R | | Drama, Romance
New Jersey, 1950s. Two brothers run an Italian restaurant. Business is not going well as a rival Italian restaurant is out-competing them. In a final effort to save the restaurant, the brothers plan to put on an evening of incredible food.
Primo, Tony Shalhoub's name in this movie, translates as "First". Secondo, Stanley Tucci's character, translates as "Second". This relates to their birth order in this movie. It is briefly referenced in the Cadillac scene, when Secondo meets Bob the car salesman (Campbell Scott). (Additionally, Shalhoub's character in The Impostors (1998) was named Voltri, "First Mate", a possible reference to Primo.)
Primo: More Salt?
Primo: Not too fine, eh? Sometimes you cut it too fine, then all you taste is the garlic!
In the final scene of the "big night" dinner the wine bottles across the table and in the kitchen with Secondo all have the trademark pink DOCG label on the bottle stem. The DOCG pink label was released in Italy only in the 1990s; the movie is set in the 1950s.
$185,749 22 September 1996
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