If you’ve seen the Soprano’s then you’re probably across the Italian-American slang like Mozzarell, ziti, tagliatel and of course gabagool. Gabagool, is the stuff that turns Tony Soprano into a mental case and causes him to black out regularly during the first few seasons. It turns out, this is the result of an old child hood memory of seeing his father chop off old man Satriale’s finger in the same butcher shop where the Gabagool comes from. If you haven’t indulged in the Soprano’s, well as Tony would say.. what you gonna do? Gabagool is actually Capicola, a cured and air dried meat made from pork neck (usually). If you’re after the good stuff head to Monaco’s Deli in Camberwell, it’s my local and Rob & Dom will, you know, take care of business.
Gabagool is great by itself but it also makes a pretty mean New Jersey Mobster sandwich. It’s pretty easy to make, Capisce?
Ok so first. It’s easy to make some vinegar peppers.
1. Take about a kilo each of red and yellow peppers.
2. Put them on the bbq or grill and grill until charred well.
3. Place in a plastic bag and allow to sweat for about an hour.
4. Remove from the bag and remove the skins and seeds. Chop roughly.
5. Steralise some jars and add the chopped peppers until about 4/5 full. Fill the rest with white vinegar.
6. Seal the jars and place into a large pot of cold water. Bring to the boil and allow to cool.
For our sandwiches we decided to have a relaxed lunch meeting at work. With some Gabagool, provolone, vinegar peppers and soft white rolls. A little pickled chilli as well for those inclined. Rob from Monaco’s also gave us the “safe” Capicola which uses the loin, it has a lot less fat but is good for people who are a bit squeamish about big lines of fat through the meat.
Monaco’s Continental Delicatessen & Food Store
525 Camberwell Road Camberwell VIC 3124
(03) 9889 7198