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Bay Ridge native Joseph Gannascoli (pictured), who plays mafia soldier Vito Spatafore on HBO’s "The Sopranos," gave a reading from his new book, "A Meal to Die For" at A Novel Idea bookstore on March 30.

Fans of Gannascoli’s now-defunct Third Avenue restaurant, Soup As Art, will be pleased to know the enterprising author was also packing jars of "A Sauce to Die For," his new line of gravy.

His novel is the story of heavyset cook Benny Lacoco, who is preparing a meal in Bay Ridge for some old friends - one of whom is rumored to be eating his last meal. "A Meal to Die For" also includes informal recipes for the 10-course meals Lacoco prepares.

"A Meal to Die For" (Forge Books, $22.95), co-authored with Allen C. Kupfer, is available at A Novel Idea [8415 Third Ave., at 84th Street, in Bay Ridge, (718) 833-5115]. For more information about "A Sauce to Die For," visit www.joesoup.com.

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