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.

Extra Reading

Pantaleone's New York Pizza Trip Advisor Reviews

Pantaleone’s New York Pizza Yelp Reviews

Review: After a Kitchen Nightmares wake-up call, change is good at Pantaleone's

FOX's "Kitchen Nightmares" gives a makeover to Pantaleone's in Denver

Read About More Kitchen Nightmares


  1. Holy heck - That waitress Celestina was cute as a button!!!!!!

    1. my thought exactly

  2. Yeah she was my kind of girl cute as hell.

  3. Y'all are terrifying. Stop talking about the children present in the episode, about to call Chris Hansen from dateline.

    This show is about restaurants you weirdos. Go back to chat roulette....

    1. I agree wholeheartedly! I am not a prude, but I'm not sexist,either. As you said so eloquently, this blog is "about restaurants, you weirdos." I love it! Sadly however, I have read about 90-95% of the reviews to find out what happened and all of those that had an attractive female featured, comments about their looks seem to be the big topic. In the one that I find the creepiest, there was a more recent episode about a restaurant owned by a overweight man in his 60's with a trophy wife whose favorite word was "dude". Saki, the owner was butt blind to this, but the wife had a 15 year old daughter and some people just couldn't help themselves with the comments about both mother and daughter. SHE WAS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD, YOU PERVERTS. Those comments are not amusing, they are borderline illegal and those who made them need to get chemically castrated!

    2. "That doesn't make me a pedophile since I'm 16 years old and all."

      It still makes you a pervert, and a weirdo, as stated in the original comment. Your thirst is almost as extra as you assuming that this string of comments was by girls.

      Sincerely, a male.

    3. So, we live in a world now where guys are considered perverts for liking how a girl their age looks? I swear, political correctness and prudes will be the end of this world.

    4. Nobody said it was perverted to like a girl their age, but for god's sake keep it to yourself! You can feel the desperation coming from some of these commentators.

    5. Well you know that's just like your opinion man...

    6. "Political correctness"? Lmao that's such a white guy thing to say. Whatever, dude. I'm not going to listen to someone who values his own little opinions more than what girls would actually feel about his creepiness. And saying that those two things alone will be the end of the world is just exaggerated. Like ohh~ it must be sooo hard for you.

  4. I'm watching this episode for the first time on BBC America as I write this and all I can say is WOW! I understand pride, but this guy Pete is off his rocker! How can he not see that what he serves is crap. I know that pot is legal everywhere in Colorado, so you know that you are doing something wrong if you can't get the stoners with the munchies in your place. THEY EAT TWINKIES FOR "Pete's" sake. Figure that one out if you can.


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