Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Sopranos' "BACALA" Gets Saucy

reporter: Miguel Dominguez
copy: Steve Schirripa web site

On May 7th at Grace's Trattoria, Steve Schirripa, who played the role of Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos, unveiled three different kinds of his organic pasta sauces, Uncle Steve’s Marinara Sauce, Tomato Basil, and my favorite, spicy hot Arrabiata.

And what better place to taste this wonderful fare, than at Grace's Trattoria, whose owner and name sake, Grace Balducci Doria, is co-founder of Grace's Marketplace. The trattoria provided four delicious samples of food drenched in each of the sauces being debuted; gnocci, meat balls, shredded beef ribs, and mini pizzas. The trays kept coming and going to the point where I actually walked away from the event having had my dinner of the day. 

Grace Balducci Doria with parents Louis and Maria watching over her

Steve with the two Joe Scarpinitos, Sr. & Jr.

Wonderful red wine to go with the saucy treats was provided by 'Whiskey & Wine off 69'

“Growing up in Brooklyn, Sunday morning was the day you would wake up to the aroma of tomatoes, garlic and olive oil simmering on mom’s stove as she prepared the sauce for Sunday dinner. My fondest memories are from those days, my Italian heritage and the comfort of family.”
—Steve Schirripa

Four interviews in a row!

Best known for his role of Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos, Steve Schirripa has gone on to be a published author of the New York Times bestseller, A Goomba’s Guide to Life. This comical book includes chapters on growing up in Brooklyn, great Goomba’s in History, Goomba recipes and Goomba’s Do’s and Dont’s. His second book The Goomba’s Book of Love and his third The Goomba Diet, For Those with an Appetite for Life, are currently in stores nationwide.

With the popularity of the Goomba series, Steve was asked to write Goomba books for young adults. The first was entitled Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family, which was followed up by Nicky Deuce: Home for the Holidays. Because of the books’ success, Nickelodeon produced a film called Nicky Deuce which was released in May of 2013. Schirripa was Executive Producer as well as star of the film.

Steve had a very popular TV program in 2007 called Steve Schirripa’s Hungry. In the series Steve visits New York City restaurants and homes of various guests such as an Italian grandmother’s home for cooking lessons from the pros. “What’s round and very popular? If you’re talking about me you’re only partially right. I’m talking about the meatball. I’m Steve Schirripa and I’m hungry,” proclaims Schirripa at the start of one program dedicated to the art of the Italian meatball.

From 2009 to 2013 Steve was a starring cast member of the hit ABC Family series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager where he plays a single hard working father of a teenage boy.

Schirripa can also be seen as the host of Investigation Discovery’s Karma’s a B*tch!, which Steve is also co-creator and executive producer. Previously, Steve was the host and executive producer of two successful seasons of the ID series, Nothing Personal.

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