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Little Italy (2018)

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A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance, amidst a war between their families' competing pizza restaurants.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... Leo Campo
Emma Roberts ... Nikki Angioli
Danny Aiello ... Carlo Campo (as Daniel Aiello)
Andrea Martin ... Franca Angioli
Adam Ferrara ... Sal Angioli
Gary Basaraba ... Vince Campo
Alyssa Milano ... Dora Angioli
Linda Kash ... Amalia Campo
Vas Saranga ... Jogi
Amrit Kaur ... Jessie
Jane Seymour ... Corinne
Andrew Phung ... Luigi
Ava Preston ... Young Nikki
Nicky Cappella ... Young Leo
Cristina Rosato ... Gina (as Christina Rosato)


A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance, amidst a war between their families' competing pizza restaurants.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

pizza | pizza restaurant | See All (2) »


Three generations. Two families. One forbidden love.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA


English | Italian

Release Date:

21 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Italy See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$990,230, 8 November 2018
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After the poster was released online, it was mocked on social media for appearing to advertise an unusually bland movie. It also led to Star Wars Prequel memes, as actor Hayden Christensen played Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are some bloopers shown during the first part of the credits. See more »


References The Bachelor (2002) See more »


Brazilian Run
Composed by Manuel Dante Mathieu Faivre, Miguel Saboga (as Miguel Vladimir Saboga), Yvo Abadi
Published by Kosinus APM (ASCAP)
Courtesy of APM Music
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My boyfriend described it as "the Olive Garden commercial of romcoms"
20 February 2019 | by peafellingfordSee all my reviews

Here's the thing. By all standards this movie is terrible and you shouldn't watch it. When my boyfriend found out this was supposed to take place in Toronto's Little Italy, which is absolutely nothing like what is depicted in this movie and definitely does not have a ferris wheel, we knew this would be exactly the kind of hot garbage we like to hate-watch together. And hate-watch it we did.

I would guess that the writers had done no research beyond reading about Italian people on Wikipedia. The characters eat nothing but pizza the entire movie. They drink nothing but espresso the entire movie. They drop everything for impromptu soccer matches, grow basil on their roofs, and have cans of tomatoes literally everywhere. At one point somebody says "You can take the girl out of Little Italy, but you can't take Little Italy out of the girl," and that's both the best and worst line in the entire movie.

This is one of those films that's hard to review. I give it 5 stars not because of its quality, but because it's interesting and it provided entertainment. I loved making fun of this movie. Sometimes I can't sleep without white noise, and the last few nights my white noise of choice was this movie, and I had the most peaceful rest ever. I've felt compelled to rewatch it simply because it exists in an uncanny valley that is neither so-bad-its-good nor so-good-its-good. I give it five stars because that's what it deserves.

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