The tale of the ‘Big Night’ timpano

Back in 1996, I watched and loved the acclaimed Campbell Scott/Stanley Tucci movie “Big Night,” about a¬†pivotal¬†evening in the life of an Italian restaurant.

The dish the whole night hinged on was called “timpano,” and it was a layered, dramatic, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink creation that wowed the restaurant’s guests.

I’ve wanted to eat timpano ever since, and 16 years later, I have. In honor of my colleague/friend Katie Lohrenz’s departure from the Eagle, I made the “Big Night” timpano using this recipe from the New York Times. It was fun, and it was good.

Please compare and contrast our two scenes: