Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kitchen Nightmares - Chiarella's Ristorante - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Chiarella's Ristorante


Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Chiarella's, PhiladelphiaPA,  owned by Tommy and Dina DeFino who believed they could be as successful as Dina's parents in running  a restaurant. The owners think the food is great but they are alone in thinking it. The staff say whenever there is a problem Tommy disappears into the the workout room in the basement. Gordon arrives to find that Tommy is in the basement. They 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 d├ęcor is the same as Dina's parents restaurant. 

He orders steak and veal, the steak is raw and the veal dreadful. Gordon tells them the food is bad and straight out of the 70s, they still stand by the food and are in denial. Gordon witnesses a dinner service and discovers that there is no one expediting in the kitchen and the food just makes it own way out. Most of the dishes are sent back by unhappy customers and Tommy hides from the staff, retreating to his basement workout room when asked by Dina to talk to and 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, giving the restaurant a new identity. Gordon also gives them a Chef consultant Mike and on tasting the new food they love it. 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. The relaunch is a success.

What Happened Next?

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

The restaurant closed as of the 30th June 2015, blaming the rising costs of renting the space for the closure. Reviews prior to their closure were mixed.

14 comments:

  1. The daughter was amazingly well equipped, hottest girl in all of the seasons so far

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    1. Not really sure what that has to do with the food or restaurant ;-).

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    2. Lmao true story
      But glad to see they're still open.

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    3. Daughter was adorable,yes.But there have been a few very memorable attractive ladies on these shows. Notably,the daughter from Sams Kabob Room,the latina waitresses at Lelas and Spin a Yarn and the 2 cuties at Levanti's. Yes,I enjoy watching this show ;)

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    4. Dont forget the girls and Yanni's :D

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    5. Oh man your standards are low as these kitchens. She's a 6/10 at best.

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

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  4. 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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  5. Good to see them still open and their daughter was really attractive!! ;)

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  6. 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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  7. The daughter has major league yabbos

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  8. the daughter Dinae. my oh my....

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