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Sapori D'Italia Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Sapori D'Italia in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Sapori D'Italia is owned by Gasper and wife Maria and other members of the Manno family also work in the restaurant, Gasper is in the kitchen whilst Maria is front of house.

The restaurant has an outdated menu of bad food but also a broken family who constantly argue loudly and they will argue in front of the customers.

The restaurant is losing money $5000 month and is $200,000 in debt. If the restaurant closes they will lose everything including their house.

The family constantly meddle in each others areas of the restaurant, they struggle to work together, there is a lack of respect and they and wind each other up every day.

There is a reputation amongst locals for arguments in the restaurant which has damaged their reputation.

When Robert arrives he compliments the decor and can't understand why the restaurant isn't busy.

Robert samples the food and finds it poor with bland dishes on offer with prepared sauces and the service is poor as staff aren't friendly and aren't managed.

The decor and menu is given a revamp but Robert mostly focuses on mending the fractured relationships amongst the family.

Robert bans the family from bringing up the past as they are to focus on the future of the restaurant.

The relaunch is a success with customers loving the new decor and the food and the lack of arguments from the family!


What Happened Next at Sapori D'Italia?

Within a few months business had increased, $8000 a week for 3 weeks following the shows filming but this slowed to a 30% increase that has remained year after year.

There are not only new customers but returning customers who love the menu which still includes Roberts dishes but also customer favourites from their original menu.

They have redecorated the dining room since the show and have replaced some of the furniture.

None of the original kitchen staff still work at the restaurant. David still works at the restaurant but Jonathon has moved onto other prospects.

Sapori D'Italia is open and reviews are very good on both Yelp and Trip Advisor.

Sapori D'Italia was Restaurant Impossible season 5 episode 7 and was aired on January 23 2013

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This post was last updated in January 2020.


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