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The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (2015)

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A Manhattan restaurateur makes the bold decision to boost his struggling eatery's business by putting up the iconic zebra wallpaper made world-famous by the recently shuttered Upper East ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Sparaga

Writer:

Michael Sparaga
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dale Anderson Dale Anderson ... Herself
Doug Anderson Doug Anderson ... Himself
Michael C. Barelin Michael C. Barelin ... Himself
Bruno Blazino Bruno Blazino ... Himself
Bartle Bull Bartle Bull ... Himself
Nicole Cota Nicole Cota ... Herself
Charles Devigne Charles Devigne ... Himself
Salvatore Doria Salvatore Doria ... Himself
Daniel Glass Daniel Glass ... Himself
Gael Greene ... Herself
Liz Gumbinner Liz Gumbinner ... Herself
Paul Gumbinner Paul Gumbinner ... Himself
Steve Haweeli Steve Haweeli ... Himself
Kenneth Johnson Kenneth Johnson ... Himself
Jerry Kretchmer Jerry Kretchmer ... Himself
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A Manhattan restaurateur makes the bold decision to boost his struggling eatery's business by putting up the iconic zebra wallpaper made world-famous by the recently shuttered Upper East Side institution, Gino's. His choice sparks controversy when Gino's previous owners, staff and loyal regulars, still hurting over Gino's closing, catch wind of his intentions.

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Documentary

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Canada | USA

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English

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15 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Victory Man Productions See more »
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At a Q&A after a screening in Toronto, director Michael Sparaga mentioned the now-retired Gino's wait staff were so dedicated to their job, they'd never even seen a movie before in their lives. When shown a trailer of the film, they assumed it was the final product. See more »

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If you love Italian food and have a favorite restaurant, watch this.
27 March 2017 | by tarzwelSee all my reviews

Sparaga cooks up a tasty, compelling portrait of one man's attempt to create an "institution" among the highly competitive field of New York restaurants. In a city where dining traditions reach back as long as two centuries, Charles Devigne strives to both pay homage to the beloved Gino's and make Pescatore a home for lovers of Italian food, old and new. Devigne is a fascinating character -- an artist in more than one sense of the word -- and he gambles big in this story. Sparaga's skillful interviewing evokes passion and laughter from his subjects, and he weaves a strong story arc which has us rooting -- and worried -- for Devigne and his plans. The ending was both surprising and oddly satisfying.


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