Dinner Rush (2000) is an enticing platter of great performances all around. Directed by Bob Giraldi, then known for having the same role in the music video to Michael Jackson’s Beat It, this sophomoric dip into feature-length filmmaking is a readily made, veteran effort. With great acting to boot, headlined by Danny Aiello, as an Italian restaurant owner, and Edoardo Ballerini, as his son, the head chef, Dinner Rush has all the right people working for it. The plot, meanwhile, is just as magnificent. Mixing the restaurant business with mafia dealings, Aiello’s character has a full plate on his hands. However, the mafia isn’t as nice as the food coming out from the kitchen would have you believe. They want a bigger slice of the pie, which seems like the typical mobster mentality. Dinner Rush, though, is dealing with a packed house of hungry New Yorkers for their evening meal, leaving little screen time for the bad guys. The restaurant is fully staffed, but they have some high class guests to please, including an art connoisseur, played by Mark Margolis, and a food critic, played by comedian, Sandra Bernhard. We, like the staff, do our fair share of people watching, but the food holds just as much of our attention. If you don’t hear your stomach growling during the showing, then you must’ve just eaten, because Dinner Rush is full of appetizing entrees. As we follow the various waiters/waitresses, chefs, and bartenders around the joint, we’re able to take in a full night on the job, which offers a realistic foray into the restauranteering game for those unfamiliar with it. However, as interesting as it is for us, the audience, it doesn’t hold the same weight for Aiello, who has the mafia guys breathing down his neck. They even find a way to disrupt the flow of the night, which Aiello isn’t too pleased about. By the time dessert comes around, the plot is only sweetened. The night is still young, but time isn’t on everyone’s side. With its mix of fine dining and dirty deeds, Dinner Rush will come as an unfamiliar treat to everyone who sees it. So, take the first bite, and be overwhelmed by the multitude of flavors thrown your way.