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Did You Know? The secret behind Big Night.

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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

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