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Kitchen Nightmares - Peter's - CLOSED

Kitchen Nightmares Peter's

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits Peter's Italian Restaurant in Babylon, New York.

Peter's Italian restaurant is a family run Italian restaurant, owned by Tina Pellegrino but named after her brother Peter Pasta Pellegrino, who is also the host.

Tina is at her wits end of her brother Peter taking over and he admits that he would rather buy a new suit than buy a new stove or equipment for the restaurant.

Peter acts like a gangster and like he is rehearsing for the next Goodfella's movie.

Tina believes that Peter is the core problem of the restaurant as he is emotionally unstable and obsessed with his own appearance.

Peter offers to pick up Gordon but keeps him waiting for over an hour before picking him up in a flashy Mercedes!

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and is introduced to the family and is happy to be in a family run Italian restaurant.

He also meets Chef Robert and Peter's friends Jerry and Jerry, the mob.

Gordon sits down to sample the food and orders the crab cake and lobster ravioli based on recommendations from server Angelo.

The salad that comes with the crab cake has rotten bits in it, the crab cake is cold and the crab meat isn't fresh and the lobster ravioli dish is like baby food and is covered in parsley.

Angelo is frustrated by the presentation of the dish when he returns it and the excessive parsley sparks a huge argument in the kitchen that Peter goes to diffuse.

Gordon calls the family together to discuss the issues in the restaurant and it descends into everyone talking over each other and arguing about the problems in the restaurant.

The next day, Gordon inspects the kitchen, he finds mouldy, rotten produce, a faulty walk-in that is at the incorrect temperature and is leaking and a broken freezer.

Gordon tells them that if they aren't careful they are going to poison somebody. Peter arrives late and claims that it is the kitchen staff's job.

Gordon asks the family to smell a tub of old ravioli and they refuse.

Gordon tells them to deep clean the kitchen whilst Robert shows Gordon all of the equipment that isn't working including ovens, stoves and hobs.

They use on of the ovens as a towel storage and it is clear no money has been invested in the kitchen.

Robert tells him that Peter would rather spend money on himself than on the restaurant and is the main problem in the restaurant.

Gordon arrives to observe a dinner service and they have no reservations but as word has got out that he is in town.

During the service, Gordon notices that Peter is giving away a lot of complimentary food and drink, losing all of their profit.

Gordon asks Peter why he hasn't charged one table and Peter reveals it is his doctor and he always eats with no charge.

Gordon is astounded that he has been comped for both food and drink as he can more than afford to pay his bill on his salary!

A bill collector arrives in the kitchen. Peter throws him out of the restaurant and a huge brawl breaks out outside the restaurant.

Their father ends up being pushed over, Peter is angry, shouting and screaming and Gordon tells him to cool off.

Gordon sits down with Tina, who tells him that Peter takes money from the till, often hundreds of dollars when they aren't breaking even or when he hasn't worked the day.

She is at her wits end and is stressed as she feels like she is doing it on her own with no support.

She breaks down in tears and says that is close to closing the restaurant and selling it because her house is on the line.

The next day, Gordon arrives and asks Peter and his father to run the kitchen whilst Tina and her mother run the dining room so they can see the struggles of the kitchen staff.

It is a disaster due to the non-functioning kitchen and the fact Peter is unable to cook. He keeps asking where things are despite them being in front of him.

After an hour, no food has left the kitchen due to the state of the kitchen and their inability to cook leading to burnt chicken.

Peter demands someone firstly get him an espresso and later an orange juice. Gordon tells him off before kicking him out of the kitchen.

The next day, Gordon reveals the new kitchen equipment that he has installed over night, he has also provided them with new plates and a working refrigerator.

Gordon also reveals the changes to the menu, they will be changing the focus to family style dining with a lasagna special, grilled flank steak, capellini and an improved lobster ravioli.

The family style concept is hoped to set them apart from the 6/7 Italian competing restaurants in the area.

Tina cries a lot and cries even more when Gordon reveals the new family style menu. Peter hugs Gordon and says he will be naming his first born son after him.

Gordon gathers the staff for a pep talk before the relaunch but another debt collector arrives and Peter punches him, Gordon once again tells Peter that he has to cool off.

As the guests arrive for dinner, the kitchen struggles with the new menu and Peter struggles to manage the restaurant.

Peter isn't taking the responsibility seriously. He is more concerned about getting a pineaple juice or a cappuccino and asking Tina for a throat lozenge.

He offers to take a dish out to a customer and instead decides to sample the clam dish, leaving a customer disappointed.

The customers complain and Peter takes his frustrations out on the staff, shouting at one of the waitresses in front of her table and making her cry.

The food starts to leave the kitchen and the customers love the new food and despite the hiccups the relaunch was a success.

Gordon gives Peter a pep talk and tells the family that he thinks the restaurant would run better without him in it.

The pep talk appears to have worked as the next morning Peter is on the phone getting someone in to fix the broken fridge.


What Happened Next at Peter's?

Gordon revisited and all looked well, Peter had replaced the chefs in the kitchen and seemed to have started helping in the restaurant.

Reviews after Gordon visited say the place was just as bad after he left.

Peter's closed in December 2008 and the restaurant next door has expanded into the space.

Tina and Peter's father featured in the episode passed away in 2009.

It was revealed in a blog post on Cosa Nostra News that Peter had mob connections and was once working for the Bonanno family.

Peter's aired on September 19 2007, the episode was filmed in March 2007 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 1 episode 1.

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This post was last updated in October 2020.


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7 comments:

  1. Peter looked like he never worked a day in his life.

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  2. Peter "Peter Pasta" Pellegrino, formerly of the Babylon, New York, restaurant Peter’s Italian Restaurant, really is -- or was -- a gangster. These days, however, he is an empty-pocketed brokester. And the Bonanno family, with which he was once affiliated, has disowned him, as has the rest of La Cosa Nostra,according to Capeci's story, which is based on an interview with Peter Pasta, as well as FBI documents.

    But before all that he appeared on Kitchen Nightmares -- acting very much like the mobster he allegedly was trying to become in real life.

    According to Capeci, Peter Pasta, back before the show, was an up-and-coming Bonanno associate who "earned" $15 grand a week bookmaking and had not one but two boats parked in a nearby Babylon harbor, called Great South Bay.

    The bottom fell out a few years later for old Petey. His crime family put him on a shelf after he was falsely labelled "a rat," and one goodfella even pointed out to the restaurant's landlord that the Pellegrino's were technically violating a part of the lease agreement, resulting in the landlord throwing them out, Capeci writes.His family -- blood family -- disowned him after the restaurant crash.

    http://www.cosanostranews.com/2011/08/from-mobster-to-brokester-that-babylon.html

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    1. "Peter Pasta" LMAO!! That is the worst mobster/gangster name ever! Italian or not that's hilarious

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  3. I went to high school with the sister, very sweet girl. I never met Peter though.

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  4. Poor fella, did all seem to be coming to a head for him during the episode with multiple 'debt collectors' turning up at his joint while they were filming. When he was swinging that metal lump around the kitchen I think its the only time I've seen big Gord genuinely terrified haha.

    Pete was good TV for sure and a real character. It's a shame that his actions were so detrimental to those close to him although overall I think he has a good heart and can turn his life around.

    Good luck to you Peter Pasta, I hope things pick up.

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  5. You learn who the real problem is when you see Peter, who isn't the actual owner of the business, roll up in an expensive luxury car and brag about spending money that could fix up the kitchen on suits.

    I wonder how much money actually ended up with the sister who actually owned the business.

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  6. You have the cheek to label this as a "Gordon Fail" when in-fact it was that so called tough guy that totaled the business by not following advise.

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