 
 
 
 
 
 
BABE RUTH BASEBALL CARD
 
 
 
 
 
BABE RUTH ART
 
Made Out of New York City Subway Metro Cards
 
 
YANKEE STADIUM
 
"THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT"
 
Opening Day 1923
 
 
THE NEW YORK YANKEES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Has Anyone Seen The SANDWICH NAZI

ALIDORO on Sullivan Street Soho
Formerly "MELEMPO" and Home of Alessandro
The Panini Nazi
aka Sandwich Nazi
 
 
Where has The Panini Nazi Gone? This is a question, some of the age of 35 and over in New York's Southern Greenwich Village and Soho might ask. Others too, in other New York neighborhoods who made it over to a great little sandwich shop called Melampo. Melemapo is now diseased  No longer in business. The owner, one Alessandro Gualandi, also-known-as "The Panni Nazi" ran his little sandwich shop on Sullivan Street between Spring and Prince Streets in what is now known as Soho, but for me and many "like" me, this is still known as The Village. Alessandro came to New York from Florence Italy. He used to work as a waiter at the famed Florentine Restaurant in New York "Da Silvano" owned by fellow Florentine Silvano Marchetto .. Alessandro was a hard worker who established himself in New York, saved up some money, then opened his own little heaven, one Melampo Sandwich Shop in South Greenwich Village (Soho) New York ...
Alessandro was a passionate man, especially about food as any self-respecting Italian would be. He created his little shop of Hand-Crafted Italian Sandwiches (Panini) .. He made a menu, whereby all the Panini had their own names. Names like; Geppetto, Julia, and such. I can't really remember all the names. The thing is, Alessandro had rules, and you better abide by them. He was an artist after all. You ordered a Panino (Sandwich) by name, and that was it. What it said on the menu describing the sandwich and the ingredients in any particular one was what you got. If the name was Marcello (named for the late great Italian actor Marcello Mastrianni) and the menu said the sandwich was made of Prosciutto, Mortadella, and Provolone, then that's what you got. You couldn't ask Alessandro to leave something off or add something to a particular sandwich. He would not have it. He was a temperamental artist, and you're not going to ruin the balance of one of his masterful creations by altering it. If you, din't like it you could leave, "and believe Me many did." Alessandro could care less, he was an artist. Thus the moniker "Panini Nazi" there was no other. And not everyone knew his name, real or nickname.
Alessandro was a character yes, and many (including myself) loved that about him. Alessandro is still alive. He's retired. I seeing walking the streets of Soho and going for his morning coffee.
Alessandro and his little sandwich shop "Melampo" became famous. he made great sandwiches and sometimes the line would go out the door. And if you were in line, don't make any comments for Alessandro to hurry up, he took his time. He was an artist, a master sandwich maker, and you better not say anything to upset him.
Yes we miss him, Alessandro and his little sandwich shop Melampo. the shop is still there. It's now called Alidoro and run by someone else. It's much the same, they make good sandwiches, but Alessandro is gone, and so are all the "Rules" and quirkiness. We miss that ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
 
 
 
 
 
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The SOUP NAZI
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NOT THE SANDWICH PANINI NAZI ALESSANDRO
BUT MY FRIEND in HAVANA
"DON DANIELE"
 
 
 
No Known Pictures Are Known of
Alessandro The PNANI NAZI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The New CAFE DANTE






What is It ???

SMALL PLATES ECLECTIC MENU

Non-Driven Italian Wine List

Old Patrons Probably Won't Like It


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The New Dante
South Room Bar




Linden Pride

Caffe Dante's New Owner


DANTE The new owners, including Linden Pride, formerly of AvroKO, have spruced up the 100-year-old cafe with green leather banquettes, but the space retains a vintage Italian Greenwich Village look with its pressed tin ceiling. The menu is now mostly small plates: beef tartare, burrata, flatbread and cold pasta salad. Italian aperitifs dominate the cocktail list: 79-81 Macdougal Street (Bleecker Street), 212-982-5275




A Picture of Former Caffe Dante Owner
Mari Flotta on the Homepage of The New Dante

The new Dante on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village is
absolutely nothing like the former beloved Caffe Dante, a caffe
that was a fixture of Greenwich Village for exactly 100 years
before closing earlier this year, when former owner
Mario Flotta sold Caffe Dante to Linden Pride who has been
quoted as saying the new Dante will be very much like the old
one with some changes. "Not" !!! The new Dante looks very nice
although quite different from the former caffe .. The entire concept
of the new Dante pretty much has nothing to do with the old one.
The New Dante has been billed as a Small Plates / Apertivo Bar 
that has little resemblance to anything remotely Italian .. It's billed
as an Italian Apertivo Bar, yet the Wine list has barely 20% 
Italian Wines in its makeup an the food apart from a few
Italian items, seems anything but Italian.

Although the new owner (s) has stated that the New Dante
will be very much like and in the spirit of the former Caffe Dante,
it seems doubtful that writers & students would be able to go into
the place, get a Cappuccino and sit writing for an hour or two.
The former Caffe Dante was a Greenwich Village Italian Caffe where
people could go just for a Cappuccino or Espresso and maybe a
pastry if they liked, hang out with friends or be there on there own just 
relaxing, reading, writing, whatever ..

There was a rumor that the new Dante would be serving dinner and drinks
at night and that is what customers would be expected to order, and
spend probably a minimum of $30 and upwards, but during the day 
people would be able to just go in for a Cappuccino or Espresso. it seems
doubtful that this will be possible, but time will tell. Time will tell what the
New Dante is, if its successful or not and if it stays the same as the owners
now intend or if it will morf into something else.


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The New DANTE
North Side Dining Room



APEROL SPRITZ

On The Menu









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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

JG MELON to Open in GREENWICH VILLAGE as CAFFE DANTE Re-Opens



BIG NEWS on MACDOUGAL STREET



Caffe Dante


 




The beloved Greenwich Village institution for 100 years,
the new CAFFE DANTE is open to open its doors on
Macdougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village where it 
operated for exactly 100 years before owner (44years) 
Mario Flotta called it quits in April 2015 and sold the
legendary caffe to new owners.

I just poped my head in there before and they look like they
ready to open any day now. Only thing is, although the place looks quite nice, it doesn't look like it will be anything like it was for some
100 years, which is a true and classic Italian Caffe that served 
New York's best cup of Espresso along with Cappuccino and 
Italian Pastries, Sandwiches, and homemade Gelato.
The new place looks like a cool new Italian Bar, or Wine Bar 
and not the type of place where a writer can go and linger
over a cappuccino for an hour while he bangs out his lates
novela.
Well, I'll find out soon when I go and chcek it out.

PS .... In a post on Grubstreet, the articles headline is this;

"DANTE WILL BECOME a UNBEARABLE TRENDY 
SMALL-PLATES RESTAURANT"  end quote ...

Sierra Tishgart for Grubstreet March 25, 2015





JG MELON




A CLASSIC JG MELON BURGER



Up Macdougal Street less than 100 feet from Caffe Dante comes
a big new suprise for New York and Greenwich Village as an
offshoot of the famed Upper East Side 's famed JG MELON
bar and Burger Joint will be opening shortly on the corner
of Macdougal & bleecker Streets. Yhis guy for one is huge fan
of JG Melon and their awesome Burgers and am looking forward
to a great classic on a corner that has one mediocre food
establsihment after te other for the past 30 years. JG Melon
with their great burgers and cool laid back ambiance will be
a welcome new neighbor.
And by the way, for this guy, JG Melon makes one of 
New York's Top Two Burgers along with The
Shake Shack, JG Melon and Shake Shack get my
# 1 and # 2 Votes ...






The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK



JG MELON BURGERS Are GREAT !

But The DUDE Prefers His

IN N OUT BURGERS

Learn How to Make Them
in
THE DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK

"GOT ANY KAHLUA" ???







A Shuttered CAFFE DANTE

Ready to Spring into a New Chapter of Its Life

What Will It Be?








 JG MELON

The ORIGINAL

3rd Avenue at 72nd Stret, NEW YORK, NY


Danny Abrahms of The Mermaid & Red Cat
has partenered with longtime JG MELON Manager
Shaun Young to open a Greenwich Village outpost
of the famed JG MELON  ...

If all goes well, this Greenwich Village JG Melon offshoot
promises to be the 1st of many others. Maybe a bad thing?