Frank Sinatra loved long, crowded dinners at Italian restaurants where he could woo his friends and acquaintances. He didn’t like to eat alone, and when he did, his meals were much less extravagant. According to his former housekeeper, the singer had very specific tastes when it came to his food. Also, he only liked one type of vegetable.
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Sinatra’s housekeeper, Joan Hanna, previously worked for celebrities including Tony Bennett, Aaron Spelling, Dudley Moore and Michael Keaton. She said that Sinatra surprised her the most because she seemed so normal.
“I expected to be greeted by a charismatic giant of entertainment,” she told the South China Morning Post in 1989. “Instead there was this little old baldhead with a bald head and a pot belly.”
He explained that he found his lifestyle confusing.
“It’s the strangest lifestyle I’ve ever known,” he said. “Maybe it’s all the years he’s been acting, but Frank is up all night, he doesn’t go to bed until five or six in the morning and he sleeps during the day.”
His reputation led Hanna to believe that he would be on top of boisterous parties and drunken nights. She was surprised when she didn’t.
“Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise to a 73-year-old man, but Sinatra lives like he’s 73,” he said. “Tame as it can only be.”
She said that he is very careful about the food he eats.
Hanna explained that Sinatra liked to eat many of the same foods. Every day when he woke up, he wanted three-inch thin pancakes. She explained that he likes his chicken “crispy all over and crispy on the outside.”
“He likes it so much that on concert tours he brings boxes of this dry, pre-cooked chicken wrapped in ice,” Hanna said.
He explained that Sinatra also likes to eat Italian rolls as snacks and sandwiches. He took the bread out of the center of the bun and filled it with tuna, egg, or cold cuts. If those meals are low in vegetables, that’s because they were. Sinatra reportedly only ate one type of vegetable.
“It’s certainly not a healthy diet,” Hanna said. “He doesn’t like fresh vegetables and only eats canned peas.”
Frank Sinatra preferred Italian cuisine
When it came to the foods Sinatra liked, nothing could beat Italian cuisine. Both of the singer’s parents were Italian immigrants and he grew up in the kitchen. When he visited New York City, he had a list of places he went to, one of his favorites was Patsy’s. At the Manhattan restaurant, he ordered off the menu and ordered breaded mashed beef with a side dish of spaghetti and red sauce.
Ultimately, though, Sinatra’s favorite part of dining out was the company.
“He grew up an only child and promised that when he grew up he would always have people around him,” radio host Mark Simone told the New York Post. “If he invites you to dinner, you would be honored. But the dinner was 27 people. You would be lucky if you were 14 spaces away from him.”
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