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Restaurant Staff Comes to TomKat's Rescue

9/11/2006 4:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tom Cruise's dinner date with baby mama Katie Holmes had all the elements of a big screen action film -- romance, thrills and even a dramatic escape.

After the paparazzi spotted the couple quietly dining at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica Saturday night, chaos quickly ensued. The photogs were locked and loaded outside the restaurant waiting for the famous couple to exit, when an army of restaurant employees came to the rescue by holding up their aprons and obstructing the cameras as best they could.

Even Giorgio Baldi himself stepped in, jumping in front of the lenses of the lingering photographers.

Guess Tom left one heck of a tip!

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