Welcome to No F***in’ Ziti, the world’s first Sopranos Cooking Show where Mike and Tom from the NotaFoodie Show will be combining two of their biggest loves, great food, and amazing television. They will be cooking through all 86 episodes of The Sopranos.
Although it would be fun to eat nothing but antipasti and gabagool, the plan is to go beyond the “red-sauce” and cook a meal inspired by each episode. Expect dishes like Veal Chops, Lobster, and even homemade Sausage.
In Season 1 Episode 7 of The Sopranos “Down Neck” AJ Soprano and his friends steal church wine and get drunk before gym class which results in one of AJ’s friends throwing up on their gym teachers shoes. AJ is grounded and loses all of his privileges. Throughout the episode, he mopes around and tells Tony that he is depressed. Tony lets him know that he isn’t depressed and just has to deal with the consequences of his actions. To cheer him up Tony takes him into the kitchen and the two of them make ice cream sundaes.
Here at NotAFoodie we couldn’t just go and use storebought ice cream and whipped cream so we went and made it all from scratch. Tom has an ice cream maker, a favorite Gianduja recipe, and a brand new kitchen so we shot in his home for this episode.
The history behind Gianduja is very cool. During Napoleon’s rule, he prevented British goods from going to European ports. This made it very difficult to procure cocoa needed to make chocolate. Northern Italian chocolatiers in Turin began to mix local hazelnuts in with the chocolate to extend what little cocoa they did have and Gianduja was born. It is named after a marionette modeled after a typical Piedmont citizen and is now Turin’s official “King of Carnival”
Gianduja Ice Cream Recipe
As much as I would love to say that Tom or I came up with this ice cream recipe, this isn’t really in our wheelhouse, but we found an incredible one from the book The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. It is an amazing book and if you are an ice cream lover we definitely recommend picking it up.
If you want to check out the recipe online, Serious Eats did a version of it on their site. Link here
Also, here’s a link to the ice cream maker that we use in this episode.