Ah, a romantic evening out with your lover of all things deathly. A little Marilyn Manson on the stereo as you dress, an extra tug

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Best Gothic Pasta Dish

Tavolata

Ah, a romantic evening out with your lover of all things deathly. A little Marilyn Manson on the stereo as you dress, an extra tug on your corset strings for a paler, more emaciated appeal. Perhaps you can drain off a vial of your blood, mixed with Spanish fly, to whet your beloved's appetite. Then, long after nightfall (but before midnight, when the kitchen closes), it's off to Tavolàta for strozzapreti, whose name translates as "choke the priest." Cookbook author Lidia Bastianich writes that this rolled-up, ropy pasta, which originated in Emilia-Romagna, is so rich that a priest once choked on it. Other food historians suggest that after six centuries of papal rule, Romagna peasants were simply registering a wee bit of resentment toward their clerical masters. Whether or not it has ever killed a man of God, Matt Fortner, Tavolata's chef de cuisine, tosses the chewy, twisty priestchoker with richly braised baby sheep, large oregano leaves, and mounds of shaved Parmesan. Don't eat it too fast! Then retire to your lair for red velvet cake and Mansinthe, Manson's personally branded absinthe. —Jonathan Kauffman

 
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