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Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: May 16, 2014
Bella Luna Address: 3417 Sullivan Trl Easton, Pennsylvania 18040
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The scene opens to an Italian restaurant just outside of downtown Easton in Pennsylvania – Bella Luna. Owned by mom Rosaria, who bought the place in 2010 for son Gianfranco when he completed culinary school and Maurizio – her other son, Bella Luna does not stand anywhere close to its name, leave alone do justice to it.
Having survived 3 years, this Italian place is the chosen challenge of Chef Gordon Ramsay for this week. The only question on the owner’s and chefs’ minds is “Why isn’t our restaurant thriving?” Enter Gordon Ramsay — who is welcomed by the only sane person on the staff, the manager Traci — against the backdrop of a disgusting décor.
Traci describes the eatery’s interior as a morgue and criticizes owner Rosaria for lacking organizational and leadership skills. The place, along with its occupants, is messed up and sub-par.
Rosario, the owner, is adamant that the community they serve is a fan of frozen food and unable to truly cherish freshness of food here. Post promises of fresh and authentic Italian food from Rosario, Gordon sits down to sample three dishes on the menu – Veal Saltimbocca, Penne alla Vodka and Mussels Marinara.
None of the dishes are able to capture even a shred of his appreciation and he labels the veal as overcooked and repulsive, the pasta sauce as baby vomit and the mussels as super chewy and frozen. Neither is the food authentic, nor fresh.
On further questioning, Ramsay finds out that Rosaria is unaware and in constant denial over the use of frozen foods and produce. Whereas, Gianfranco and the other chefs honestly reveal to him that they can’t keep fresh mussels since the menu is too large.
Their regular dinner service is no-better and Gordon points out that the place even lacks basic tickets for orders and make-do with scraps of white paper.
Gordon then goes on a heist down the deep freezer and walk-in refrigerator where he confronts frozen chicken, shrimps, and moldy and smelly food. With no ownership of the mess on the owner’s part, the place is shut down that very instant.
The very next day, a fake trial is held in a public building amidst some old customers where charges are filed against the owner for being a pushover and lazy, and against the chef for losing his passion and not having a voice.
Relaunch evening soon arrives where the restaurant staff are dumbfounded on walking into a radiant version of Bella Luna filled with rustic charm, credits Gordon Ramsay. New menu, new food, and new machines are able to convince the disgruntled customers and the staff; the relaunch turns into a success despite a few hiccups.
Bella Luna Update - What Happened Next?
The place got busy post the not-so-perfect relaunch and was able to follow the roadmap for as long as 3-4 months. Business increased significantly but a major hurdle came their way when they ran into a dispute with the landlord. Bella Luna is currently closed and is looking for a new location with hopes of a brand new reopening.
Unfortunately, the restaurant only made it 3.5 months after their Kitchen Nightmares episode aired.
Bella Luna was also accused of illegally selling alcohol by state police, which probably didn’t help their chances of staying open.
Only time will tell if they’re able to re-open with a more favorable landlord! So keep watching this space for more!
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Last updated: 2017-05-02 04:09