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  • John

Before Gordon's Arrival

Sales had dropped in both Mama Maria's and Sal's. John, the owner was not doing a good job managing the business and was overwhelmed running two restaurants, but is also stubborn and allows his kids to run free in the restaurant.

First Impressions

Gordon does not like the restaurant much and greets Fabio. When he meets John, he is told that the business was struggling because of other restaurants.

First Meal

Food Ordered

  • Tortellini di patate
  • Spaghetti meatballs
  • Margherita pizza

Impressions of the Food

  • Tortellini di patate: Bland
  • Spaghetti meatballs: He can tell they were frozen without even trying them, finding them rubbery and dry.

First Dinner Service


John gets angry at Gordon's feedback, and Gordon tells him he needs to modernize or close the restaurant. In the night, Gordon sees John making pizzas and ignoring all other orders in the kitchen. The rest of the kitchen staff handles the rest, but customers are left unsatisfied with a vegetarian customer even finding a meat bone in her tomato sauce. One other customer is found vomiting in the bathroom after eating a lobster, which was old and smelled like ammonia. John is forced to call an ambulance and the restaurant is eventually shut down.

Remainder of the Visit

Restaurant & Menu Remodel

Gordon replaces the awning with a bold modern new sign, also modernizing the restaurant's interior. There is a new menu with smaller dishes and uses new ingredients.

Final Service

Gordon invites food critics and the night ends well thanks to Gordon's presence.

After Gordon's Departure

Reviews are mostly positive.

Production Notes





  Kitchen Nightmares US - Restaurants
Season 1 Peter'sDillon'sThe Mixing BowlSeascapeThe Olde Stone MillSebastian'sFinn McCool'sLela'sCampaniaThe Secret Garden
Season 2 HandlebarGiuseppi'sTrobiano'sBlack PearlJ Willy'sHannah & Mason'sJack's WaterfrontSabatiello'sFiesta SunriseSante La BreaCafe 36
Season 3 Hot Potato CafeFlamangosBazziniMojitoLido di ManhattanLe BistroCasa RomaMama Rita'sAnna Vincenzo'sFlemingSushi-Ko
Season 4 Spanish PavilionClassic AmericanPJ's SteakhouseGrasshopper AlsoDavideDown CityTavoliniKingston CafeLa FriteCapriZeke'sOceana
Season 5 Blackberry'sLeone'sMike & Nellie'sLuigi's D'ItaliaBurger KitchenThe Greek at the HarborMichon'sEl GrecoPark's EdgeSpin-A-Yarn SteakhouseCharlie'sCafe HonChiarella'sZocalo
Season 6 La Galleria 33Mama Maria'sMs. Jean's Southern CuisineBarefoot Bob'sOlde Hitching Post Restaurant & TavernLevanti's Italian RestaurantSam's Mediterranean Kabob RoomNino's Italian RestaurantMill Street BistroYanni'sProhibition GrilleChappy'sAmy's Baking Company
Season 7 Pantaleone'sOld NeighborhoodKati AlloMangia MangiaZayna Flaming GrillBella Luna
Misc Revisited