Director: Bob Giraldi

99 minutes, U.S.A., 2000, Colour, DVD

Our monthly gastronomic feature followed by a meal in the IFI Café Bar.

Lauded by Leonard Maltin in his list of 151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, Dinner Rush is a little known tour de force from director and restaurateur Bob Giraldi. Set predominantly in a buzzing Tribeca trattoria – much in demand since head chef Udo “King” Cropa made the transition from traditional Italian fare to innovative, more elaborate cuisine – the film effortlessly shifts its focus from frenzied staff to exacting customers.

Handling proceedings is a superb Danny Aiello as restaurant owner and bookmaker Louis Cropa, sole critic of his son Udo’s inventive recipes, who faces bigger problems, not least in the form of two mafia thugs who turn up unexpectedly and threaten to disturb the peace. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

This screening includes the short film Sausage Stew by Aoife McElwain and Mark Duggan of www.forkful.tv

After the screening, join us in the IFI Cafe Bar for a delicious complementary dinner inspired by Dinner Rush. . .

Meatballs in a Rich Tomato Sauce on a Bed of Fresh Linguini Topped with Shaved Parmesan

Clams, Chilli and Black Pepper Tossed through Spaghetti with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Butternut Squash and Mascarpone Risotto Topped with Micro Herbs

Tickets €20

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