BIG dinner offers overstuffed pasta dish that weighs a ton (really) — and that’s just 1 course

This over-the-top dish features pasta, meats, cheeses and more all stuffed inside bread. Yes, you read that correctly.

One of my favorite nights dining out last year was in celebration of the 1996 Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub film, “Big Night.”

The Italian feast was and is the brainchild of Watermark Chef and owner Maria Walusis. The good news is she’s bringing it back due to popular demand, so you, too, can have your world rocked like I did by this very special meal.

The bad news is there’s popular demand.

The special “Big Night”-inspired dinner happening on Tuesday, May 8, is $79 per person and features five terrific courses paired with Italian wines.

The centerpiece to the meal is an epic baked Timpano. The showy, wonderfully complicated overstuffed pasta dish weighs a ton, takes days to prepare and is as impressive to behold as it is to delight in. Stuffed with salami, meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, pasta, provolone and Romano cheese and zingy homemade sauce, it is enveloped in dough and baked in a bowl. What emerges is an humble looking dish that doesn’t even begin to hint at the magic that lies inside.

The meal is paired with a selection of Italian wines from Allied Wines whose representatives will be on hand to talk about each of the pairings and selections.

Like the film, which many celebrity chefs call a cultural milestone, the evening is an all-night feast. In the film not all goes as planned, but in Walusis’ capable hands, this meal is sure to.

Here’s the menu:


Charcuterie platter featuring warm olives, grilled vegetables, cured meats and red pepper pipperáde paired with Caluso – Erbaluce Fiordighiaccio.


Tender asparagus tossed in a risotto with fresh Parmesan paired with Vignamato – Versiano Verdicchio.


The Timpano showstopper — an indescribably delicious pasta crust overstuffed with “the most important things in the world” paired with Sapaio – Volpolo Bolgheri, a blend of 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot & Petit Verdot that is aged in French oak.

Formaggi e Frutta

Tallegio with fig jam and walnuts served with crisps paired with Tenuta Giustini – QVID Primitivo.


An almond cake dusted with powdered sugar, toasted almonds, a schmear of chocolate budino and candied orange peel.


Limoncello or Sambuca

If it’s not clear, this is a complete food experience. It’s a meal from last year that my thoughts sometimes go back to remembering just how deliciously spectacular it was. The Timpano, especially, was unlike anything I’d ever had. My dining companions and I could not stop talking about how wonderful our big night was.

For this event, the restaurant is taking reservations by phone only. Due to high demand for seating, Watermark will be requiring a credit card hold for reservations. They are expecting a sellout, so call today to get your seats if this sounds of interest.



What: Watermark's Big Night five-course dinner menu with wine pairings

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8

Where: 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg

Cost: $79 per person

About the Author