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Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: February 5, 2010
Bazzini Address: 28 Oak St Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Bazzini was a Ridgewood, New Jersey restaurant featured on season 3 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Bazzini Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in February 2010, but the actual filming and Gordon Ramsay visit took place in July 2009. This episode was episode 3 in season 3.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Bazzini, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where we meet the owners, Paul and Leslie Bazzini.
Since becoming a restaurant owner five years ago, Paul has quickly become overwhelmed by running the business.
When the restaurant opened, Leslie truly believed that the restaurant was going to be a success.
Now, the restaurant is supported financially by Leslie, and it is only open for limited hours in the evening.
Leslie claims that she is scared on a daily basis that they won’t be able to pay their bills.
When Gordon arrives, he walks around the premises and notes that there are many other restaurants around.
Gordon is confused to find that the doors to Bazzini are locked and the restaurant is closed.
Paul then arrives at the restaurant and invites Gordon in. Gordon then tells Paul to cook him something special instead of him ordering from the menu.
Gordon notes that the restaurant is very cramped, narrow, and the décor is very depressing.
When the food arrives Gordon is not impressed at all, the fettuccine is cold and bland and the chicken is hard and dry.
Gordon is then served the mushroom risotto which was stuck to the plate, Gordon states that the dish was disgusting and tasted mushy.
Lastly, Gordon is served an almond crusted tilapia dish with rice, and once again, it is bland, greasy, and mushy.
Gordon asks for dessert and is served a slice of cheesecake and carrot cake which he loved, commenting that the cake was delicious and was made with passion by Sharyn, the pastry chef. See, Gordon Ramsay does like the food on Kitchen Nightmares sometimes.
After the disappointing lunch, Gordon decides to observe the dinner rush.
To Gordon’s dismay he finds out that the crab cakes are pre-cooked after being prepared the day before.
With tickets taking over an hour to get out the kitchen, customers are becoming impatient, and when they do receive the food they are not satisfied, as the dishes they received were either cold or overcooked.
The next day, Gordon returns and tries to reignite Paul’s passion for cooking
With Gordon and Paul working together, they were delivering excellent pasta dishes in very little time, resulting in a successful lunch and very pleased customers.
Later that night, Gordon and his team worked tirelessly to renovate the restaurant with a fresh, contemporary theme.
The menu was also given a makeover by eliminating a lot of the older dishes and featuring fresh pasta dishes and desserts.
The night of relaunch was an overall success. Despite long ticket times and some issues with Paul in the kitchen, the customers were overall happy with the dishes when they did receive them.
Bazzini Update - What Happened Next?
After Gordon Ramsay visited Bazzini, the restaurant did stay open for a time, but it never seemed to get any traction as there were only a couple of reviews on the Yelp page.
To make matters worse, Sharyn left the restaurant to start her own baked goods business. If you recall, Sharyn’s desserts were the only thing that Gordon Ramsay liked about Bazzini.
As a result, it closed soon after the Bazzini Kitchen Nightmares episode aired.
Gordon Ramsay did revisit Bazzini in one of the Revisited episodes from season 4. It aired on February 11, 2011 and was the same episode where he revisited Mojito in New York and Flamangos in New Jersey.
In the revisit episode, Gordon arrives to see a dark, empty restaurant, so you can definitely tell that things aren’t going well. He calls Sharyn and finds out that the restaurant is permanently closed, so he goes and visits Sharyn instead.
Of course Gordon Ramsay must’ve known that Bazzini closed – this is definitely a bit of reality TV staging going on.
You can see the revisit episode in this YouTube video – the Bazzini part start around the 40 minute mark.
The old Bazzini location is now occupied by a restaurant called Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine. The reviews on Yelp seem good.
Overall, the Bazzini owners didn’t seem to be happy with the Kitchen Nightmares experience. They told news media that they never really interacted with Gordon Ramsay when the cameras were off and felt like the show’s producers were always trying to stir up drama.
I mean, it’s a reality TV show, so I’m not sure what they expected, but I can still see where they’re coming from.
Why did Bazzini close?
Bazzini closed very shortly after the Kitchen Nightmares episode was aired. Yelp reviews said that the service was not good. We’re not sure about other reasons that caused Bazzini to close.
What happened to Paul Bazzini?
As of 2021, Paul Bazzini is doing some consulting under the business Clairmont Enterprises Hospitality Consulting. He was also the executive chef and co-creator at a restaurant called Hearth and Tap Co for a time, though he’s moved on from that position.
He ran the restaurant with his son, Andrew Bazzini. You can learn more in this 2017 article.
What happened to Sharyn from the Bazzini episode?
Sharyn was the dessert chef at Bazzini who made the desserts that Gordon Ramsay liked. After the Kitchen Nightmares episode, she left to start her own baking business called The Cake Lady. Her business is located in Harriman, New York.
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