Frank Restaurant at #88 Second Avenue in NYC.
On this June 16th we will celebrate the 15 anniversary of my eldest “son” @frankrestaurant. This place was always supposed to be my grandmothers kitchen with her dining room attached for all to enjoy but mostly to honor her and for me to always remember it. There have been few places in my life that I have felt more at ease or more disarmed. I’d like to hope that @frankrestauant has given some of you the same comforts and more so the same connection to her food. If you truly love and respect someone in your life you honor them by making them immortal. Live on Nonna, not a day goes by that you don’t feed and nourish hundreds of people with what you so generously shared with everyone that ever met you. #grandma #nonna #home #welcomehome #nourish #honor #respect #anniversary #immortality # (at Frank Restaurant)
My mother and father 50 years ago this coming September tied the knot in Corona Queens and have been together ever since. I can’t imagine what this first day was like as they were driving away into the sunset to spend the rest of their lives together, but I can be thankful everyday that they did and consider myself lucky to exist at all. Fate is a very tricky thing and it crosses my mind less and less these days as I learn to accept things as they are and people for who they are. It took a long time to accept my parents and understand that I could not be who I am without every flaw and virtue they possess intact. It’s thoughts like this that make me feel more free than I have ever felt before and realize that everyone has a higher purpose and a role to play in everyone’s lives around them. I’d like to leave this earth one day knowing that I played my role with a full heart and complete honesty for anyone that has stepped into my life even if it was just for minutes or even seconds and even if it was with a harsh tone that they may have needed to hear to alter their path in some productive way. #fate #myphilosophy #truth #honesty #latenightmusings #toughlove #love #gettingallsensitiveandshit #donthatemeforit #momanddad #wedding #oldphoto #solicitude
Handmade Cencione pasta right now and every day 364 days a year no rest no break only Xmas day off so that you may indulge as if in Naples. Roughly translated cencione means “rags” and that’s exactly what they do to Sauce. They soak it up unlike no other short pasta I have ever used so #comeandgetit sauce soaked and dripping all over the place. #pasta #pastaporn #primi #foodporn #instafood #picoftheday (at Sauce Restaurant)
More bales… Same series.
Many years ago I shot only black and white film and had my own full darkroom. I miss it badly when I think of what I could have done with this landscape had I had my gear and choices of film and chemicals. Shot this on my Leica dlux… #leica #blackandwhite #haybales #hay #landscapes #landscape (at Università di Scienze Gastronomiche)
Pollenzo last summer… Some of you may remember this series of hay bales. Just an incredible landscaping method that took into account the complete aesthetic of the landscape within every function of the process itself of creating and storing the bales. Again the Italians teach us a lesson in the quality of life while doing their labors. Why not make it beautiful?
Why not make everything we do beautiful?
#haybales #hay #straw #fieno #landscape #landscapes #qualityoflife (at Albergo dell’Agenzia Pollenzo)
The real deal. These are from my trip to Sicily last year in CastelBouno where all my Prisinzano ancestors come from. I’m getting myself physically and emotionally ready for this summers trip to Italy for 6 weeks. I will again be scouring Italy for the best of everything and of course journaling it all right here for you all to see. #journal #log #blog #italy #cannoli #pastry #foodporn #instafood #letsdothis #wannacomeforaride #strapin #buckleup #sicily #castelbouno
Kale potato gnocchi “Aglio d’orato” @suppernyc.
Gnocchi made from cooked chopped kale, potatoes, flour, cheese and eggs. The sauce is a rich chunky tomato sauce with “golden garlic” cream. We cook whole cloves of garlic in olive oil super low heat until the garlic is golden brown and sweet, we then add cream to the garlic and let it simmer till the garlic dissolves in the sauce. On the pick up with toss the gnocchi with the tomato sauce and finish it with the piping hot Aglio d’orato sauce on top. Sick dish, my sons want it everyday. #comeandgetit #foodporn #gnocchi #kale #garlic #aglio #pasta #primi #instafood #letsdothis #method #transparency #welcomehome (at Supper)
When Santino smiles my whole life lights up emerald green with munchkins and wizards and magic potions with princes and princesses. Kids make it ok to believe in fairytales and happily ever afters all over again even if you never did.
#happilyeverafters #kids #princes #princesses #munchkins #wizards #fairytales #magicpotions #santino #chezfrank
Motion is essential to everything. Catching things in motion gives most people a decent thrill. I have an especially intimate relationship with motion because I design all the motion in my kitchens. Everything has a cadence and the cadence needs to serve the integrity of the dish. Ingredients have to go in in order and the location of the mise en place has to serve the station that is finishing the dish. I also have to teach my guys how to batch out checks. Again the less motion and steps you do the better so when we see similar items on the checks we consolidate the pick ups to imitate waves leaving the kitchen. All my restaurants are designed down to the inch and space is money so the kitchens are very small for what they churn out. I prefer a smaller kitchen myself because I feel they are tighter and faster to run. When I open a place I jump right on the line and figure the rhythm and cadence of the stations out myself first and then train my guys. I am extremely specific and I teach the “moves” as well as the cadence. I also teach what should be batched and what shouldn’t during multiple ticket pick ups. Adjustments need to be made to the menu if something clogs up the line too much or if its just too hard to execute in the heat of the night. I basically “idiot proof” everything. #motioniseverything #cadence #rhythm #dance #batching #myphilosophy (at Shore Club)
Can a heterosexual man ever be friends with a beautiful woman? Is that possible? Can a man deny his natural instincts for friendship? I can tell you that after 47 years I still have no control over how my natural impulses come into my life. Some people say by now I should, but I reject that. There is no room for reasoning when it comes to physicality because it ceases to be natural the instant you try to make educated decisions about attraction. Why do we have to be so regimented? Why should we look at things in such an absolute way? I feel like possession is the love of our time and its just wrong. Contracts have no place in matters of the heart and love is not real at all without a good dose of childish impulse.
#letgo #wecanloveinapurerway #wecanbemorehonest #relationships #myphilosophy #ramblings (at Miami Beach)
I’m already so relaxed. Miami is my Valium, my Xanax. I do not do pills I do Miami. I score weed and I chill large. For me if the choice is the Hamptons or Miami Miami wins every time. Everyone needs an Oasis from NYC. The city is pure energy and at times it can just be too much. You are always “on” at all times, always being challenged always being heard out. It hones your message but its just a lot and its non stop. Its NYC its supposed to be like this. You must take breaks, get out anyway you can, grab a zip car and DRIVE BITCH. Rent a convertible corvette drop the top drive and remind yourself that you can’t always be on, you gotta rip out and rip out hard. #myphilosophy #experience #sage #schoolofhardknocks #trueNYer #queens #getout #gohard #celebratemilesstones my friend Sofie took this. #sunrise #miami