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Original Episode Air Date: March 26, 2010
Anna Vincenzo's Address: 1930 NE 5th Ave Boca Raton, FL 33431
Anna Vincenzo’s was a Boca Raton, Florida restaurant featured on season 3 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Anna Vincenzo’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on March 26, 2010, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay happened all the way back in July, 2009. It was episode 9 of season 3.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Anna Vincenzo’s, in Boca Raton, Florida, where we meet the owner, CeCe.
CeCe is a self-taught cook who doesn’t think there are any rules when it comes to cooking, her menu is based on serving whatever she likes and wants to cook at the time.
When the restaurant first opened, business was booming and she was making a lot of money. However, the restaurant started to decline; it has gotten so bad and overwhelming that CeCe is now losing interest in her own business.
CeCe is on the verge of bankruptcy and is about to lose her house, with over $190,000 in debt owed to her father.
When Gordon arrives he is impressed with the decor of the restaurant. He meets CeCe, CeCe’s father, and CeCe’s husband, Michael, Who is also the head server.
Gordon then sits down to eat and orders the salmon divino salad, snapper Anna, and a pizza.
When the salmon arrives it is dry and overcooked, and despite the restaurant claiming that the salmon is fresh, Gordon can tell that it was frozen.
When the snapper Anna arrives Gordon claims that it looks like a dog’s dinner, which isn’t something you want to hear about food from a restaurant.
Last to arrive is the pizza and Gordon says that it is soggy in the middle and crispy on the outside and very bland.
Afterwards, Gordon gives his feedback to CeCe and the kitchen staff, but CeCe is defensive and not receptive to Gordon’s criticism. In fact, more than just not listening to Gordon, they get angry in response to him.
Later that night Gordon returns to observe the restaurant during a dinner rush.
He begins by inspecting the kitchen, where he finds frozen gnocchi and a tray of over-cooked meatballs.
The food that night goes out quickly, but it is sent back just as fast, and the customers are unhappy with what they received.
The next day Gordon comes in and tells CeCe that the menu is too big and has a negative effect on the kitchen.
Gordon then introduces a special that is not only fresh but it’s delicious. Gordon’s aim is to position the restaurant as an ideal place to get value and quality for a family dinner.
Gordon revamped the menu by eliminating a lot of the items and introduced a family style lasagna special and a new soup.
That night Gordon and his team give the restaurant a makeover with new tableware, a caricature of CeCe, and a new family style menu.
As part of the makeover, Gordon invites players from a bunch of local sports teams for a pizza contest, including the Miami Dolphins (football), Miami Heat (basketball), and the Florida Panthers (hockey).
Gordon also has the staff taste the new menu items and they all love it.
The night of relaunch and the service starts with the food going out quickly and enjoyed by the customers. At the end of the night the customers complimented the food and the relaunch was a total success.
Anna Vincenzo's Update - What Happened Next?
While things seemed to be going well after the Anna Vincenzo’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired, the good times would not last.
Despite the high note at the end of the episode, Anna Vincenzo’s closed in April 2010, one month after the episode aired. Remember, the episode was actually filmed in July 2009, so the closure actually happened around nine months after Gordon’s visit.
Gordon revisited the restaurant in the Kitchen Nightmares revisited #5 episode from season 4 in 2011. This was the same episode where he revisited Le Bistro and Lido di Manhattan. In his visit, he found that the restaurant was closed.
Instead, he ended up visiting CeCe and talking about why she closed the restaurant. In the revisit, we see that CeCe had lost a lot of weight – congratulations to her on her weight loss.
Why did Anna Vincenzo’s close?
CeCe said that the sold the Anna Vincenzo’s restaurant so that she could spend more time with her kids. The reviews after Gordon’s visit were actually fairly positive, so it does seem likely that this was the reason rather than issues with the restaurant itself.
As of 2021, the old Anna Vincenzo’s location is now occupied by an Indian restaurant called Arun’s Indian Kitchen & Taco Masala. The reviews for the restaurant seem good, as it has a 4.5 star rating on its Yelp page.
What happened to CeCe from Anna Vincenzo’s?
Other than CeCe’s weight loss and generally lower stress life, we’re not sure what else CeCe is up to. We hope she’s healthy and enjoying more time with her children.
What happened to Michael from Anna Vincenzo’s?
After Anna Vincenzo’s closed, Michael opened a new restaurant called Il Contadino in Delray Beach, Florida. As of 2021, Il Contadino is still open and has a four star rating on its Yelp page. Congratulations to Michael on his success!
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Last updated: 2021-12-01 11:24