Divine Tenor’s Favorite Dish

Enrico Caruso was born in Naples at the end of 19th century. He is considered by many “the greatest tenor ever lived.” His divine voice an exquisite presence on stage captivated opera audiences all over the world.

This is an excerpt from The Great Caruso, a biographical film made in 1951, starring Mario Lanza, a wonderful tenor, as Caruso.  We cannot see the great Caruso himself in one of his favorite parts, the Duke of Mantua, but we can certainly enjoy Mario Lanza’s sparkling rendition.

Another divine tenor, one of the best of our times, the late great Luciano Pavarotti, delivers a passionate tribute to his predecessor Caruso, an eponymous song composed by Lucio Dalla.

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Having been born in Odessa, thus naturally becoming an opera lover, I had been brought up on a legend of Caruso performing in Odessa Opera House (pictured above). I have not found proof of it anywhere, though, but he did perform in St Petersburg and Moscow a few times. Imagine my surprise, when a dear blogofriend, a fantastic cook, and a great blogger who goes by a pen name Anne_Boleyn, came up with a delicious dish called Pasta alla Caruso which, she claims, was actually one of the great tenor’s favorite dishes. Now, I don’t promise that by eating it you will all of a sudden turn into an operatic tenor, but while you are reading – and, hopefully, cooking! – this fabulous recipe, listen to Enrico Caruso’s recording of a Napolitan folk song.


Bear in mind, Beautiful People, that to make this dish kosher, you have to use non-dairy cheese.





22 Comments Add yours

  1. spearfruit says:

    I love chicken livers Dolly. Looks like a good recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Gary.


  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Thank you for your kind remarks though you give me too much credit. The recipe and attribution available widely on line with several variations. My version is as simple as I could make it, proof that simplicity and good ingredients are often the key to a truly tasty dish.

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    1. Simplicity, good ingredients, and a little personal magic. My pleasure and honor, dear friend!

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      1. A_Boleyn says:

        Thank you again.

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      2. My sincere pleasure! 😻

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  3. A fabulous tenor voice can make me melt!

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    1. Me too, dear Mimi – a tenor is truly divine!


  4. Looks like a delicious preparation, Dolly. Thanks for the awesome share always.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kamal, but the credit belongs to “Anne” – she is amazing!

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      1. Oh yes must be but you put up amazing recipes too Dolly. Welcome dear.

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  5. Thanks for this, especially because Mario Lanza was a great favourite of my Dad’s

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    1. You are very welcome, Derrick. Some say that he was actually better than Caruso. I don’t know about that, but he was one of my favorite tenors as well.

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  6. randyjw says:

    Loved them both – Caruso and Pavarotti.

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    1. So did I, and Mario Lanza as well, although he was not in the same category, of course. We have an older friend who lives in Canada and comes here for Yomim Tovim. He is a chazan and a teacher of chasanim. When he makes Kiddush in our Sukkah, half of South Beach gathers on the street to listen. Tenor is divine!

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  7. These fellows are magnificent. I miss Pavarotti. He was so powerful. I remember Caruso from my childhood. Is there food for a contralto? Thank you. 💕

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    1. What a wonderful question – food for a contralto! I am one myself, and so is my granddaughter, singing solo parts with Boston Children and Youth Choir. The answer: not that I am aware of, but I promise to research and get back to you.

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      1. Yes, food for a contralto. That is my range. 🙂

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      2. Well, that means that you and I can never sing as a duet – two contraltos. We need a soprano.


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