This special FOOD & FILM FRIDAY I get to be a part of the MOVIE MEAL FACE OFF & my pick is without a doubt: ✨Martin Scorsese’s “GOODFELLAS” (1990)✨
Let’s go through some of the greatest scenes and how it all revolves around food. ❤️👌
1) The iconic Bamboo Lounge where we not only experience the famous “funny guy” scene, but we also get to witness one disastrous first double date.
2) Jimmy a Conway hangs out at Neir’s Tavern where the ambitious Lufthansa heist was planned.
3) Henry takes Karen to the Copacabana and who didn’t want to be Karen in that moment? If you live in New York and you’re looking for the “Goodfellas experience,” I must recommend heading to SoHo’s Cafe Select… chandeliers and candlelit tables out front, but when you walk towards the bathrooms in the back, just push the door and waltz right through the kitchen. You will be able to exit the back of the kitchen to find a hidden “speakeasy”-esque tiki bar – cash only!
4-8) One of my absolute favorite FOOD SCENES ON FILM, when the crew makes authentic Italian pasta and has a full sit down family dinner from prison. Classic. 🧄🍝🍅
The sauce that is made in the film is a hearty meat sauce. However, I am going to use this opportunity to provide my favorite pasta sauce recipe – Pasta Alla Vodka.
¼ cup olive oil
½ shallot, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
½ cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons vodka
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt & pepper
1 pound fusilli
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ounce finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until paste is brick red and starts to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Add vodka and cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add cream and red pepper flakes and stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Add pasta to skillet with sauce along with butter and ½ cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until butter has melted and a thick, glossy sauce has formed, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add 1 oz. Parmesan, tossing to coat. Divide pasta among bowls, then top with basil and more Parmesan. Bon Appetit!
9) Love this scene where they have dinner with Tommy DeVito’s mother, who is actually played by Catherine Scorsese, Martin Scorsese’s mother. Nothing like a nice hearty meal before you get rid of a body!
10) My last shoutout today is the Sherwood Diner moment where the boys await some big news. Having a good go-to diner is a New York staple. My personal favorite is Joe Junior’s in the East Village (where I highly recommend the Jalepeno Omelette).
11) Italian Sausage & Peppers makes a continual presence in the film. This is a classic Italian snack. Just a Pinch makes a mean Italian recipe if you want to go authentic.
My preferred variation is Poblano Peppers Wrapped in Bacon.
Poblano peppers (as many as you’d like to make – think of them as bite sized, and meant to be served as an hors d’oeuvre)
Turn oven on 350 degrees. Wash produce. Cut poblano peppers in half, long-ways. De-seed thoroughly (especially if you are sensitive to spice & rinse another time to get rid of extra spice). Spread cream cheese into the inside of the halved peppers. Take uncooked bacon out and wrap around each pepper (usually half a strip of bacon fits around one halved pepper). Get baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Place prepared peppers on baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes – or as long as it takes to properly cook bacon. Serve!
Happy Food & Film Friday – hope you enjoyed these “GOODFELLAS” themed insights. Follow my Instagram where I am the most responsive to engagement and tell me how your recipes turned out & your favorite food scenes in movies! 🌶🍝❤️