Some time ago, Dad introduced you to our favorite local pizza joint. I encourage you to hit that up and read about the colorful history of Larry Dinolfo and his culinary hero status in our hometown. Dad did such a great job there I can’t add much. Needless to say, it was a very special kitchen in which to grow up. At one stage of my life, Larry offered candy necklaces and fun singalongs… colorful stories at another stage… then dirty jokes… and later some… *ahem*… wisdom on courting the opposite sex.
Who knew college was supposed to be like a doughnut factory?
Today I’m here to share a tribute to Larry and his famous Garlic Salad Dressing. Prepare yourself for a life-changing event. You won’t be the same after.
I’m writing this up instead of Joanna because it might not be the healthiest recipe in the world. Dad spent way too many hours after Larry passed perfecting this tribute and I refuse to allow The Wife to ruin it by attempting substitutes like tofu for pepperoni and condensed quinoa sweat or something instead of salad oil.
Don’t think I’m exaggerating the amount of R&D effort that’s led us here. I believe we’re now on Version 8 of the recipe. Each time a slight ratio adjustment gets phoned in to us, I can’t imagine how it could possibly taste any more like Larry’s original.
But it does.
So without further ado, I give you
The ingredients may look straight forward and for those that didn’t grow up with the real thing, you’ll enjoy the dressing with whatever you have laying around. However, I’ve discovered not just any old brand of Oil and Vinegar will do. I’ve tried. For true authenticity, you need a hookup from T-County to visit the local market that carries these specific labels, plus their signature pepperoni.
Perhaps a Blog Giveaway is in order?
- Iceberg Lettuce – Half Head (Resist the Kale)
- Balbo Salad Oil – 1/3 Cup (Resist the EVOO)
- Muro Wine Vinegar – 1/8 Cup
- Garlic Powder – 3/4 Tablespoon
- Accent – 1/2 Tablespoon (Resist not wanting to eat straight MSG)
- Table Salt – 1/2 Teaspoon (Resist weird large pink salt rocks we have)
- Brown Sugar – Dash
- Colby Cheese – Handful, Freshly Shredded
- Miceli’s Pepperoni Stick – Handful, Freshly Sliced
- Green Olives – Handful
- Black Olive – One
- Toss lettuce, liquids, and powders in a large bowl
- Sing something vibrantly in Italian
- Sprinkle on cheese, pepperoni, and olives
- Tell anatomically impossible joke
To complete the experience, here is a family friendly peek inside Larry’s kitchen… and life. Below is the most amazing thing I’ve ever found on YouTube. This was filmed for the local cable access station, I’m guessing sometime in the 1980s.
P.S. – Read this to see how Joanna adapted this recipe into the most delicious burger I’ve ever eaten.
Question of the Day: Do you have certain foods or tastes that instantly bring back your childhood?