You Can Make the Recipe That Landed Lady Gaga Her Role in A Star Is Born

published Oct 9, 2018
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Here’s a tip for nailing your next job interview: Cook spaghetti and meatballs for the person that’s hiring you. Okay, maybe don’t do that, BUT it might delight you to know that this unconventional strategy is partially how Lady Gaga won over Bradley Cooper and led to her leading role in A Star Is Born, currently in theaters nationwide.

The first mention of the now infamous spaghetti and meatballs comes from an interview with Vogue as part of Lady Gaga’s October cover story. As legend might have it, on the day that Bradley Cooper drove to her Malibu home to discuss her potential role in the movie that he wrote, produced, and also happens to star in, Gaga asked him if he was hungry, to which he replied “I’m starving.” The duo then proceeded into her kitchen for a lunch of spaghetti and meatballs which she herself prepared.

According to Variety, the recipe was symbolic of an even deeper connection. Cooper says that the pair formed an instant bond over their similar upbringings admitting that “when we first met, after 10 minutes, we were eating homemade food that she cooked — I love to eat — that was actually a huge bond, that we both came from East Coast Italian-American families.” He all but offered her the job on the spot.

Lady Gaga’s Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Aside from Lady Gaga’s undeniable star power, heavy-hitting vocal abilities, and acting chops, we’re going to go out on a limb and guess that her spaghetti and meatballs were probably off the charts too. Here’s why Lady Gaga is uniquely qualified to make life-changing, resumé-boosting spaghetti and meatballs: Her parents Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta own and operate Joanne Trattoria in New York City, where they specialize in Southern Italian fare and family recipes. Of course, as soon as I happened upon this news, I realized that I ATE THESE VERY MEATBALLS in August 2012, just six months after the restaurant opened its doors for business. Therefore, I can personally attest that the Germanotta family’s pasta, meatballs, and gravy are the real deal (just like Lady Gaga’s voice).

Lucky for you, we scoured the internet and got our hands on the not-so-secret meatballs and spaghetti sauce recipe so that you can test it out at home. Let us know if making this dish happens to land you any starring roles!

Get the recipe: Germanotta Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce on ABC News