MA­FIO­SOS IN HA­VA­NA DID NOT EAT SPAG­HET­TI

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We usually see in ma­fia mo­vies that so­me mem­bers of the “fa­mily”, even the boss, pre­pa­re suc­cu­lent pas­tas in big cas­se­ro­les. They are al­ways ac­com­pa­nied by sau­ce meat­balls, com­ple­men­ted with ge­ne­rous amounts of wi­ne. The gangs­ters la­ter eat it all whi­le plan­ning exe­cu­tions or dis­tri­bu­ting te­rri­to­ries. The ima­ge of Ita­lian-Ame­ri­can peo­ple ea­ting spag­het­ti has become a cli­ché to cha­rac­te­ri­ze “tough” guys and link them to or­ga­ni­zed cri­me, the Co­sa Nos­tra or any of the de­no­mi­na­tions of ori­gin gi­ven to the­se ty­pe of cri­mi­nal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Des­pi­te the­se ste­reoty­pes shed by mo­vies on gangs­ters, so they become se­duc­ti­ve cha­rac­ters, si­mi­lar to any mor­tal that “eats” (pas­ta), “lo­ves” (mamma) and “prays” (to ma­don­na), as pa­ra­do­xi­cal as it seem, ma­fia mem­bers in Ha­va­na did not eat spag­het­ti.

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