Restaurant Impossible - Stella's Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Stella's Italian Restaurant Restaurant Impossible

In this Restaurant Impossible episode, Chef Robert Irvine visits Stella's Italian Restaurant in Stratford, Connecticut.

Here he meets owner Michael and his mother Camille, Michael is working 90 hours a week in the restaurant.

The restaurant they have owned for 15 years is $500,000 in debt and losing money every day.

Robert isn't impressed with the decor as the booths close off the restaurant and make it appear smaller.

Michael does not know how to run a restaurant, he has poor leadership skills and has no idea about the finances of the restaurant including his food costs.

The food is poor as they attempt to cut corners including failing to properly drain the pasta so every dish ends up watery and the customers find the decor dated.

They believe they are being propped up by the catering side of the business but they are delivering catering jobs at a loss, they lost $20 on their last booking.

The menu and decor desperately need Robert's help and he revives both, with a modern makeover for the restaurant moving the booths to the atrium and there was retraining for the cooks.

On relaunch night, the customers love the new bright decor and the new menu and Camille steps up as General Manager.

What Happened Next at Stella's Italian Restaurant?

In the months after the show was filmed, sales were up 20% and Camille was more involved with the restaurants finances.

Michael has continued to develop his management skills and the customers love the new food and decor of the restaurant.

The restaurant went out of business in August 2014 and reviews prior to closure were mostly positive.

Recipes in this episode

Tuscan Shrimp

Eggplant Parmesan

Stella's Italian Restaurant was Restaurant Impossible season 4 episode 4 and aired on August 08 2012.

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This post was last updated in November 2019.

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