Monday, 28 November 2011

Kitchen Nightmares - Luigi's D' Italia - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Luigi's D'Italia

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Luigi's D' Italia, Anaheim, California where Luigi opened the restaurant with the help of his father,his father retired to Italy and brother Tony stepped in to help. They argue frequently and Luigi's wife Grace joins in too. The restaurant is in $1.5 million of debt and can only survive another month. Gordon is curious on arriving as he believes the chef to be just 22 but the bio was written nearly 30 years ago as Luigi is 51! Gordon is pleased to be in another family run restaurant and Luigi introduces the family who soon break out into another argument.

Gordon sits down to sample the food and is greeted by a large menu, he isn't impressed by the 80's decor either, he orders the five cheese ravioli, the mahi mahi fish special and linguine pescatore. He is not impressed by the food and tells Luigi that he has been cooking the same food for too long. Gordon arrives to witness a dinner service. The food is sent back to the kitchen, Luigi walks out and Tony goes after him to talk him into coming back. The next day Gordon sits the family down to watch a team meeting, they are not happy with the quality control, tension and at Grace for starting arguments, Grace cries and threatens to quit. 

Gordon takes the family into the kitchen for a cooking lesson, together they make sausages and it is clear that Luigi is starting to getting his passion back. Gordon shows them a message from their father encouraging them to work together and they vow to work together. Over night, the restaurant is given a makeover and the menu is changed, they sample the dishes and are happy with them. 

On relaunch night, the dining room is packed. The food leaves the kitchen quickly and the diners are happy with the food. At one point the communication breaks down and the food comes to a standstill but Gordon talks to them both to get them working together and the evening gets back on track leading to a successful relaunch. 


What Happened Next?


Over the next few weeks, Luigi's receives a great review from the local OC newspaper and is regaining it's good reputation in the neighbourhood. Luigi's is still open and Luigi reports that business is up 40% since the show aired. Yelp reviews are mixed whereas Trip Advisor reviews are mostly good.

25 comments:

  1. Luigi's wife is bipolar with borderline personality and a level of maturity that is below my cat's.

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    1. You are probably right. Her behaviour hasn't changed since the show. We went to eat there during a trip to Disneyland and whilst our food wasn't bad, it was certainly nothing to write home about. Standard Italian, but most of the restaurants within walking distance of Disney are not great, clearly surviving due to tourism. Grace the flake had a meltdown, but she had the good manners to do it away from the customers. No idea what it was about. We only saw her very briefly. My recommendation is a bit of a paradox. Do I think that it's worth trying. Yes, if you are a tourist because their food is better than most close to Disney. Once we left the Disney area, the food improved dramatically. I guess that MouseMagic doesn't affect the nearby food.

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  2. I would seriously go just for the entertainment factor - that being Luigi's wife...

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  3. Seriously no one wants to be yelled at by the staff. Why didn't Gordon acknowledge this? All she was saying was 'Lies, Lies, Lies" they had it on bloody video!

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    1. Chef Ramsey seems to shy away from confrontation when it actually might be harmful to the person's well-being. She was so distraught when confronted, there was little to be gained by rubbing her nose in the proof. She may have been saying it was all lies, but she knows the truth.

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    2. She looks like she has a serious personality disorder and, as someone who suffers from that, I am glad Gordon didn't push her. She needs professional help and medication, not being pushed further down. Her behavior was not that of a normal person and I think he caught up with that really quickly.

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    3. You guys are acting like you have never met an Italian women before, girls in general are over dramatic, and if there italian they wave there hands a lot and are a lil more demonstrative. If you need to get through to her in one of these moments you just yell louder than her and you will get through to her. She is in no way a threat to other people or herself she just gets very excited, you guys are painting her as a basket case.

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    4. I think you may be a bit too dismissive of her mood. I had dated a bipolar borderline lady for many years, the break downs and sudden mood swings almost perfectly mirror my ex in a way that gave me flash backs.

      Pushing these people further doesn't help them, you need to calm them down to help them regain control.

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  4. His wife was/is legit bat shit crazy. That type of behavior isn't acceptable in a business, especially one that deals with the public.

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  5. With that debt I'd probably be a basketcase myself. It's the other couple who baffled me, you'd think it had nothing to do with them.

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  6. What happened to the episode? It seems they have had it removed from the US viewing (not on Netflix, Hulu, or Fox.com anymore)?

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    1. It's on Hulu currently as of today (April 18th).

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    2. It is on BBC America right now. ��

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    3. As of 6:30am CDT on May, 8 2015, it is airing on BBC America as I post this.

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    4. I am currently watching this on Netflix, it's been back on for a while though.

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  7. Tony seemed like a pretty decent guy up until the point where he felt the need to insult Gordon Ramsay for being English. Shows the level of tolerance that guy has. I can guarantee he wouldn't appreciate being called a lazy, garlic eating wop bastard.

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  8. Tony's comments were ignorant and inexcusable...but I think he only said them to create a united front with Luigi vs. Gordon as a common enemy. Obviously he could have done so without being a silly bigot.

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  9. Calling Ramsay English is a complement. He's Scottish.

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  10. Calling Ramsay English is an insult. He's Scottish.

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    1. He's dual nationality, born in Scotland, raised in England.

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  11. It's'e me Mario

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  12. I am glad they are still open. :)

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  13. Watching this episode on Netflix right now and the wife is terrifying. What the hell is wrong with her? Telling her own kids "F*ck you?" what mother says that? I'm amazed they're still open.

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  14. I have eaten at this restaurant quite a few times. I really enjoy the food.

    Luigi is a great guy. The first time we went he seated us and took our order personally. He is friendly and very easy to talk to.

    His brother Tony is totally cool too. Very very friendly and always smiling.

    However, Luigi's wife is very strange. Out of the many times my family and I have been there she was friendly to us once. For the most part she looks mad. I am always afraid to ask her for more water or an extra napkin.

    Like I mentioned before the food is good so we do not let Luigi's wife keep us from returning. If she is there we just say oh well...let's eat!!

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