Big Night

USA | 1996 | 109 min | R

Controversial food opinion: everybody always swoons over the timpano presented in this film, but the simple meal of eggs and toast is far more prophetic, romantic, and indicative of restaurant life than the timpano. And in case you are not familiar with timpano, it is a drum-shaped, pasta dish that combines noodles, salami, sauce, and cheese inside a crust–the recipe for the film comes from director and actor, Stanley Tucci’s, mother.


BIG NIGHT is the story of two brothers, Primo and Secondo (yes, first and second), who emigrate to the United States from Italy in the 1950’s and open a restaurant: the Paradise. Primo, played by Tony Shalhoub, is the chef, while his brother (played by Stanley Tucci) runs the front-of-house. At a time when Italian food is hot, but still unfamiliar beyond spaghetti and meatballs, the Paradise attempts to drum up business for its cultural cuisine, but continues to fail in the process.

The owner of the rival, Italian restaurant–whose business is flourishing because he “sells out” to his customers’ palate–promises the brothers that he will get the famous jazz musician, Louis Prima, to dine at the Paradise if they throw an epic meal for him. To which the brothers set about planning their big night. – CORA JAMES


Director: Campbell Scott & Stanley Tucci
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Marc Anthony, Minnie Driver



About The Restaurant
Alimentari Italian Grocery is an Italian, restaurant, grab-n-go, and grocery located in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood, and born out of a shared passion for Italian cuisine by its owners, Christopher and Sarah Terpstra.

Presentation: 35 mm


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