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June 12, 2010

La dolce meal deal

Sotto SopraFellini's "Roma" opened today at The Charles Theatre and food lovers have reason to take note.

Your "Roma" ticket stub will get you a deal at Sotto Sopra through Friday.

"Bring in your movie ticket stub from Fellini's Roma from Saturday June 12th through Friday, June 18th and get a FREE entrée or pasta with the purchase of another entrée or pasta," says the promotion.

You can find out more about Sotto's Sopra's menu online.

And here's what I can tell you about the the movie, which was made in 1972. Directed by Federico Fellini, it stars Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Britta Barnes and Pia De Doses. It's in Italian, English and French with English subtitles.

"Rome exerted a powerful influence over Fellini throughout his life but rarely did he express his love for it more clearly than here," says the summary Sotto Sopra e-mailed along with the dinner promotion. "Mixing documentary-style reportage, self-contained dramatic set-pieces and strange, impressionistic sequences, 'Roma' explores the director's youth, the process of film-making and the mysterious allure of The Eternal City itself.

"Essentially a series of loosely-connected vignettes, the first section of the film sees the young Fellini (Gonzales) arriving in Rome in the 1920s. Thereafter the focus moves to a wartime variety show at the Barafonda Theatre. We visit a brothel, witness Fellini fall in love with a prostitute and listen to the American writer Gore Vidal's bleak assessment of the city's future. Binding these threads together is a team of documentary filmmakers shooting in 1972, when traffic chokes the ancient streets and hippies gather to get stoned on the steps of the Basilica."

Sound like something you could sit through, even without the promise of free food?


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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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