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. The décor is terrible, manager Traci thinks it looks like a morgue and she criticises Rosario's leadership skills. Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is pounced on by Traci, who throws herself upon Gordon and is clearly pleased to see him! Gordon enters the restaurant and sits down with Rosario who assures him that they only serve fresh food. She believes that the customers are the problem as they are unable to appreciate freshly cooked, authentic Italian dishes.
Gordon orders the Mussells Marinara, Veal Saltimbooca and a Penne pasta dish. Gordon tastes the strange looking veal dish, it is over cooked, under seasoned with too much flour in the sauce. The penne pasta dish is just as unimpressive, Gordon hands some yellowing herbs to Traci and declares that it tastes like baby vomit. The Mussels Marinara has very few mussels and plenty of marinara sauce. Gordon finds the mussels chewy and asks whether they are frozen, it is confirmed they are frozen. Gordon goes to speak to Gianfranco about the frozen mussels and his defence is that the menu is so large they can't keep fresh mussels.
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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