We all know our cinema history, be it when Dorothy realizes she and Toto aren’t in Kansas anymore, or when Rhett Butler scandalized our grandparents with the D-word, or when Charlie Chaplin landed his first speaking role. But unbeknownst to many, over the years, pasta’s been quietly doing the rounds of Hollywood, featuring in a supporting role here, a cameo there. (And all that without a PR agent.) We decided to go ahead and lend credence to pasta’s silver screen moments with this list. Like?
I Love You to Death 1990-
Rosalie’s husband’s been cheating. Lying. Breaking the sacred oath. Red pasta sauce to the rescue. Tomato puree, chili, and 2 bottles of sleeping pills. Sleep tight, Joey.
Paulie cuts the garlic so razor-thin, it melts at the touch of oil. Meat, red wine, white wine, scotch. Prison time was never this delicious.
Spaghetti con aria plays wingman to Jon Favreau, who successfully seduces Scarlett Johansson, much to the chagrin of a certain Mr. Ruffalo. It’s just a movie, Mark. Relax.
Lady and the Tramp 1955-
Kissing your Lady through a noodle of spaghetti. The real smooth move, Mr. Tramp. (You too, spaghetti-n-meatballs.)
Eat Pray Love 2010-
Recently divorced, and facing an existential crisis, Julia Roberts takes solace with a mouthful of spaghetti and an earful of Mozart all set in spectacular Italy. Mmm, rebound a la Bolognese.
Big Night 1996-
How do you resuscitate your restaurant? Simple. Serve the eardrum on opening night. (Il timpani.) Faith in pasta restored.
Cannoli, a traditional pasta-based dessert makes a sweet entrance in the epic Godfather, right after Rocco pops a cap or two into Paulie. Epic.
Spaghetti makes a cameo in this now-famous moment in cinematic history. Slurp slurp slurp. Go ahead, the pasta won’t judge.
A long and chequered career. Now an assassin, now a wingman, now a soft shoulder to cry on. There’s a lot a pasta can do. Now how about we see some action on the plate, shall we?