Restaurant Impossible - Mamma D's - CLOSED

Mamma D's Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Mamma D's in Pipersville, Pennsylvania.

Mamma D's has been open 15 years and owner Luigi has combined all his passions into one building: Italian restaurant, farm, vineyard and wine shop.

Robert arrives and his initial thoughts is that the exterior looks gaudy. There are free range chickens and an overwhelming animal smell.

Robert was totally against the animals being on the premises, mainly for food safety reasons but also because of the smell and this was his first change that he suggested.

He told Luigi to take the animals home to his ranch. The food station was preparing different items than the main kitchen and not doing so very well was also removed.

Luigi's son Louie, who is a fully trained chef but wasn't given any freedom in the kitchen was promoted to head chef.

The dining room was given a revamp with a new wine store, brighter decor and with a lot of the clutter being removed from the restaurant for a more simple theme.

The menu was also updated to feature more modern dishes.

What Happened Next at Mamma D's?

Reviews after Robert visited were mostly good.

He didn't keep Roberts menu and reverted to a menu using fresh ingredients from the family's farm.

A year on and business was better than it was but still a struggle due to the economy of the area.

Mamma D's closed in October 2013.

Recipes featured in this episode

Pan Seared Bronzino with Mushroom Pan Jus

Pasta Fagioli

Mamma D's was Restaurant Impossible season 2 episode 8 and aired on September 7 2011.

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This post was last updated in December 2019.

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