Big Night is one of the great food movies, and yet it is so much more. It is about food not as a subject but as a language -- the language by which one can speak to gods, can create, can seduce, can aspire to perfection. There is a moment in the movie when a timpano is sliced open, and the audience sighs with simple delight.
The movie exists in the real world, where you can go broke selling great food. It tells the story of two brothers, recent immigrants to America, who run a restaurant named Paradise. The older brother, named Primo (Tony Shalhoub), is a genius as a chef. The younger brother, names Secondo (Stanley Tucci), knows it.- Roger Ebert, 1942-2013.
We at Chowbacca! will miss his wit, humor, humility, generosity and warmth not only as a writer but as an outstanding human being.