Cinema is always about making you feel the thrill, very often these emotions are about food, whether mentioned, shown or simply suggested …

Rarer are the movies, though, where the characters provide an actual recipe.

In this sense, however, Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather(Il Padrino) was very generous.
The first movie of a trilogy based on the novel by the same name written by Mario Gianluigi Puzo in 1969, tells the story, set in 1946 New York, of Vito Corleone’s family, the “padrino” of a fearsome crime ring. 

Between bloodshed and family feuds, “Il Padrino” offers more than 60 scenes where food and beverages are indeed the boss,  approximately as many as the days it took to film the movie in 1971. However, there is one recipe that we would like to share with you …

Between bullets and stove tops 

After the murder of Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, the leadership of the organization goes to one of his three sons: Michael Corleone, a role played by a very young Al Pacino.

Peter Clemenza, played by Richard Castellano, boss and trusted friend of the Corleone family, introduces him to the “new world”.
Michael must learn the ropes and Clemenza teaches him everything: how to survive, how to shoot and even how to cook!

Medium shot, interior at night.
The Corleone family members are sitting at the dining table.
The camera zooms in on Castellano, who summons Al Pacino to the stove:

“Hey, come over here kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday.
You see, you start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it; you make sure it doesn’t stick. You get it to a boil; you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs, eh?
Add a little bit a wine… and a little bit a sugar… and that’s my trick.”

The Padrino Recipe

In short: to make sauce like Peter Clemenza did what you need is essentially the following:

> A clove of garlic
> Olive oil to taste
> Plenty of tomato sauce
> A bit of tomato paste  
> Three sausages
> A little short of 1 lb of meatballs
> Half a glass of wine
> A hint of sugar

Here we offer you a lighter vegetarian version that is equally assertive … at least because of its name and chilli pepper use: Arrabbiata

It’s very simple and ready in 15 minutes!