In Ted Allbeury's Dangerous Arrivals, tough man Max is having a meal with notorious criminal Gianni.
He clanged the silver lids off two dishes and the steam came up. There were gnolotti, pasta stuffed with meat - a sort of rich man's ravioli. There was a small bowl of those roasted chestnuts that Italians call castagne. The second dish was filet all' Tartara, a wonderful mixture of ground filet of beef, raw, mixed with raw egg, chopped onions and parsley. The sort of things they shovel into world class heavyweights the night before the fight. We finished up with spumoni, a frozen dessert shaped like a heart with candied fruit.
Gianni was pouring out coffee when there was a knock at the door. He shouted, 'Si venga.'