Sunday, 28 December 2014

Restaurant Impossible - Ristorante Barolo - CLOSED

Restaurant Impossible Ristorante Barolo

Episode Recap

Chef Robert Irvine visits Ristorante Barolo in Aptos, California, where he finds owners Giovanni and Cristina, who bought the hotel with attached restaurant and for the first 5 years it was a success. With the economic downturn and the rising costs of maintaining the old building, they are now struggling to keep the place open. Both are also struggling with health issues and are in desperate need of Robert's help. There are multiple problems, the decor is dated and Giovanni gets frustrated and sends out poor quality food, his brother, also a Chef wants to help but Giovanni doesn't let him. The decor is given a makeover and more structure is implemented.

What Happened Next?

Robert revisits and business is up 37% and Cristina was in the process of stepping away from the restaurant when she suffered a stroke. Yelp Reviews after Robert left were mostly poor, they focus on poor service and cold, bland food. Trip Advisor reviews are few but mixed. They still own the hotel side of the business and this remains open.

Extra Reading

Ristorante Barolo Yelp Reviews

Ristorante Barolo Trip Advisor Reviews

Cali Coast Foodie Blog Review

Sales Increase But Struggles Continue for Ristorante Barolo after 'Restaurant: Impossible'

Quick Bites, May 15, 2013: Barolo exits Bayview Hotel, Booka on the way

Aptos' Ristorante Barolo gets 'Restaurant: Impossible' makeover

Recipes Featured on the Episode

Pork Bolognese Pappardelle

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