Cuban sandwich

Richie Boiardo, Sam Katz and Dom Damaggio, the possible model for the Sophrano's

Richie Da Boots mansion

Brutal, ignorant and deadly, Richard Boiardo (December 8, 1890 – 1984 AKA ""Richie the Boot", was a caporegime in the Genovese crime family who ran mob operations in the Newark, New Jersey area. Born in Naples, Italy, he immigrated to the Newark area in 1910. His first criminal activity involved bookmaking while he worked as a milkman. Boiardo eventually controlled criminal activities in the First Ward section of Newark. During the Prohibition era, Boiardo fought with Jewish mobster Abner "Longy" Zwillman for control of criminal rackets in Newark. At one point, Boiardo survived an ambush from Zwillman that left him with 12 bullet wounds. Despite this animosity, the two mobsters eventually made peace with each other and became partners. In the 1930s, due to Zwillman's influence, Boiardo became a made man of the new Luciano crime family. After Luciano was deported in 1946, this family became the Genovese family under boss Vito Genovese. With Zwillman's death in 1959, Boiardo became the undisputed mob boss of Newark. Boiardo bought a sumptuous residence in Livingston; he reportedly used the house's furnace and statue garden to quietly dispose of several bodies. Boiardo also owned a residence in Havana, Cuba, where he had gambling interests. It was reported that Boiardo found the pre-Castro Cuban lifestyle to hus likely and had planned to retire there.

Cuban Sandwich

1 loaf Cuban bread*
Prepared yellow mustard
1/2 pound baked ham, thinly sliced
1/2 pound roast pork, thinly sliced
8 thin dill pickle slices
1/2 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
Italian or French bread may be substituted.

Slice the bread horizontally to open. Spread a thin layer of mustard on top and bottom halves of bread. Arrange ham, pork, pickle slices, and Swiss cheese evenly over the bread. Cover the sandwiches with the top halves of the bread. Cut into 4 sandwiches.

Sandwich Press: Grill sandwiches in a hot buttered sandwich press until flat, bread is browned, and cheese has melted. Remove from heat; cut each sandwich in half and serve immediately.

Waffle Iron: Turn over metal plates to the flat surface. Place sandwich in hot buttered waffle iron, close cover, and grill for 3 minutes on each side.

Griddle: Place sandwich on a hot griddle, and position a heavy iron skillet or bacon press on top of the sandwich. Flatten the sandwich to about 1/4 of it original size. Grill the sandwich for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.