Friday, 23 May 2014

Costa del Nightmares - Quelcuttis Tapas - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Quelcuttis Tapas
Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Setla, Spain to help Quelcuttis Tapas, a tapas restaurant and bar, Joe runs the bar with Ruby and self taught chef Terry cooks in the kitchen. Del and Sue wanted it to be a restaurant but Joe and Terry want it to be a bar and as a result the food has been neglected. The business is losing £10,000 a month and the family haven't paid themselves in a year. Gordon arrives in the town and is directed to the restaurant. He meets Del and Sue and they tell Gordon that the children are giving away free drinks, lack responsibility and don't listen to them. Gordon orders swordfish, salad and chips and a chicken kiev. He is given a pork on toast amuse bouche and finds the pork is dry, bland and greasy. Terry can't find any kievs so he orders a gourmet burger instead, Terry disappears into the corner to get a frozen burger bun. Gordon asks for a sick bag for his burger and says the wine tastes like diesel. Gordon looks through the fridge and finds some really old Serrano ham. Gordon confronts them about their drinking, opening up about his father's death through alcoholism and they throw away all the old food.

The next day Gordon questions their commitment and they begin to realise they need to change. Gordon visits the market to challenge them to cook with fresh food for 15 locals. Joe fails to impress at front of house, Terry struggles to get the food out of the kitchen and the customers aren't impressed. A customer finds a cockroach, Joe accuses it of being planted but fails to say who he thinks planted it and customer Keith starts helping out behind the bar. Gordon comes to the conclusion that Joe is the biggest problem and calls a family meeting, Joe thinks the service was a success. The family write heartfelt letters to each other and even Gordon is welling up. Gordon gives Terry a crash course in cooking tapas using fresh ingredients, the family sample the food and they enjoy it. Gordon asks Joe to match a drink to the dish and he struggles as he isn't familiar with wine.

Gordon revamps the restaurant, removing the pool table and adding pictures of the family to add a personal touch. They are relaunching as a tapas restaurant with fresh tapas dishes and wines. For relaunch night, Sue is helping out for the evening and Joe pushes the wine but hasn't put any food orders through. He over compensates by putting all of the orders in at once, putting the pressure on the kitchen and Terry begins to struggle but holds it together. Gordon reveals that he has invited a special guest, the Mayor who Joe neglects. The customers love the new food and the wine, the regulars aren't happy with the new prices but Joe manages to get them on side. Overall, the relaunch was a success.

What Happened Next? 


Gordon returns a month later for a surprise visit, the restaurant is busy, they are making money, paying themselves a wage and no longer drinking in the restaurant. Terry is enjoying cooking in the kitchen and they have added their own dishes to the menu. Reviews after Gordon's visit appear to be very positive, with compliments on the friendly service, food and entertainment also offered.

Mark Haggan's comments on his visit are that 

"The food was excellent, and remarkably well priced. The staff were great, and could not have been more friendly or helpful. If you find yourself in the area, it’s certainly worth a visit."

The restaurant closed in August 2015, owner Joe blames the changes that Gordon made for the closure and reveals that his relationship with his brother Mark is at the worst it had been.


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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Costa del Nightmares - La Granada Divino - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares La Granada Divino

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits La Granada Divino in Gaucin, Spain, the restaurant has only been open 8 weeks and is losing £4,000 a week. Gordon arrives and finds the owners drinking on a rooftop terrace. Gordon orders a fish cake and kebab, he also orders a terrine, risotto, lentil salad and steak. The pate tastes of nothing, the risotto arrives 40 minutes later and is under cooked, the salad is terrible and the steak is tough. Gordon meets Chef Neil who likes fiddling with knives and seems to take Gordon's criticism quite well. Gordon arrives for a dinner service, Neil has two cooks to help but they seem to be only preparing salads. Neil is doing everything and begins to cut corners to be able to send food out. Gina is drinking wine on the terrace and two hours later only half of the customers have had their food. Neil has lost control of the kitchen and customers say they won't return. Gordon meets with the owners who admit that they didn't do any checks on Neil so Gordon calls some contacts who reveal he was never executive chef. 

Gordon challenges Milan to run front of house and Gina to cook in the kitchen. Neil struggles to communicate and Milan struggles in the front of house. Gordon is forced to apologise as food takes two hours to reach the customers. Gina and Milan finally see Neil's struggles, Gordon tells them they have expected too much of him and they stand at the front of the restaurant discussing replacing Neil. Gordon suggests a roast chicken special to take some pressure off of the kitchen. For the evening service, Gordon asks Neil to delegate tasks to help take pressure off and the waitresses are pushing the chicken special. Neil leaves the kitchen to speak to diners in the restaurant and the customers enjoy the food. Milan, Gina and Gordon take to the streets with samples to promote the restaurant and a new menu is devised featuring Spanish inspired food. Gordon has fixed the lift to improve the service and take some pressure off of the wait staff and suggests that Emily is made the manager of the restaurant which is supported by the owners. 

For relaunch night, Gordon reveals that he has invited the top, local food critic to dine with them this evening. Communication is good and the sharing plates are taking the pressure off in the kitchen and are going down well with the customers. Neil starts to slip, Gordon tries to pull him back but they sell out of sharing platters and Neil has to serve individual dishes. Neil slips into bad habits, the communication disappears and the cook tries to send out food before it is ready. Gordon gives them a pep talk and the communication recovers with great food leaving the kitchen. The food critic brands it the best restaurant in Gaucin and he is particularly impressed with the lamb chops.


What Happened Next? 


After Gordon left they were taking £5,000 a week and Gina and Milan had taken a step back from the restaurant allowing the staff to run the restaurant. Reviews since Gordon's visit appear to be very positive, with compliments on the service, food and presentation of the food and they appear to have kept the concept of sharing platters that Gordon introduced. 

The restaurant closed in September 2015, as owners Milan and Gina retired from the restaurant trade, they posted the below on their website. 


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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Costa del Nightmares - Le Deck - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Le Deck

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Capbreton in the South West of France, Tim and Debbie Wall met as holiday reps and married 6 years later. The restaurant has not been successful and is losing £50,000 a year. Gordon surprises them by arriving mid afternoon and the place is empty. He meets the General Manager and is surprised that Steve and 7 other workers live there! The staff eat a lunch of steak and chocolate mousse. Gordon orders fruits de mer en croute, the Le Deck Burger and the Le Deck Fish Salad. The fruits de mer en Croute is greasy with no pastry, the Le Deck Burger is raw and the Le Deck Salad is bad, the mussels aren't cleaned and the prawns smell. That evening, the orders flood in and diners are left waiting for 45 minutes for food. The kitchen runs out of food and Chris is sent out to borrow meat from another restaurant! Gordon tells Tim that he couldn't believe that he allowed in more customers but Tim says he needs the money. 


The next day, Gordon arrives at their house to talk about finances and Debbie tells him they can walk away if it gets worse. Steve admits he has lost some passion and Gordon takes him to the local fish market. He wants Steve and Stuey to create their own specials, Steve's is sole with green beans and lentils and Stuey's is curried monk fish with a salad of mango, rocket and beansprout salad. Tim loves the specials and Gordon bans Tim from the kitchen. Gordon supplies the team with oysters to devise 4 new oyster dishes and 4 new cocktails to accompany them. Tim is told to take Debbie out for dinner for the evening and Debbie tells him they need to have more time together as a family. Tim is agitated because the staff have such excellent ideas(?). He gets angry and screams at the staff for being brilliant but scruffy (?). The next day, Tim decides to paint the walls white and the front of house staff have given the restaurant a makeover. Gordon brings Tim and Debbie to the restaurant, showing them the new sign and the new oyster bar. The new menu pleases Tim and he hugs Gordon.

For relaunch, Tim is placed as Front of House with Gordon overseeing the kitchen. The oysters are popular but Tim lets customers in without checking the bookings so the kitchen struggles as more guests arrive. Gordon reminds Tim that the portion is more than adequate and promises to throw him in the port if he continues to interfere. The customers love the food and fresh fish dishes. Tim consults with the kitchen before offering out more tables and they have also sold over 160 oysters within the first hour. The relaunch is a success, the kitchen have stepped up to the plate and they made over 2000 Euros in one service.


What Happened Next?


Over the past month, Le Deck is averaging 15,000-20,000 per week, Stuey is now the Head Chef as Steve has returned to the mountains. Tim is taking a step back and allowing the staff to do their jobs. Reviews on Trip Advisor are mostly good since Gordon visited the restaurant with some complaints shortly after Gordon's visit that were focused on poor service. There are also negatives about food prices and quality.


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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Costa del Nightmares - Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Mayfair / Jacks Chicken Shack

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Fuengirola, Spain to help Mayfair Restaurante, run by South Londoner Pat and her Spanish husband Jack. They met whilst Pat was on holiday, settled in England but moved back to Spain 28 years ago. Gordon finds broken freezers, a room full of clutter and the restaurant has been restricted in size to make room. Pat reveals she has sold her house and is using money from the sale to support the business. The tapas counter has raw and cooked meat stored next to each other and fresh produce is on top of old produce. Gordon orders the kitchen and restaurant to be closed and John is frustrated by the state of the kitchen. Gordon comes back the next day and Jack has cleaned the kitchen. Gordon sits down to order some food, he orders a tortilla, the potatoes taste rotten and microwaved and the fish dish with calamari and squid is rubbery and sloppy. Jack takes over in the kitchen and serves Gordon a 2 day old chicken. Gordon orders John to taste the sauce and he finds it revolving, Jack tastes it and calls it salty. Gordon puts down a line and tells Jack he isn't to enter and if he crosses the line he'll put him in the sea, John is to run the restaurant and Juan is not to use a microwave.

That evening, Jack is out front charming the customers but the kitchen is falling apart with Juan overcooking meat. Jack refuses to sack Juan as he feels sorry for him and the customers aren't happy with the wait and substandard food, some left without paying and John is furious. John runs a car rental firm and Gordon visits but John is losing money and the cars are falling apart. His parents gave him 40,000 euros and Gordon tells him to sell the business to pay them back. Gordon orders them to declutter the restaurant but Jack struggles to let go. With the clutter gone the restaurant has doubled in size and Gordon reveals a new sign, the restaurant is to be a fried chicken shack. The restaurant has been repainted and extra tables have been added. Gordon shows them how to make fried chicken and the family love it. There are sauces and salads to upsell to help boost income. Jack, John and Pat are sent in the town promoting the restaurant in chicken suits and a new chef has been hired, Juan is demoted to pot washer. 

On opening night, there are all hands on deck, the kitchen is prepared but front of house have given big orders to the kitchen at once. Gordon orders them to stop taking orders for 5 minutes. Gordon despairs as Jack returns to the kitchen with raw chicken and he orders them to slow down and work as a team. John steps in and supports the kitchen and the kitchen runs smoothly. The customers are happy with the food despite the wait and they have made over 700 Euros.

What Happened Next? 


Gordon returns to the restaurant 4 weeks later and they have kept the chicken theme. He arrives at lunch time and the restaurant is busy. Juan has left and the kitchen has kept up the cleaning regime. They are averaging 500 Euros a day and John has sold the cars but hasn't repaid his parents. John writes an IOU to his parents and it is put inside the till. In the 3 months prior to airing, they are averaging £1500 a week, John has sold 2 cars and still hasn't paid his parents back. The owners have reported since that both customer satisfaction and sales are up. Jon has since reverted to his own recipe and told the Mirror in October 2014 that he was losing £2500 a month. 

Reviews since Gordon visited are average with a mix of both good and bad reviews. Twitter user Chris, visited the restaurant in June 2014, 

"my girlfriend and I went in June, a few weeks after filming finished. The food was not bad, looked like they'd taken inspiration from Nandos a bit. We weren't aware at the time who Jack & Juan were but turns out they were the two guys hanging out at a table making the place look untidy! John (the son) served us and he was pleasant enough but we seemed to sense some tension between Jack and him. John said something at one point in Spanish that mentioned "Chef Ramsay" delivered in a passive aggressive tone! We sat outside but was very quiet for an evening, didn't venture inside but wish I had after last nights viewing!"

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Bella Luna - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Bella Luna

Episode Recap 


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Bella Luna in Easton, Pennsylvania, an Italian restaurant owned by Rosario Scollo. She bought the restaurant for her son Gianfranco to celebrate him completing culinary school, Rosario's son Maurizio is Manager. Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is pounced on by Traci, who throws herself upon Gordon and is clearly pleased to see him! Gordon orders the Mussells Marinara, Veal Saltimbooca and a Penne pasta dish. The veal is over cooked, under seasoned with too much flour in the sauce, the penne pasta dish tastes like baby vomit and the Mussels Marinara has very few, chewy frozen mussels and plenty of marinara sauce. 

Gordon returns to observe a dinner service and discovers that they don't have tickets, just scraps of paper with orders written on. The cooks defrost shrimps in the microwave and Gordon finds that frozen chicken has been defrosting in a sink. Gordon decides it is time to inspect the walk-in and freezer and finds containers of frozen chicken. Rosario tells him that they buy the chicken in fresh and then freeze it. The walk-in is no better, there is mouldy food and rotting food. Gordon tells Traci to shut down the service and ask the guests to leave and tries to talk to Rosario who continues to be in denial. The next day, Gordon sets up a fake trial in a public building and puts all the staff on trial. Gordon brings in locals who have previously dined at Bella Luna. The main complaints are about the poor food and one woman believes she had sour cannelloni. After this, Gordon brings everyone back to Bella Luna, which has had a makeover over night with new furniture and new tableware. There is a new shorter menu made only with fresh ingredients.

For relaunch night, Gordon invites the disgruntled customers from the earlier town hall trial. They are impressed with the décor and after some issues with the service they are impressed with the food. The relaunch services starts smoothly but Gianfranco struggles with the new ordering system. He tries to send out the most ridiculous lasagna but Gordon catches him doing so. He takes him outside and shouts at him to get it together before chucking the lasagna on the floor. Overall, the relaunch was a success despite some hiccups.


What Happened Next?


Bella Luna Ristorante closed 3 and a half months after filming. Rosaria says they did not fail but had a dispute with the landlord and business was up threefold after filming. The landlord however, claims they had not paid the lease in months. After the closure, it emerged that they had been selling alcohol with an expired license. The owners are currently looking for a new premises.  DeLorenzo's restaurant opened at the address in April/May 2014, reviews  are good.


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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Zayna Flaming Grill - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Zayna Flaming Grill

Episode Recap 


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Zayna Grill on Redondo Beach, California, owned by Fay and her niece Brenda, Mark, Amel and Vanessa also work in the restaurant . Gordon arrives and decides to meet Fay and Brenda separately to discuss what the real issues are. They both think the other should be no longer be a part of the restauran, Fay says she has to do everything as Brenda doesn't pull her weight but Brenda thinks that Fay won't give up control. Gordon orders a dip sampler, fava beans and Kibbi rolls. The sampler features oily dips, the fava beans come with a huge Z on the top in cream, like someone has puked on his plate, the kibbi rolls taste frozen and the Zayna combo platter looks the worst and it is dry with no flavour. Gordon arrives in the evening and customers seem excited to try the food, with hummus being a safe choice for most. Sadly, the hummus disappoints and are sent back. Gordon takes drastic measures and goes to a grocery store and buys hummus, which he takes out to the customers and they love it. Gordon decides it is time to check out the freezer, he finds months of prepared frozen food and frozen meat stored underneath dripping warm water. 

Gordon returns the next day and Fay claims she has to do everything as no one will help her. After another argument Gordon says that the restaurant will be opening for lunch and Fay is going to go home for the day. They will run the restaurant without her and Gordon will supervise. Ramsay reveals to Fay that she will be watching from a surveillance van. Before lunch begins Marks struggles to work the rice cooker. Brenda holds the fort and the lunch goes well despite a few dishes being sent back and an argument between Amel and Mark. Fay is brought back in and it is revealed that she was watching and she tells Brenda she was amazing. Gordon's next task is to cook a fresh meal in the kitchen and they show how unfamiliar they are with fresh fish. Gordon goes into town and discovers that no one has heard of the restaurant. To rectify this he sets up a prime advertising spot on the pier with free samples and the following day Gordon reveals the new bright interior. 

On relaunch night, things get off to a great start with the staff being positive and communicating effectively. When the orders start coming into the kitchen fast Fay goes back to the old ways and ignores Brenda and Amel, saying nothing whilst manning the grill. Somehow Brenda manages to get through to Fay and she starts communicating again. Overall, despite some hiccups the relaunch was a success.


What Happened Next? 


After Gordon's visit. Fay went back to her old ways and as a result Vanessa and Amel left the restaurant, Brenda however was still asserting some level of leadership in the restaurant. Yelp reviews are mostly good after Gordon's left and it appears that many locals are now frequenting the restaurant. The restaurant has a new owner, Ray Younis, who appears to have taken over the restaurant as of around September 2015 and reviews are mostly excellent. 


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Friday, 16 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Mangia Mangia - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Mangia Mangia

Episode Recap 


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Mangia Mangia in Woodland Park, Colorado, bought by owner Julie Watson, who just wanted to own a restaurant and chose to make the restaurant an Italian restaurant to stand out. Arriving at the restaurant Gordon pulls into the drive thru and is confused that a restaurant offers this service. Gordon orders the soup of the day, Janelle forgets to give him a spoon and the soup is a solid sludge. Gordon orders mushroom ravioli, veal piccata, salmon, lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs. The ravioli is bought in with a terrible glowing white sauce, the lasagna is still frozen in the middle, the meatballs taste like "warm foam", the veal is raw in the middle and the balsamic drenched salmon tastes frozen. Gordon confronts the staff in the kitchen and discovers that none of the staff have any formal training. Julie is defensive about the food, telling Gordon the food is good. Gordon walks out and Julie bursts into tears.

Gordon returns for a dinner service and it is a disaster, most of the food is returned to the kitchen but is thrown away. Gordon decides it is time to inspect the walk in and finds 400 portions of pre-cooked pasta. The staff reveal that the cooks change the breadcrumbs every other day, coating both egg plant and chicken. Frustrated, Gordon walks into the dining room and explains that only 5% of the food they were served is fresh. Julie walks out, the service stops and the staff go out back to smoke and moan. Janelle tells Gordon that Trevor tried to punch her at work, the staff don't always turn up for shifts and Kevin and Trevor have both often come to work high. The next day, it emerges that Trevor has a meth problem so Julie fires him. He recruits Chef Don to run the kitchen and hosts a family fun day to advertise the restaurant. The restaurant decor is given a makeover and menu is changed with freshly prepared food on the menu. 

For relaunch night, things get off to a bad start when Julie fires quickly orders at the kitchen and is told to slow down as the fresh food takes longer to cook. The customers are impressed with the new décor and also with the food, the staff are also much happier in the restaurant. As a final prank, Gordon pulls into the drive through to pick up the microwave from the kitchen.


What Happened Next? 


Reviews were mostly excellent after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode with compliments on the food and service. It appears they kept most if not all of Gordon's changes and followed his advice. However, the restaurant closed in November 2014.


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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Kati Allo - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Kati Allo

Episode Recap 


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Kati Allo, a Greek restaurant in Flushing, New York owned by husband and wife Manny and Christine, whose marriage lays in tatters. Gordon arrives and talks to the couple about how they got into the business and Manny explains that he went for a haircut at the barbers next door and decided to buy the restaurant. They are in a huge amount of debt and have sold their house to finance the restaurant, they also are divorcing. Gordon orders the pastitisio, gyro platter and a pork dish. He is not impressed with the food, the gyro tastes frozen, the sausage is garlicky and greasy, the pastitisio is a bland pile of worms and is boiling in the middle.

Gordon returns in the evening to observe a dinner service and is not impressed when Manny cuts into chicken on the grill to check it is cooked. A dish arrives in the kitchen via a dumbwaiter and Gordon is surprised to find that it is cooked elsewhere. He finds out that there is a kitchen downstairs and there is a cook down there microwaving dishes!  He also finds the walk-in containing trays of mouldy food and jars that are over 10 years old! Manny is shown the disgusting state of the kitchen and blames the staff, whereas Evelyn insists that it is his job to check it. Gordon heads to their home to see if anything can be done to save their marriage and  they decide to commit to saving the restaurant and their marriage. Gordon teaches Manny and Christine a sea bass dish for them to make the dish together. Overnight the restaurant is given a huge makeover with a more Greek feel and all of the furniture, tablecloths and crockery are replaced.

For relaunch night, Manny and Evelyn are running the restaurant together. The kitchen falls apart as Manny loses track of the orders and storms out. He soon remembers his new commitment to both the restaurant and his marriage and comes back to the restaurant, turning the service into a success.


What Happened Next?


Reviews were mixed after Gordon's makeover and the filming of the episode but they closed in April 2014. Kalamaki NYC, a Greek restaurant opened in its place in July 2014. Reviews looks good and it appears regulars from Kati Allo have become customers here too. 


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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Old Neighborhood Restaurant - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Old Neighborhood Restaurant

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits the Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada, Colorado but as he approaches he spots a strange sight, a mannequin wearing a baseball cap, leopard print dress and leather gloves! Gordon meets with owner Randy who tells him that her name is Fiona and his wife Alexa changes her outfits regularly. Gordon orders the New Orleans shrimp, salmon special and scallops. The shrimp arrives and Gordon is confused by the light colour but the waitress explains that there is cream in the dish, the salmon has the same creamy sauce and he is once again unimpressed. Mid meal Gordon takes a walk around and finds that the wallpaper is coming off the walls. Gordon's scallops arrive and Randy explains that the sauce has chipotle in it. After his disappointing meal Gordon goes into the kitchen to speak to the staff and Alexa admits she doesn't taste the food because she knows what they taste like.

Gordon returns for the evening service and sits on the dirty couch in the front of the restaurant and  finds old food and a pair of shoes under the cushions.  The kitchen is no worse and there are meat thermometers in a hole in the wall. The walk-in is one of the worst, every item seems to be cross contaminated. The chocolate dessert is on top of raw meat and meat juices are everywhere. There is mould and rotten food but also a dead mouse. Gordon orders the restaurant to be closed and the service to end. Once the customers have left, Gordon talks to the owners and confesses he doesn't know what to do. Alexa begs him to stay, he agrees but only if they clean the kitchen. They spend the night cleaning the kitchen and throw away all the bad food. Gordon returns the next morning and is pleased with the clean up of the restaurant, however he thinks it could go further so the staff throw away all the garbage and also to throw away Fiona.

Gordon reveals a new interior, the furniture and table settings have been replaced. The menu has also had a revamp being cut down to around 20 items. The relaunch evening is a success despite a few hiccups. The customers love the new food and decor and Alexa and Randy are happy too.


What Happened Next?


Reviews were mostly good after the filming of the episode. The building was put up for sale and sold, they closed as of May 1st 2016, posting on Facebook. 


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Monday, 21 April 2014

Kitchen Nightmares - Pantaleone's - OPEN

Kitchen Nightmares Pantaleone's 

Episode Recap


Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Pantaleone's pizza in Denver, Colorado, owned by Pete Fafalios and wife Paulette, who have owned the restaurant since 1985, at first it had rave reviews and local awards. Pete is still living in the glory days and the staff say the food is terrible. Gordon arrives at the restaurant and meets Pete, Gordon asks him where in Italy he is from and discovers that he is Greek. They explain to Gordon that they don't open on Sundays as Pete likes to watch the football and he also takes a nap mid afternoon as he gets tired.

Gordon orders a sausage pizza, meatball hero, a calzone and linguine with clams. He is not impressed with the dining room, comparing it to a hospital. Whilst he is waiting for his food Gordon speaks to another diner and asks them how the food is, it tastes like cat food. Gordon's huge calzone arrives but it is cold in the middle. The pizza is also huge, the crust is thick and it is too greasy. Gordon sends it back and Pete says that it is still the best pizza in the city. The meatball hero is no better, Gordon describes this as a diaper full of meatballs. The final dish of linguine and clams, has canned clams and he empties the juice at the bottom of the dish into a glass. 


Gordon goes into the kitchen to tell them about how bad his meal was but Pete is in denial.  Gordon sets up a taste test to see what people think, he has 3 pizzas on offer, one from the best rated restaurant in Denver, one made by Pete and a frozen pizza. Pete's pizza came last with 10%, the frozen had 15% and 75% preferred the best rated pizza. Gordon asks Pete if he would change his pizza and he says no. Gordon takes the family to a family restaurant in Las Vegas. They have a talk, meal and agree to work on their relationship. Gordon gives the restaurant a makeover, he has replaced the wood panelling and the plastic table cloths. The weird artwork on the walls has been replaced with traditional pictures of Italy. Gordon also reveals that he is giving them a van so that they can deliver pizza and the menu has also had a huge makeover.

For relaunch night, Gordon gives both Josh and Pete a pre-service morale booster out the back which includes smashing a plate. The pep talk appeared to work as despite a few small hiccups the evening was a success and the diners were very pleased with the food.


What Happened Next?


Reviews since Gordon has given the restaurant a makeover are good and the locals are pleased with the new menu.


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