College Professor, Terence, is desperately seeking financial backing for a play he has written about murder. His play is written from an intellectual, existential and philosophical point of view. Terence visits a former student, a romatic interest of his, Angie, at her family's New England Italian restaurant which she manges. He believes her family may have some wealth and hopes that they can financially support his play. LIttle does he know that Angie's father, Lou, and his ever-present "family" of "associates" are, in fact, mafia gangsters. While the "family" becomes intrigued with the idea of producing a play about a subject they may know far too well for Terence's comfort, Terence begins to realize he may be in far too deep for either his health or his heart. Murderous menace and pasta are served with plenty of laughter in this romantic comedy.