Sauce or Gravy on the pasta dishes, it will always have that "Sopranos" taste if you use Artie Bucco's Marinara Sauce.
This Gift Set imported from Italy Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is packaged in a wooden crate and preserved in imported glass bottles with a pour spout and corked tops to protect their exquisite flavors.
Soprano Farewell Parties!
One of the very special things about The Sopranos that I always look forward to are those wonderful Sopranos parties that are part of the ritual of watching the show on Sunday night but know it will be a Wednesday night as part of the ritual.
But now the end is in sight. On June 10 th the final episode of The Sopranos will air. Tradition should hold true, but this time, the goal is to make it a night to remember.
Whether it is a special meal, at your favorite Italian restaurant or a slow cooked home dinner with family and friends, this is one of the things that make Sunday nights in Soprano Season special. Tradition also has it when watching the taped episodes, you have to eat leftovers (only kidding)
I usually have a Sopranos party and below are some of my menu items I prefer. Premiere Sunday, I do have some traditions that I adhere to. One major one this year will be unfortunately different. Traditional held that the cannolis had to come from Ferraras Bakery located on Bloomfield Avenue in North Newark. This year, after 3 generations of delicious baking, the owner, Phyllis Ferrara has retired. Ferraras had been my pastry shop of choice because Tony Soprano brought his mother Livia, macaroons from here when she was staying at Green Grove Retirement Home. So this year, I am out on the great cannoli hunt to find a suitable replacement pastry.
Some suggestions and recipe links to make your own "Sopranos Farewell Party" extra special
I get up early in the morning to find the freshest ingredients. One of my first stops is Lyndhurst Bakery to get some really fresh bread (which is baked fresh every hour). I visit the location at 256 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, New Jersey. This location, right off Route 3 is easy to get to. It sets the mood for the whole day.
Since, the majority of food shopping for the other ingredients has been done, the meats, sauce and the other goodies. Time to start the sauce.
I generally use for meat a combination of ground beef, veal and pork, which has been ground by a butcher. The sausage I purchase from Vitamia's in Garfield, New Jersey. This is a really neat shop, located on Harrison Avenue, Garfield, in a predominately Italian neighborhood. I often wonder if when Tony was having a bar b que in his back yard, and they mention the sausage is "from that place in Garfield" if this is where they are referring to. Vitamia's has a large selection of all sorts of home made cheeses, pastas, sauces and anything you could possibly want to add to your meal.
An antipasto is always a nice thing to have with a meal. The cold cuts such as Salamis, Cappacola, prosciutto are a good choice to start, Anthony my Italian food guru, Anthony, also suggests adding roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and cheeses such as mozzarella and provolone. This makes excellent picking food for an appetizer.
Sometimes another excellent appetizer is some sort of shell fish. Shrimp and stuffed clams are my choice, they can be prepared ahead of time, leaving more time to enjoy the day's festivities. You don't want to have too many appetizers or your guests will fill up and have no room for the food to come.
The main course traditionally is the Baked Ziti, made famous by A.J. remarked, when told Livia Soprano would not be attending an affair. It can be made with meat or meatless. I prefer the meatballs on the side. I add pieces of pepperoni to the baked ziti, this is an option. There are various different ways to prepare the sauce. The Sopranos Family Cookbook, features recipes for a Marinara sauce on page 13, and a Sunday gravy recipe on page 14. I personally cook the meatballs in the sauce, but this is my preference.
Two excellent sources for recipes, to keep with the theme are The Sopranos Family Cookbook, as compiled Artie Bocco, by Allen Rucker and Michele Scicolone and A Goombas Guide to Life, by Steven R. Schirripa. he first I consider the "Bible" for preparing the feast and the second, the Goomba book, in the end section has some wonderful recipes contributed by Premiere Caterers, who are responsible for feeding the cast and crew of The Sopranos. So it is possible to "eat" like a Soprano in celebration of the long wait we have had!
My advice to all, is have a great time, create your own personal traditions with friends and family, we've waited long enough for this very special day!
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Mouth watering Fra Diavolo Sauce
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