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Songs For An Italian Dinner

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Music has the ability to make life better in so many ways. Case in point: The dinner party.

Whenever you host a dinner for friends, or create a meal for family, music can always add to the experience. The key is proper song selection and keeping the volume low to ensure it never competes with conversation.

The simplest rule of thumb is when serving ethnic food, use music from the part of the world where the dish originates. Having a sushi dinner party? Use Japanese music!  Mexican? Try Mariachi. French? Throw on some Edith Piaf.The extra effort will improve your meals dramatically and give you a big leg up in social circles.

With the advent of subscription music services like Rhapsody, it's now simple to go the extra mile and provide fitting music for any occasion. 

This particular playlist works best with immigrant Italian food.

Piles of spaghetti or lasagna, antipasti, meatballs, Italian bread and a big basket-bottle of Chianti, all served on a red and white checkered tablecloth. A meal like this would be the perfect accompaniment for this 25 song playlist of mafia-style hits.

The Playlist:

1. O Sole Mio - Frank Patterson

2. That's Amore - Dean Martin 

3. Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) - Jerry Vale

4. Core 'Ngrato - Sergio Franchi

5. Santa Lucia - Mario Lanza

6. Rigoletto: La Donna Mobile - Luciano Pavarotti

7. Anema E Core - Perry Como

8. Funiculi, Funicula - The American Tenors

9. Come Back To Sorrento - Dean Martin

10. Na Sera E Maggio - Luciano Manacore

11. L.O.V.E. (Italian) - Nat King Cole

12. Arrivederci Roma - Connie Francis

13. Summertime In Venice - Jerry Vale

14. Une Note A Catania - Various Artists

15. "Che gelida manina" [La Boheme - original version - Act 1] - Luciano Pavarotti

16. L'Elisir D'Amore: Una Furtiva Lagrima - Placido Domingo

17. Torno A Surriento - Alain Morisod

18. O Mio Babbino Caro From Gianni Schicchi - Giacomo Puccini

19. La Vecchia - Alan Lomax

20. Mala Femmena - Michael Amante

21. Mama - Jerry Vale

22. Cielo Stellato - Various Artists

23. Tarantella Napoletana, No.8, Les Soirees Musicales: La Danza - Jan Peerce

24. Santa Lucia Luntana - Mario Lanza

25. Maria - Johnny Mathis

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