Disco Sauce: The Unbelievable True Story of Penne Alla Vodka.

Early Award Winner:
Bob Saget for Best Comedy 2023 TASTE AWARDS
MarCom Platinum Documentary Award
Viddy Platinum Documentary Award

About the Sauce ...
Penne Alla Vodka is America's dirty little secret. You can have it hungover from the diner, or for 40 bucks a plate at the finest restaurants. While it's secret origin might surprise you, it's sordid history will baffle you, which is why two best friends decided to deep dive into what's lovingly called "disco sauce" and discover it's secret powers that polarize the culinary world like no other dish.

Grilling celeb chefs, exploring NYC's best clandestine markets, having it analyzed by scientists, even sourcing illegal ingredients for this ridiculous dish is no match for these two cooking cousins who will, once and for all, put an end to the debate of what Penne Alla Vodka should be.

This is more then just a dish, it's a metaphor for society as a whole. Have we gone food crazy? Yes. Will we ever be satisfied? Never.

A film by Serrini

Film Featuring:
Chef JJ Johnson of James Beard award winning Fieldtrip
Chef Jae Lee of Nowon NYC
Chef Pasquale Cozzolino of Ribalta
Chef Jeremy Spector of Brindle Room
Chef Gaetano Arnone of Babbo
The Father of Molecular Gastronomy Herve This
Chemist Federic Meylan of the University of Lausanne
Atef Boulabbi "the spice queen" of SOS Chefs
Anthony Maranese head distiller of Kings Country Distillery
Peter Boggia owner of Moto Borgotaro

  • Roberto Serrini
    Moto Borgotaro, Unattended Baggage, Disco Sauce, All The Pretty Things, Earned, Travelclast
  • Roberto Serrini
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    documentary, comedy, food, cooking, recipe, italian, culinary, short, independent
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital BMCC 6K
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Taste Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Bob Saget Award for Best Comedy
  • MarCom Awards

    Platinum MarCom Award for Best Documentary
  • Viddy Awards

    Platinum Viddy Award for Best Documentary
Director Biography - Roberto Serrini

Filmmaker and Travel Documentarian Roberto Serrini has always been looking for delicious stories to share. Winner of multiple festival honors and awards including Four Taste Awards, a Gold Cube, and Silver Pencil, his films about food and travel have an overwhelming desire to surprise and delight leaving audiences always hungry for a bit more.

Awards and Considerations:
MoMA Permanent Collection
Multiple Vimeo Staff Picks
SHOOT Top 30 New Director Showcase
Le Book Advertising Showcase
Three time recipient International Taste Awards
Creator of One Man One Camera
Creator of the Vintage Camera Quest
Creator of the YouTube Channel TravelClast
Creator of award winning series Make Me a Sandwich
Staff Travel Journalist for Get Lost Travel Magazine

Film Festival Awards:
Two ADC Golden Cube recipient
One Show Silver Pencil recipient
New York Independent FF winner
Brooklyn International FF winner
Toronto International FF nominee
Portland International FF winner
Hollyshorts FF winner
Jalopnik FF nominee
St. Louis FF nominee
Aesthetica UK FF nominee
New Haven FF winner
Austin FF nominee
Rome Mototematica FF nominee
Cannes Short FF winner
Nice International FF winner

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Director Statement

I've always been passionate about making amazing, fun content about the things we unknowingly love. Dedicating a life to travel and documentary, I've had the honor to tell dozens of unique and beautiful stories through my lens. I truly love handcrafting these films, producing, shooting, and editing them on my own terms, so that a unique perspective can always ring true. This, the latest of of my absurd work, will hopefully leave you full, but craving just a bite more.