Do you want to remove all your recent searches?

All recent searches will be deleted

What The Hell Is The Italian Meat Known As "Gabagool?"

2 months ago310 views

Esquire

Esquire

Everybody knows about salami, prosciutto, and bologna. The staples of the great Italian-American meat and cheese board have become as well-known as Extra Virgin Olive Oil thanks to over-priced Starbucks breakfast sandwiches and wedding caterers nationwide. But if you were a fan of The Sopranos–celebrating its 20th anniversary today–you’ve probably been wondering for a very long time, what the f*ck is "gabagool?"

Formally known as capicola, gabagool is by no means the most trendy or popular of the Italian cold cuts, but it is the most fun to say. If you grew up in New Jersey, have an Italian heritage, or ever found yourself surrounded by either of those cultures, chances are, you’ve heard the term thrown around quite a bit. In The Sopranos, red meat plays a crucial role in the psychological trauma of Tony Soprano, so words like "gabagool" and "super-sod" (soppressata) carry a bit of narrative heft throughout the series. Even The Office invokes the term in its memorable mafia episode from 2009, which sees Michael Scott ordering "just the gabagool" to show off in front of his new Italian-American friends.

Report this video

Select an issue

  • Sexual content
  • Violent content
  • Defamation or Hateful content
  • Fake news story

Embed the video

What The Hell Is The Italian Meat Known As "Gabagool?"
Autoplay
<iframe frameborder="0" width="480" height="270" src="https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x70h2w3" allowfullscreen allow="autoplay"></iframe>
Add the video to your site with the embed code above

Report this video

Select an issue

  • Sexual content
  • Violent content
  • Defamation or Hateful content
  • Fake news story

Embed the video

What The Hell Is The Italian Meat Known As "Gabagool?"
Autoplay
<iframe frameborder="0" width="480" height="270" src="https://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x70h2w3" allowfullscreen allow="autoplay"></iframe>
Add the video to your site with the embed code above