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A ‘Big Night’ in downtown Ridgeway

By. S.L. Harper/ Special to the Fort Erie Observer

The old standard dinner and a movie date night were taken up a few notches this past weekend in the little village of Ridgeway. The Ridge Film House and 335 on the Ridge Restaurant, both located on Ridge Road, collaborated on an evening that will not be forgotten any time soon.

The Ridge Film House and 335 on the Ridge Restaurant teamed up to host a movie and date night. Guests watched a screening of ‘Big Night’ at the film house and walked across the street to the restaurant for a five-course authentic Italian dinner.
Submitted Photo/Special to the Fort Erie Observer

It all began with the film house’s two theatres filled to near capacity to enjoy the 1996 critically acclaimed film Big Night.  In the film, two brothers from Italy migrate to the Jersey Shore and open the Paradise, an authentic Italian restaurant.  Their dreams are slowly crushed as Chef Primo’s magnificent meals are being met with resistance as most of the locals are expecting spaghetti and meatballs.

They end up using their last remaining resources to produce an important meal for a celebrity bandleader who is set to play at the Paradise.

After this entertaining movie, the whole group of 70-plus guests simply walked across the street to 335 on the Ridge where a spectacular five-course authentic Italian meal extravaganza was served just like in Big Night.

Each course was more enticing than the next.  The most interesting dish serve was Timpano. Inside hand rolled pasta sheets that are draped inside a large bowl there is added dry pasta, delectable sausage, hardboiled eggs and savoury sauce.  The filled bowl is then topped with another sheet of pasta and baked.  The result is a fantastic tasting slice of heaven for anyone lucky enough to partake in this little-known delicacy.

The other four courses were a treat for the taste buds as well; seafood risotto, stuffed porchetta with polenta, sourdough bruschetta and for dessert a deconstructed tiramisu that left one breathless.

The scene from the front window on Ridge Road was of dinner guests gathered around long tables filled with plates, wine bottles and laughter savouring every part of the evening.  This was what made it a ‘Big Night’ in Ridgeway.