Today we're going to talk about how two great arts - gastronomy and cinema - merge on the big screen to result in unforgettable scenes.
Italian cuisine is the pride and joy of many Italians. Not only does it include some fantastic recipes, but it also encompasses a cultural, social and family tradition. This can be seen in several films whose images take us to some of the best Italian kitchens and allude to famous dishes or represent those highly valued Italian culinary moments.
Some of the scenes that best represent these moments and the best Italian dishes are found in the classics: Francis Ford Coppola's trilogy The Godfather.
Throughout the series we find several moments when food is of great importance like, for example, when Tom Hagen, the Corleone family advisor, talks about the dinner with the best spaghetti he had ever eaten and can never forget. Another highlighted scene features Clemenza explaining to Michael Corleone how Italian style tomato sauce with meat is prepared, and he offers a trick for counteracting the acidity with sugar.
Another famous film homage to Italian cuisine takes place in Martin Scorses's Goodfellas. There is a scene in which Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro appear together enjoying pasta and De Niro offers an emotional "Delizioso."
And of course, who could forget the unforgettable scene for all audiences in The Lady and the Tramp? You probably know which scene we mean: the main characters enjoy a romantic moment when sharing a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
Then there's Mostly Martha, another film that plays tribute to Italian cuisine. In the film we meet Martha, a passionate cook by profession, and a chaotic, extroverted Italian chef who drives her crazy and leads to a few unforgettable scenes.
Of course, there are countless more films with scenes featuring the best of Italian cuisine, from Alberto Sordi passionately enjoying a plate of pasta in An American in Rome to Julia Roberts falling in love with a slice of pizza in Eat, Pray, Love.
And what about you? Do you remember a time when film and gastronomy merged in homage to Italian cuisine?
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