Loretta Castorini (Cher), a 37-year-old widow who still lives at home, falls in love with her timid fiance's (Danny Aiello) estranged brother, Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage), a hot-headed and passionate baker with a love of opera and life. Loretta's mother, Rose (Olympia Dukakis), is a sharp-minded matron trying to understand why men -- her husband in particular -- chase women. And Loretta's wealthy plumber father, Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia), searches for solace from the heartache of growing old. These perplexing problems come to involve the entire family. And each will contribute to their resolution -- a process that begins, quite unexpectedly, when their loyalties and their secrets suddenly collide over breakfast in the kitchen of their Brooklyn brownstone.