Last night, my husband said he would go buy "The Godfather" DVD for us to watch if I made an Italian meal to go with it. Since I was only a little kid when the film came out in '72, I - I'm embarassed to admit - had never seen "The Godfather." And since the rain, once again, was coming down, the trade of a meal for a movie sounded like an offer I couldn't refuse.
I returned from Trader Joe's with their unbelievably good prepared dough, some mozzarella, fire roasted tomatoes, basil and a bottle of Italian red wine. After letting the dough sit, I kneaded it into a round, sprinkled on olive oil with pressed garlic, spread on some tomatoes, basil leaves and slices of mozzarella as I sipped some wine, then baked the pizza for a half an hour at 350 degrees. It came out bubbling, golden and crisp, but soft inside...it was, I've got to say, the best pizza I've had in a long time.
While the rain poured, we turned off all the lights, put on "The Godfather," then movie's score swelled out of the darkness. I then became immersed into the life of the Corleones.
I sat silent until baby-faced, ex war-hero Michael Corleone just finished popping bullets into two men in Louis' Restaurant over plates of pasta..."Go, go! Get out-a there! Hurry!" I sat up with clenched fists and yelled at Michael - who stood over the dead men too long.
My husband looked at me like I'd gone over to the dark side. "You realize he just shot two people, right?"
After we turned the lights back on, and pulled the DVD out, I returned to the slightly more rational person he knew. That's also when I remembered we could have had a true mafia meal from a cookbook I picked up at a garage sale called "The Mafia Cookbook," by Joe Cipolla, published in 1970. Inside are recipes with names, such as: Beet It! Pig's Guts dell'Uomo de Fiducia, Bloody Murray, Blood Shots alla Nicola Barone....
Actually, this one - Vermicelli Greaseball - would have been perfect considering it's an initiation dinner and last night I was initiated into the family of "The Godfather." Well, maybe not. But I have been wanting to see that film for thirty years and now I can finally say I have.