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Francis Ford Coppola directs... food?

Everyone has their favorite foods, from Ronald Reagan and jelly beans to Gwyneth Paltrow and anything non-dairy, non-gluten, non-meat, non-shellfish, non-condiment, non-sugar, non-alcohol, and non-caffeinated -- damn, she's a tastemaker! Bringing you Francis Ford Coppola's favorite grub, Rustic.From the lens-minder that gave us The Godfather trilogy, Rustic is a lodge-like resto tucked within the FFC winery, replete with dark rich woods, hickory pecan floors and awesomely high ceilings in one large-but-cozy dining room, all centered around an imported Argentine-style parilla -- a fancy South American grill that slow-roasts vittles over an array of toasting woods, which include mesquite, oak, olive, almond, and most likely Elin, because now that she's worth three quarters of a bill, she's white hot. Eats includes everyday classics (New York strip, lamb T-bone, veal chop), authentic Neapolitan pizzas, and Francis's Favorites -- a list of the director's grub-must-haves from around the world, including L'Ami Louis Gateau de Pommes (a potato cake tossed in goose fat and cooked to a crispy brown), Rack of Lamb Madame Bali (parilla-grilled lamb racks marinated in pomegranate juice and white onions for three days), and Mrs. Scorsese's Lemon Chicken, though all opinions that he's just buttering her up are Raging Bull. The resto's also got a full bar serving up FFC's go-to cocktail, the Navy Grog (three types of rum, fresh lime juice, grapefruit, soda, honey, bitters, and a crushed ice cone to sip out of), plus two tasting rooms where you can drink only-available-at-the-winery Francis Coppola Reserve label and his Director's Cut vinos, which include the Sonoma County Cinema, a cab blend with hints of raspberries, cherries, cloves, and cigar box, also the term for the kind of tail Red Auerbach got into.Also worth checking out is FFC's memorabilia room, which has cool stuff from all of his classics including the actual Godfather desk used by Don Corleone, who'll make you an offer you can't refuse (i.e. anything Gwyneth Paltrow can't eat).

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