Ciao, Arreviderci, Buh-bye
My post-college room mate introduced me to the show, and, riveted, we watched on her tiny television the videos her father taped for us. Then my parents got hooked and I spent a trip home one spring watching two or three episodes each night. On a winter trip to Rochester my best friend and I holed up in his warm(ish) apartment and watched DVDs obsessively over the weekend. Now I have HBO myself and have watched it faithfully all season -- and it's almost over. Alas!
But it's time to go. The violence, the cursing, the gratuitous bad behavior demonstrated by most of the characters has taken a toll after years of viewing. Can people really behave like that? Isn't the show furthering Italian-American stereotypes? Can Carmela really be that shallow? Will A.J. grow up already, for pete's sake??
Well, no matter. It's made Sunday nights a little special-er, and has eased the transition into another work-week for too many months to count -- and I'll miss it. And because I'll be out of town and can't prepare a proper Italian-inspired feast (pizza, gelato, and red wine will have to suffice), I will leave you with the menu for one I did a few years ago at the close of the season. Fortuitously, Gourmet had done a big spread on Italy around then, and I took my cue from there.
Would Tony have approved?
R.I.P. Sopranos Dinner
Home made Italian bread
Tomatoes with basil and mozzarella
Farfalle pasta w.asparagus/garlic/mushrooms/fresh basil in a white wine/lemon sauce
White beans and roasted tomatoes with pearl onions
Lemon olive oil cake with homemade cherry preserves
Two kinds of wine