Pranzo con Rocco - Wednesdays @Noon
Rocco (sometimes referred to as "Ass Cricket" and/or "Bung Biscuit"), the son of a master baker and a candlestick maker, hails from the port city of Buffoonia, Sicily. A rather unremarkable toddler, our malevolent little meatball maintained a low profile (as do most who've been mercilessly squashed by gravity) so as not to pique the interest of law enforcement. The respect he craved as a trusted bookie, racketeer, bodyguard, wet nurse, amateur plagiarist, and expert quilter would be his to enjoy one day. But that respect had to be earned.
Having first run afoul of the local constabulary at the tender age of four years, three months, and two days, Rocco soon realized that the seamy underbelly of organized quilt-making was no way to make a legitimate living; it was messy, very messy. His reckless use of fusibles and bias tape brought dishonor to the family. He was even excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church for his refusal to abandon the Bargello Technique, seen by some to be a form of black magic.
Rocco's days as a free young man came to a grinding halt one summer day after having been arrested for excessive embellishment - not for his story, mind you, but for a highly ornate tapestry he had created as an homage to his dear mama, Anna Roccini. Charged with being criminally garish, Rocco was sentenced to twelve years of hard labor (eleven suspended). While incarcerated, Rocco was assigned to the cucina. It was there he honed his culinary skills, specializing in gnocchi and cannoli. His cellmates couldn't get enough of his confections. The guards were giddy when Rocco shared his potato dumplings with the cross-dressing homicidal maniacs in solitary, especially when he delivered the taste-tempting treats clad only in flowered shower slippers and a polka-dotted banana hammock. Rocco was a model prisoner (and if it weren't for the makeshift catwalk the warden had built, Rocco, aka "Cacciatore Cheeks", would've ended up being just an average prisoner).
Paroled after just six weeks for fairly good behavior, Rocco decided to start anew. So, off to the pier he went, cutting mat and fancy presser foot at the ready. After having commandeered a salmon boat at gunpoint, our intrepid mama's boy set sail for the New World; first stop: Staten Island; second stop: the potty; third stop: Cincinnati (after having commandeered a Greyhound at gunpoint).
Rocco has a li'l sumthin' sumthin' for you (besides his embarrassingly minuscule pork sausage): an hour of blistering Classic Rock each and every Wednesday at high noon. Have a seat, shut up your face, open your freakin' ears, and enjoy. But don't even think of criticizing the Chef's work. You might just end up rolled in a beautifully handcrafted quilt and dumped in the local landfill.