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Dean Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti to an Italian father and Italian-American mother; English was not spoken in his home until Dean was five. He later commemorated his father’s birthplace – the land of Caesars, Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci – in song. The moon may well hit your eye 'like a big pizza pie' in Napoli but this is no preparation for perhaps the most cringeworthy rhyme in popular music history: 'When the stars make you drool like a pasta fazool'. Fazool derives from fasule, the Neapolitan name for fagioli – beans. So here's a recipe for a nice pasta e fagioli with which I hope to cajole ye'; I’ve adapted from the dish served at my favourite cantina in Naples – La Chiacchierata.
Serves: Serves 6 as a starter
It has to be barbera. Nothing else wakes up pasta and beans quite so vivaciously.
Typical values per serving:
This recipe was first published in Tue Apr 01 01:00:00 BST 2008.