italian food

Just Taste It: Delicious Pizza from Ria Bella

Ria_Bella_Rosie_de_BelgeonneDo we really need another pizza place in Greenpoint? Well, probably not, but Ria Bella (1049 Manhattan Avenue) is pretty good and I am more than happy to add it to my rotation of options.

The pizzas are baked in a ceramic oven, with either a thin or traditional Sicilian crust. Some of the pizzas are pretty creative – one that they especially recommend is the Sfincione – a square pie that has tomato basil sauce, sautéed onions, anchovies, caciocavallo cheese, topped with roasted bread crumbs (Bread crumbs on pizza? Oh yes.), and extra virgin olive oil. Continue reading

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The Tasting Room: New Store with Olive Oil Galore

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The Tasting Room

In recent weeks a jovial string of tricolore bunting has appeared in the middle of Dobbin Street. This is not the world’s smallest street party but instead marks the site of The Tasting Room, a new store specializing in imported goodies such as olive oils, pasta and antipasti, all from Italy’s southern region of Puglia.

The Tasting Room owners Matthew Millner and his wife (who is from Puglia), have actually been importing and distributing these types of goods for the past three years, but it is only recently that they decided to open up a retail outlet. Continue reading

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Scalino G.P. Brings Italian Comfort Food to Greenpoint’s Manhattan Ave

Scalino_G_PIt’s January, the long weekend is almost over, and the vortex cold-spell is returning. Sometimes the only thing that will bring light to these dark days is the promise of a warm plate of glossy pasta and a glass of good red wine.

Lucky for us, there’s a new neighborhood Italian opened to offer up all kinds of comforting  dishes, and it’s just far enough from Adelina’s not to serve as competition. Continue reading

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Lucky Luna, Konditori & Five Leaves Crate: A Glut of New Foody Openings

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Konditori extends its Swedish Coffee Empire to Greenpoint

Food lovers of Greenpoint! Only three weeks in and 2014 is already looking to be the year of the eatery. A whole host of new cafes and restaurants are popping up on our fine, frosty streets and whilst some are still hanging their awnings and smoothing down the plasterwork, others have already flung open their doors to beckon us in. Continue reading

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Record Night Marathon! Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Adelina’s

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Come listen to chill beats or bust-a-rhyme without breaking the bank!

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) is kicking off the New Year with a record-night marathon. Greenpoint locals, musicians, and record afficianados: Ronny Moo, B-Z , John Terrelle and Tray-Z  will be taking turns at the turn table, starting at 7:30 pm.

Adelina’s is offering their regular a la carte menu PLUS a couple of savory specials. Sly Fox draft will be $4 all night and don’t forget the complimentary Prosecco toast at midnight.

Adelina’s will follow up the New Years celebration with a New Years Day Brunch from 12-5pm.

Sponsored post courtesy of Adelina’s.

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Adelina’s – (Mostly) Vegetarian With New Vegan & Gluten-Free Options

Have you been to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) lately? For the vegetarians and vegans among us, Adelina’s is secretly and ALMOST totally vegetarian – with many vegan and gluten-free options. Plus Adelina’s owner Toby recently introduced a vegan Italian street food called Farinata, which he invited us over for a try. Of course we don’t just eat and drink when we go to Adelina’s – we also shoot the you know what with Toby. Continue reading

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Food Anxiety! Sicilian Sunday Supper #7 Recap (Photos & Recipes!)

Each first Sunday of the month we have a Sunday Supper at a new location in Greenpoint with a new chef and each first Sunday Supper of the month I am nervous! There is a lot to do and a lot of unknowns. Like will it rain? Do we have enough utensils? Will the chef be on time?

Sunday Supper #7 was particularly more stressful because I was the chef and I suffer from Food Anxiety – which is a clinical neurological condition that involves worrying about making enough food for your guests. One of the symptoms is making way too much food! Everyone in my entire crazy family has this problem – it’s a genetic mutation on the Sicilian strand of DNA I inherited from my father Rocco. Continue reading

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(Not) Forgotten Greenpoint: “Who takes a picture of a braciole sign?”

This year I decided to roam around the Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Feast during the day when the street was resting from the evening’s festivities. While taking the above photo, a real NYC cop (imagine a thick Brooklyn accent) asked “Hey, where you from?”
“We live in Ridgewood,” I said, already getting annoyed at what he was getting at.
He wasn’t satisfied and since we look (and are) hipsters he said, “No, where are you from?”
“I’m from Florida,” Jon politely answered.
“I’m from Middle Village,” I answered not so politely, then said, “Where are you from?”
“Rockaway,” he said.
“Far Rockaway?” Jon asked.
“Do I look like I’m from Far Rockaway?”
He was white. My blood began to boil.
“Why are you asking us where we are from?” I said.
At this point I think Jon was trying to drag me away, luring me with the goldfish toss.
“I’m trying to assess the area ya know,” he said, “I thought you were hipsters tourists. I mean, who takes a picture of a braciole sign?” He said it like BRA-JOEL.
“A photographer,” I said.
He walked away mumbling. I drowned my rage (and all the things I should have said like, “I’m sorry I didn’t know it was your job to “assess” where people are from?”)  in a huge bag of zeppoles. It’s hard to hold back my loud mouth from Queens voice; sweet fried dough coated in powdered sugar works.

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I’m Getting Sicilian On Your Ass! Sunday Supper #7 (7/14) – SOLD OUT

That is my dad. That is his tee-shirt. Somehow this is reality. We are serious about Sicilian food and I want to cook for you!

This Sunday July 14th is Sunday Supper #7, a Big Fat Sicilian and Vegan menu, prepared by me at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) from 7-10pm. Proceeds benefit Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry!

And we have Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream and Sailor Jerry Rum cocktails, which we are preparing with a Sicilian blood orange twist!

This is going to be a lot of fun!

Menu:

Fresh Fava Bruschetta, Olives
Pasta,“Red” Sauce, Fried Eggplant
Fennel, Watercress, Grapefruit Salad
Fresh Cashew Ricotta Cannoli
Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream
Sailor Jerry Rum “Blood Orange” Cocktails

$45

SOLD OUT

*tickets are non-refundible

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Big Fat Sicilian (and Vegan) Sunday Supper #7 Menu Announced (7/14) – SOLD OUT

I am super excited to announce Sunday Supper #7, a Big Fat Sicilian and Vegan menu, prepared by yours truly at Greenpoint Church (136 Milton St) on Sunday July 14th, from 7-10pm. Proceeds benefit Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry! And we have Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream and Sailor Jerry Rum cocktails, which we are preparing with a Sicilian blood orange twist!

This is the food I love and I am so excited to share it with you in order to benefit such an important cause in our community!

Menu:

Fresh Fava Bruschetta, Olives
Pasta,“Red” Sauce, Fried Eggplant
Fennel, Watercress, Grapefruit Salad
Fresh Cashew Ricotta Cannoli
Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream
Sailor Jerry Rum “Blood Orange” Cocktails

$45

SOLD OUT

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