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The Italian Restaurant

A non-traditional couple and their waiter coworkers, face the ups & downs of the service industry, during a year and half of their lives, while working for a large restaurant chain.

Harry and Suzanne are part of an ensemble cast of servers from a fictional Italian restaurant chain called 'The Italian Restaurant'. Their story travels through a year and half in the lives of working in the service industry.

After a promotional commercial is shot in their restaurant, factors and life events start changing all of their lives.

Harry and Suzanne try to handle their relationship while dealing with the everyday ups and downs of 'serving', pressures of life decisions, and a big age difference.

Harry a 42 year old full time server, has been stuck in this 'Black Hole of Human Potential' for many year, ignoring his Public Relations Degree. Harry has gotten used to the fast paced & free willed life style, for which the Service Industry brings.

Suzanne is a 23 year old college student on the verge of making a decision about Graduate School. She is surprised by the feelings and impact, that her relationship has had on her.

Harry and Suzanne have a very tight group of friends, who they also work with.

A major corporate executive.. Slogan Namemaker, takes a liking to Harry and takes him under his wing. Unfortunately, Slogan brings 'scandal' to the company, and has to step down.

While lives intertwine and become more complicated, the characters must adapt to the new changes.

The Italian Restaurant examines life as a waiter from a realistic point of view. Sometimes it's hilarious, sometimes frustrating. But, at the core of it... it's an unappreciated job.

(c) 2015 - Jim Catizone

The Italian Restaurant

  • Jim Catizone
    'Scare the Girls' (adaptedscreenplay), 'Rev On the Red Line' (screenplay)
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  • Industry Boost Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 24, 2016
  • Industry BOOST Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    April 26, 2017
Writer Biography - Jim Catizone

I grew up in a small Pennsylvania town. I am one of six children born into a large Italian family. The fun fact about my youth is that I grew up in Centralia, PA. A town that is famous for a mine fire that burned under the town for almost 50 years.

As I grew up, most of my work experience was restaurant, retail and sales oriented. My family were always involved in the restaurant business and I continue to work in that industry today.

Between 2003-2005 I decided to attend college for Broadcast Communications and Journalism Communications. I obtained two Associates Degrees in both Majors. The local job scene for both of these degrees in the Scranton, PA area, was not lucrative. I continued to work in the service industry, due to the influx of good money which that business brings.

I've always had an interest in movies/film. I quickly learned that, that said influence was steering me toward wanting to write. I started to write a screenplay based upon the restaurant industry. My focus was to try to depict what it was really like to work as a server in the industry. This led to my first original and feature length screenplay.. 'The Italian Restaurant'. I spent many years developing and writing 'The Italian Restaurant'. Over the past few years, I've taken that script through many changes.

Although, I still work full time in the service industry, my hobby/passion is writing. Since the beginning, I've now written six original feature screenplays and adapted one.

I'm developing my IMDB page to help get myself out there. In an industry that is saturated with thousands of screenwriters, we need all the help and exposure that we can get.

I currently live in the Scranton, Pennsylvania area. I work full time for a Philadelphia based company called 'Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar'. I really enjoy my job and really believe in my company. However; I secretly look forward to the day when writing could be a full time gig for me.

My name is James Catizone you can reach me at

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