Friday, 7 July 2017

Kitchen Nightmares - Chiarella's Ristorante - CLOSED

Chiarella's Ristorante Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Chiarella's, Philadelphia, PA, owned by Tommy and Dina DeFino who believed they could be as successful as Dina's parents. The staff say whenever there is a problem Tommy disappears into the basement. The owners tell him the food is great and the problem is the lack of customers. He finds out Dina is only there a few days a week and that Tommy thinks he has let down his wife. Gordon discovers that the menu, theme and decor is the same as Dina's parents restaurant. He orders steak and veal, the steak is raw and the veal dreadful.


Gordon witnesses a dinner service and discovers that there is no one expediting in the kitchen and the food makes it own way out. Most of the dishes are sent back and Tommy hides from the staff, retreating to his basement workout room when asked to help them. The next morning Gordon talks to Dina at home and she denies there is a problem with the food, at which points Gordon threatens to leave. She admits she is scared of change and Gordon tells her the biggest problem is Tommy's depression. Tommy arrives and Dina tells him her feelings and pleads with him to help save the restaurant. 

Tommy returns to the restaurant with a new positive outlook. Gordon wants him more involved in the kitchen and gives him a cookery lesson. Gordon revamps the restaurant and the menu and gives them Chef consultant Mike. On relaunch night, Tommy takes charge in the kitchen and the dishes are going out at a fast pace, everyone is happy with their food. Tommy makes a mistake and a table doesn't get their food but Gordon tells him not to let one mistake get to him and the relaunch is a success.


What Happened Next?


Gordon returned a year later, business is up 20% and to increase profit they are getting a liquor license. Tommy is happier, more confident and no longer depressed. Gordon is so pleased with the changes and ongoing success that he offers to contribute towards their liquor license.

Chiarella's Ristorante closed on the 30th June 2015, blaming the rising costs of renting the space for the closure. Prior to the closure Yelp reviews were mixed.

Chiarella's Ristorante was aired on March 30 2012, the episode was filmed in November 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 5 episode 15.

14 comments:

  1. I hope Tommy was able to put aside the tough guy, provider mentality and get some real help. It was sad not to see anyone display that they understood what was going on with his mental health.

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    1. Yes, God bless his heart; he appears to have the kind of depression that requires training and management. Kinda like the diabeetus.

      But remember, this is a reality show, so it's edited for maximum drama.

      What counts is that they're still in business—despite the horribleness of their Web site.

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    2. he did not have mental health issues. he was a guy that shucked him responsibilities and could not handle confrontation or pressure. Some can't. If you are not taught how to handle pressure and confrontation when you are young, then you are not going to magically learn it when you are an adult. that's why so many spoiled millennials have so many issues with stress and confrontation and live off of anxiety meds.

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    3. Pressure? Millenials have enough pressure to deal with. No wonder they're taking meds. With a failing job market, insane debt coming out of university without promise of a job or something relevant, housing not being affordable and an aging and environmental crisis looming pending devastation consequences it's no wonder. Baby boomers had a good life. They had more security than any millennial could ever dream of. Stop generalizing

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    4. @Anon, the baby boomer's not going to reply. He hasn't had his anxiety meds...

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  2. Nice family. I really felt for Tommy and wish them all nothing but the best!

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  3. wayneco33@verizon,net17 July 2014 at 05:08

    I was amazed and genuinely saddened to see this man Tommy so beaten just waiting for that final knockout punch to relieve him of his tragic existence. Thankfully , Chef Ramsay picked him up and brushed him off enabling Tommy at another opportunity to succeed and feel better in general. A very moving positive turn around. I have only the best of wishes for Tommy , his family and his renewed staff. Sincerely , Wayneco.

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  4. I felt for Tommy, and I could understand his issues. He was going through a lot of self shame, and believe me, self shame is difficult to overcome. I hope he was able to get the help he needed.

    Too bad to see this one close down. Shows you how costly it is to run a business.

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  5. The daughter has major league yabbos

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  6. Anonymous, always comments on these pages. Why is that? Then he makes comments about the daughter himself, and proceeds to go after others. This dude is pathetic, always has been.

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    1. Uhh anonymous isn't one person, its what people chose to reply as if they don't want to attach an account to their comment...

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    2. Dude, get off my back. I don't follow you around online. She had major league yabbo's get over yourself!

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  7. I never understood when GR returned, how they said they needed a liquor license, but people were drinking in the backround and they themselves had wine on the table?

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  8. Perhaps they had a BYOB policy?

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