In the restaurant industry, twelve successful years in business is certainly something to celebrate. Well, SOHO is doing just that. In celebration of its twelfth anniversary, SOHO is hosting a family-style neighborhood dinner party on Tuesday, October 27, featuring the menu from the great 1996 foodie movie, Big Night.

In the movie, a witty drama from Stanley Tucci, a pair of brothers debate integrity versus compromise as they try to succeed in the restaurant business.  Primo and Secondo have journeyed from Italy to New Jersey in the mid-1950s, but their food is a bit too authentic. Begging for advice, Secondo goes to his competitor, who offers to help by arranging for the famous Italian-American entertainer, Louis Prima, to dine at The Paradise. The hope is that Prima and the accompanying press will fall in love with the authentic food and sing the praises of the restaurant. 

The brothers plunge themselves into preparations for this "big night" and invite dozens of friends to attend the magnificent feast.  As they wait for Prima and his entourage to arrive, the crowd indulges in the exquisite food and plenty of wine. The guests ultimately partake in a fabulous celebration, one that includes the star of the movie, il Timpano, a recipe actually brought to America by Tucci’s grandmother from Calabria, Italy. (You can watch the movie's trailer here).

Inspired by Big Night, Chef Joe has prepared the following menu for the October 27 celebration:


La Zuppa: Pasta en Brodo

Il Primi: Three color risotto

Il Primi: il Timpano

Secondi: Roasted chicken, roasted fish, grilled calamari, suckling pig, grilled and roasted vegetables

Dolci: Cantucci (drinks & cookies)


Ready to join us for this big night? Guests are invited to attend a welcome reception with antipasto bar at 6:30pm and enjoy the four-course prix fixe dinner starting at 7:30pm. The celebration will also feature the movie soundtrack and the music of Louis Prima. The price for food and wine is $65 per person. Guests will also have a chance to win door prizes in a complimentary raffle. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended.


I hope you’ll join us for our anniversary party!