First They Came for the Manicotti

by in View All Posts, January 21st, 2009

I’ve always fallen squarely on the side of Marinetti when it comes to Italian cuisine, but the New York Post has given me reason to recant:

ONE of the FBI’s secret weapons against the Mafia was, believe it or not, the Food Network. Retired FBI Agent Jack Garcia revealed over breakfast at ’21′ that when his bosses asked him to infiltrate the Mafia, he boned up on the proper pronunciation of Italian delicacies to make sure his cover wouldn’t be blown. To sound more authentic, Garcia said, he glued himself to the Food Network and watched Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Giada DeLaurentiis to hear how they rolled out “manicotti” and “prosciutto.”

Well, I’m glad we’re good for something. [via]

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer

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