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Did You Know? The secret behind Big Night.

June 2012

Food lovers revere the iconic 1996 film Big Night, in which Italian brothers Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) cook a final feast in hopes of saving their dying restaurant. Although the story is fictitious, there’s a real-life local connection: Boulder chef (and Italy native) Fabio Flagiello taught Shalhoub how to play the part. “I worked with Tony and basically trained him how to look like a chef,” Flagiello says. “I taught him to chop, to sauté, how to tie an apron—all the movements that a chef embodies.” You’ll find Flagiello (and all of his moves) at PastaVino, the Italian restaurant he opened in April. 1043 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-955-8791, pastavino.com