A discussion about food in movies got to me. I was going to the San Diego area and someone mentioned a restaurant there that made Timpano that was in the movie the Big Night.
First, I rented the movie since I never saw it before. Kind of depressing, but I would have loved to eaten that food.
Then I dragged a friend on a 45 minute drive to the restaurant (after I was on I-5 for more than 8 hours earlier that day).
Ok, reviews on this board from posters in the area were'nt enthusiastic. You were right. However, I did enjoy the Timpano, if nothing else.
You would swear this place was a chain. Limited and boring wine selection. The garlic bread was pathetic. Wonder bread goes Italian with a little butter brushed on. Where's the garlic?
The salad was little more than iceberg, a few pale tomatoes, bottled tasting dressing and if there was anything else, I forgot.
The friend and I decided to split a tiramisu for dessert. It was inedible. We both took one bite and gave up.
The pasta was ok though. She had the Spinach and Cheese ravioli with pesto sauce and gave me one to sample. Very nice pesto sauce.
I enjoyed the timpano. The link below describes it better than I could. Given the mediocrity of this restaurant, I'll bet there are better versions elsewhere.
Primo would not have approved.