| September 17, 2013

Inspired by real chefs, this funny and heartwarming dramedy set in the exciting San Francisco culinary scene follows Sal Sartini, a workaholic chef intent on making his new restaurant a critical and commercial success. As Sal navigates his family and work life, his estranged son Vince returns for a visit and reluctantly agrees to help out in the restaurant. Determined not to repeat the mistakes he made years before, Sal must learn to rekindle his passion for cooking and love, and repair the bond he has with his son before he risks losing everything again. Directed by Jason Wolos, Trattoria is a delicious film that finally bonds a family together and sets them on the right track in the end.

Chefs from Drafonfly, Wolfdales, Des Jardines, Moodys and other fine eating establishments chime in with viewpoints about the stresses that a chef encounters while trying to fill the bill each night, feeding dinner guest after dinner guest and the occasional food critic. It is one such instance that has Sal freaked out and requiring medical attention, after he suffers an anxiety attack when a renowned food critic visits his restaurant. Afterward, Sal doesn’t get the restaurant rating for his new restaurant  Cinquecento that he thinks he deserves and he obsesses continuously. He is so crazed that his fragile relationship with Vince has become more strained. He tries to bring Vince under his wing, but Sal is such a control freak that this endeavor ends poorly. At one point, he has Vince washing dishes and cleaning the women’s toilet, when all he wants to do is cook.

Other guest chefs in the film aren’t shown cooking but offer tidbits of information that they have used throughout the years to stay sane and to, in fact, remain in business. Many had a common thread–that of family and especially their grandmothers. It is this thread also that Vince reaches back to in order to run a successful food mart business selling Calzones, which he learned about from his grandmother. After some resistance and a renewed threat of Vince leaving California to return to his home with his mother on the East Coast, Sal sees the error of his ways and relents, allowing Vince to join the cook staff and promising him that he will patiently train him, as well.

In Trattoria, it is mentioned that food, wine and cooking connect people, and it is all about the people. The lesson to be learned in this new movie is that food and people both matter, and Sal, Vince, Cecilia, Vince’s wife, and Anna, the waitress, all join together to make it one delectable lesson. Trattoria will have you salivating for a fine meal and rooting for the characters portrayed in this new film from FilmBuff due out today.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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