The Eater: A smattering of friends and family of restaurateurs Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), owners of a failing Italian restaurant, who are hoping to make a giant rebound.

The Food: A showcase Italian meal of many, many courses, culminating in the infamous timpano, a giant enclosed dome filled with pasta, meatballs, prosciutto, various cheeses, salami, and hard-boiled eggs.

The Hitch: The feast is intended for jazz legend Louis Prima, who is supposedly coming to dinner in order to change the fortunes of the restaurant, only things don't turn out the way they were meant to.

The End Result: The visit turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by one of the restaurant's rival owners. The boys yell at each other a good deal, threaten to leave, then, in the aftermath, silently enjoy an omelet together.