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.