(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 5 | View All Season 5 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: October 14, 2011
Luigi's D'Italia Address: 801 S State College Blvd Anaheim, CA 92806
Luigi’s D’Italia was an Anaheim, California restaurant featured on season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Luigi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired in October 2011, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay took place earlier in July 2011. It was episode 4 of season 5.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay takes us to Luigi’s D’Italia, owned by Luigi Catizone and his family, in Anaheim, California.
With Luigi’s father helping with the financing of Luigi’s D’Italia, the restaurant was successful for many years after they opened, but in 1999, Luigi’s father retired and Luigi’s brother, Tony, stepped in to take his position, and ever the since the two dueling brothers have been a problem for the restaurant.
With over $1.5 million in debt, the restaurant can only stay open for one more month if things don’t drastically change for the better, and soon.
That’s a lot of debt to get out from under, so Gordon Ramsay definitely has his work cut out for him with Luigi’s.
Upon arrival it is pretty evident to Gordon that Luigi’s family does not get along with Tony’s family.
Hoping the food leaves a better impression than the owners, Gordon orders lunch and finds that the menu is huge with 126 items to pick from.
Gordon orders the ravioli dish, linguini, and the mahi mahi. The ravioli dish arrives first and Gordon notes that it is stuffed with 5 different cheeses and is obviously pre-made and from a box. Gordon states that the ravioli is horrible and doesn’t taste like cheese.
Next to arrive is the mahi mahi which Gordon finds to be too greasy and bland – it’s not going well so far!
Last to arrive is the linguini which Gordon finds weird, grainy, and just generally gross.
After giving his negative feedback to the defensive owners, Gordon comes back to observe how the restaurant operates during a dinner rush.
To Gordon’s shock, the food is coming out fast, but the food is also being sent back at the same rate.
The next day Gordon has a staff meeting while the owners watch via surveillance cameras.
Gordon asks the staff members to reveal what they think the problem with the restaurant is and they all agree it is the fact that they feel like they can’t talk to the owners, and if they attempt to, they start arguing.
The staff also states that the owners need to taste the food before it exits the kitchen and that Grace, Luigi’s wife, scares them and is rude and disruptive.
Afterwards, Gordon finds a way to help mend the broken relationship between Luigi and Tony and their wives.
That night Gordon’s team works hard to transform the restaurant by removing the outdated décor and making the restaurant look like an Italian getaway. Everyone loves the changes and Luigi is reminded of his father, Dominic.
Gordon’s team also revamped the complicated menu by simplifying it and featuring new seasonal dishes, the owners and the staff all love the new changes.
On the night of the relaunch there is positivity radiating through the air while Luigi is in charge of the kitchen and Tony is in charge of expediting.
The food is leaving the kitchen on time only this time it isn’t being sent back as the customers love what they are served.
Despite a minor hiccup of Tony disappearing, causing the food to stack up in the window, the night was a total success.
Luigi’s D’Italia received a 40% increase in sales after the show aired on T.V. October 14, 2011, being filmed in July 2011.
In September 2017 Luigi’s D’Italia closed the doors on their Anaheim location, but reopened at their new location in Fullerton, California December 2017.
Luigi's D'Italia Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the Luigi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, let’s talk about how the restaurant is faring since Gordon Ramsay’s visit.
Is Luigi’s from kitchen nightmares still open?
Yes! Luigi’s D’Italia is still open as of 2021. The original Anaheim location that was featured on Kitchen Nightmares has closed, but they reopened the restaurant in Fullerton, California and it’s still going strong. Reviews are excellent with a 4.5 star rating on Yelp.
Luigi’s D’Italia Reviews
Luigi’s D’Italia is one of the best-reviewed restaurants that was featured on Kitchen Nightmares. Here are its ratings for popular platforms as of 2021:
- Yelp – 4.5 star rating
- Google Reviews – 4.5 star rating
- TripAdvisor – 4 star rating
What happened to Luigi’s from Kitchen Nightmares?
After the Luigi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired, the restaurant had increased its business by more than 40% and everything was going great. They closed their original Anaheim location because the building was sold due to a family dispute, but they reopened soon-after in Fullerton California and the Luigi’s D’Italia is still doing great.
The new restaurant is located at 1032 E Bastanchury Rd Fullerton, CA 92835. You can learn more at the official Luigi’s D’Italia website.
Fun fact, in an interview with the OC Register, Luigi said that Kobe Bryant was a frequent guest at Luigi’s D’Italia before Kobe’s unfortunate passing.
Why did Luigi’s D’Italia close the Anaheim location?
The original Luigi’s D’Italia location in Anaheim was in a building owned by the family. However, according to Luigi, there was a family dispute that caused that building to be sold, which meant that they needed to move the restaurant. That’s why they moved to the Fullerton location.
What episode is Luigi’s on Kitchen Nightmares?
If you want to rewatch the Luigi’s Kitchen Nightmares episode, it was episode 4 of season 5. It aired on October 14, 2011.
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Last updated: 2021-12-04 04:22