Clemenza’s Meatballs

There’ a great scene in The Godfather where one of the Corleone Family’s henchmen, the apparently genial Clemenza, show’s the film’s antihero, Michael, how to make Italian meatballs.


Now the description of how to make meatballs is very good but the film itself is pretty dark and moody so you can’t see what he is doing…

So I decided to see if I could make the meatballs following the description. No measures, just put it together and see what happens!

The scene in the film begins with Michael’s girlfriend calling him and being painfully girly (‘Michael, tell me you love me’. ‘I can’t right now, I’m surrounded my mafia hitmen…)

Then Clemenza hears him squirming:

‘Hey Mikey, why don’t you tell that nice girl you love her?’

I love you with all-a my heart!!’

‘If I donn-a se you again soon-a I’m gonna diee!’

‘Hey, come over here kiddo I learn you sommin.’

‘You never know, you might have to cook for twenny guts sumday.’

‘You see you start out with a lille bit ‘o oil, and then you fry some garlic…


I wanted onion. No tomato sauce can be tomato sauce without onion…

…Then you throw in some tomatoes and tomato paste, you fry it, you make sure it doesn’t stick.



So I screwed up Clamenza’s recipe by cooking the meat first (If I had been there making this I would have been taken outisde and shot)

Then when you got it to a boil you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs, eh?’


…add a little bidda wine…


…’an a little bidda sugar…


…an’ that’s my trick.

13 thoughts on “Clemenza’s Meatballs

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  2. Ever notice how all the Italian movies have a cooking scene? Another blogger I follow focused on Goodfellas with slicing the garlic with the razor blade. But you’re right – if Clamenza didn’t kill you, he would have at least shot off your kneecaps. Hey…I know a surgeon who does kneecaps so don’t worry!

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