Pastavino Reopens!

With all the Covid restrictions placed on the food industry in New York City, many restaurants were forced to close. Some never recovered and their doors will not open again. Gratefully earlier this month Pastavino beat all odds and reopened in full force. This upscale Italian restaurant is located on the north shore of Staten…

Pizza Rustica a.k.a. Easter Meat Pie

It is that time of year again. Easter is upon us and it has been tradition in my family since before I was born to make Pizza Rustica or as some call it, “Easter Meat Pie”. It is one of the two popular pies we make during this holiday. The second is Pizza Gran or…

“The Beast” Devours Cuzin’s Seafood – Clam Bar

Over the bridge and through the woods to Cuzin’s Seafood Bar we go. In Marlboro New Jersey is where you can find Cuzin’s Seafood – Clam Bar. With a large dining room and plenty of outside seating this is definitely a hot spot in the area. Pre covid they had a great bar scene but…

Butter Poached Lobster Tails With Saffron Risotto

Anyone who has made risotto and also watched “The Karate Kid” would agree Mr. Miyagi should of had Daniel-San skip wax on, wax off. He should of had Daniel make risotto. Stir right, stir left. Constant stirring is the trick to making risotto. However, the work is definitely worth the reward with this luscious, creamy…

Baci Ristorante

It was time to “Feed The Beast” so we ventured to Dongan Hills, Staten Island and found ourselves at Baci Ristorante. Let me start off by giving a tremendous thank you to everyone at Baci for treating “The Beast” with such professionalism and hospitality. We never had to search for assistance, every question we had…

NOLA Charred Oysters

Today is Fat Tuesday which cumulates the beginning of the Mardi Gras carnival in New Orleans. The first Mardi Gras parade in NOLA dates back to 1837. It is a celebration of life held before the subdued holiday of Ash Wednesday. New Orleans is known for it’s night life, history, music and especially it’s food….

Roasted Red Peppers

Ciao Bella. One of my favorite side dishes to compliment fresh mozzarella is roasted red peppers. I also enjoy them on an Italian cold cut sandwich. I’ve never been a fan of the ones sold in a jar. The peppers are usually too big and to preserve them, they add vinegar which I personally feel…

Panelle Siciliane

I was reminiscing about my childhood and the times my parents would take me to eat Sicilian food. For those not in the know, there is a distinct difference between Italian food and Sicilian delicacies. Depending on what section of Brooklyn, NY we were in, we always went to one of two places. Those places…

Max’s Es-Cas

“The Beast” acknowledges Max’s Es-Cas as a place to support during ‘NYC Restaurant Week To Go”. For those not in the know, there is a place on the North Shore of Staten Island serving up traditional Italian fare in an elegant setting called Max’s Es-Cas. This family run restaurant is a local hot spot. As…