Brad and Angelina's Big Date in Cannes – for 60 Guests

05/20/2009 AT 08:25 AM EDT

Brad Pitt took Angelina Jolie to celebrate with his friends at an intimate dinner – for 60.

On Tuesday, the power pair dined at the Michelangelo in Cap D'Antibes for the special meal on the eve of Pitt's big movie premiere at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

The stars and the crew of Inglourious Basterds – including director Quentin Tarantino, Diane Kruger (with boyfriend Joshua Jackson), Emile Hirsch and Daniel Bruhl – dined on pasta with crayfish, ravioli with truffles, spaghetti with clams, and round pasta with garlic sausage, washed down with Dom Perignon. Also in the restaurant: Twilight's Robert Pattinson.

The dinner date came soon after Jolie arrived from Holland, where she had observed a war crimes trial. On Wednesday, Pitt starred at a press conference at the Palais. Later in the day, he and Jolie are expected to walk to red-carpeted steps for the unveiling of his WWII, in which he plays an American soldier from rural Tennessee, as Pitt told Ann Curry in a Today show interview live from Cannes on Wednesday.

Staying Nearby

"The dinner was a private event for the entire cast of Quentin Tarantino's film," a member of the restaurant staff tells PEOPLE. "They all had a wonderful time. Angelina and Brad were lovely, the loveliest people I have ever met!"

The eatery is a familiar haunt for Pitt, who was seen there with pal George Clooney during promotion for their Ocean's movies. Pitt and Jolie are staying nearby, in a house on the grounds of the exclusive Hotel du Cap.

In his Today interview, Pitt – dressed by designer Tom Ford and sporting an ascot – talked about his Inglourious Basterds movie character (surprisingly heartless), his being named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People for his work building houses in New Orleans ("It's working down there," he said), and his life right now ("Still about discovery and finding new interests").

But he grew visibly skittish when asked about Jolie, though he did credit their children for his life being on track, because being at home with them, he said, is both satisfying and gratifying.

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