If you’ve watched Paramount’s “The Offer” television series, you’ve probably realized that the transition from the cinematic portrayal of “The Godfather” is complex. In fact, the obstacles presented in getting Mario Puzo’s fictional Corleones saga from paper to screen were as immense as they were – often – bizarre. As the infamous film ‘Godfather’ celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it’s time to give your friends and family an ‘offer they can’t refuse’ by hosting an event honoring everyone’s classic. the temperature.
“Revenge is a dish that tastes better when it’s cold.” – Don Vito Corleone (in the novel)
It’s often the traditional first course of a formal Italian feast, and it’s typically delicious: antipasto. The distribution of sweet and savory snacks varies according to the Italian region. For example, some antipasto plates include sweetened nuts, pickled peppers, and seasonal fruits accompanied by a handful of cold cuts and cheeses. Other plates can replace fruit with pickled and/or pickled vegetables like artichokes, mushrooms, and pepperoncini. Whichever variation of antipasti you choose, the Don will surely approve (if not, well…).
“We don’t discuss business at the table.” –Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone
Who needs to discuss business at the table, especially when you have games to play? Celebrate the classic Francis Ford Coppola movie with the nostalgic Monopoly board game. Except this version of the age-old board game is Godfather Monopoly. Instead of a top hat, thimble, or race car (as in the original game), player tokens include a Tommy gun, horse head, and cannoli. And instead of Community Chest cards, this Monopoly rendition has “Friends” cards. It also features “Hideouts” instead of houses and “Compounds” instead of hotels. There is also “The Godfather, Last Family Standing Board Game”, which involves a hand of cards that allows players to “break” other players; hide behind a car, make alliances or flee to Las Vegas or Italy. It only requires three to six players (ages 14+) and 30 minutes to play. (Both games are available on Amazon.co.uk.)
“You never know when you’re going to have to cook for 20 guys.” — Pierre Clemence
If “Fat” Clemenza can whip up a pot of sauce to order, so can you! While authentic Italian sauce recipes abound online, if you’re looking for something simple, Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis has you covered. Her simple tomato sauce recipe combines extra virgin olive oil; chopped onion, garlic, celery and carrots; crushed tomato; basil and bay leaves; Butter; sea salt and pepper (foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurenti is). When it comes to pasta, if you’re looking to honor the country of origin’s most beloved type, offer the most popular: penne (according to the Italian ianfoodexperts.com). Other best pastas are spaghetti, fusilli, rigatoni and tagliatelle. As for producing perfectly cooked pasta, there are rules. Many skilled Italian natives, chefs and pasta makers have discovered the hidden techniques of a good boil. For example, for firmer al dente pasta, the trick is to drain the pasta two to three minutes before the recommended cooking time (ex: if a package of pasta says 10 minutes, you should drain the pasta at eight minutes) . Other tips include not adding salt to the water until it is boiling. And many Italian cooks suggest – often vehemently – never to break long pasta.
“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” – ‘Fat’ Clemenza (again)
No “Godfather” party would be complete without cannoli. For ambitious bakers who want to capture the true character, crunch and richness of cannoli, who better to learn how to make the traditional Italian treat than a 93-year-old Italian? On YouTube lives a precious video of Clara, a resident of an island near Sicily, who reveals how the decadent dessert is made (https://bit.ly/3D4sz9G).
For those of us who are less confident in throwing such a baking party, many bakeries offer cannoli.
“Never let anyone know what you think.” –Michael Corleone
One of the wonderful aspects of Coppola’s rendition of “The Godfather” is the captivating cinematography – the Italian countryside, New York’s Little Italy, even the garden of the Don – you feel like you’re a part of every scene. . Give your guests an immersive experience by emulating your very own Louis’ Italian restaurant (the place where Michael Corleone goes from military hero to criminal mastermind). Place checkered tablecloths and wicker-covered bottles of Chianti with candles on individual tables. Wrap warm Italian bread – focaccia or ciabatta – in linen napkins placed in baskets with plates of olive and balsamic oil, salt and pepper for dipping. Make sure the lights are dimmed and the soundtrack to “The Godfather” is on loop.
And don’t forget to tell the guests to dress in their best, as if they were guests at Connie’s wedding.
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