Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino and Emmy-award winner Dee Dee Sorvino’s PINOT, PASTA, and PARTIES have put together a cookbook…the Sorvinos share 80 delicious, authentic Italian recipes along with menus that are perfect for relaxed entertaining. Readers also get a glimpse of the Sorvinos bi-coastal life and tales of Paul’s acting career.
Things I LOVED about the Sorvinos’ cookbook
All 10 chapters in this coffee-table-sized book highlight a complete meal from appetizer through to dessert.
Every chapter starts with a unique “Dee Dee’s Special Cocktail” recipe.
Each chapter reads like a short biography, a glimpse of the Sorvino lifestyle and includes the role of travel – Los Angeles for its farm to table dining and partying with the Governor in New York – as well as their interests in music, movies, television, art, politics and…parties!
The mouth-watering full-page photos.
The how-tos, especially Paul’s thoughts on which olive oil to use and the eight sauces you need to know that go with everything.
An appendix that includes names and descriptions of popular Italian wines.
Recipes I Want to Try
The Goodfella Cocktail with Jack Daniels, scotch, cognac and Limoncello.
Figs in a Blanket
Braciole (I haven’t had these since my mother made them, think of German Rouladen if you don’t know what a Braciole is. “Simply meat rolled around stuffing.”.)
Meatball Sliders (Way more flavorful sounding than a burger as these add in Italian sausage, among other things.)
Pasta e Pisella (with peas, pancetta…)
Scallops and Bacon over Spinach (recipe looks easy peasy!)
Grilled Figs with Goat Cheese, Balsamic and Pistachios (There is a trick to making these I can’t wait to try!)
Orange Polenta Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. (You had me at Polenta – that’s a new one!)
Chocolate Coffee Mouse (Two of my favorite things together – and in a mousse!)
Zabaglione (dairy free + eggs) with Strawberries and Blueberries (Marsala or sweet sherry is needed in this too!)
Poached Peaches with Raspberry Sauce (Forget about poached apples or pears now!)
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.