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Season: 7 | View All Season 7 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: April 11, 2014
Pantaleone's Address: 2120 S Holly St Denver, CO 80222
Pantaleone’s was a Denver, Colorado restaurant featured on season 7 of Kitchen Nightmares. The Pantaleone’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on April 11, 2014, but the actual filming and visit from Gordon Ramsay happened much earlier in July 2013. Pantaleone’s was episode 2 of season 7.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to Pantaleone’s in Denver, Colorado, a restaurant specializing in pizza and owned by husband and wife team, Pete and Paulette Fafalios.
Pantaleone’s opened its doors in 1985 and was a bustling restaurant in the 90’s with Pete Fafalios’ pizza making skills winning multiple awards.
However, Pantaleone’s better days seem to be behind them as the couple now face the daunting fact that they will soon have to close their restaurant for good if Chef Gordon Ramsay can’t save them.
Upon arrival, Gordon is greeted by the couple and their son, Josh.
Gordon quickly finds out that Pete is a hands-on owner, but they choose to close the restaurant on Sunday and Monday, the two busiest pizza delivery days of the week.
What’s more, Gordon soon finds out that the restaurant doesn’t offer a delivery service, either. A pizza shop without delivery in the 21st century? That’s crazy! With issues like this, you can’t be too surprised that Pantaleone’s was struggling.
The restaurant is a family-owned business so Chef Ramsay inquires into when Josh, age 33, will take over the family business, only to find out that Pete has yet to train and teach Josh, leaving Josh very frustrated.
It’s time to eat as Chef Ramsay sits down and orders a sausage pizza, toasted meatball hero, calzone, and a linguini off the menu. While waiting Chef Ramsay notices the décor of the dining room and compares it to a hospital waiting room.
The calzone arrives first and Chef Ramsay first notices the enormity of the calzone, claiming it to be too full and cold in the middle.
The sausage pizza arrives next and it is equally as enormous as the calzone and the dough is still raw and dripping with grease and oil.
Unfortunately, Pete, who cannot and will not let the glory days of the past go, refuses to accept Gordon’s feedback and insists that his pizza is the best pizza in the city of Denver.
The meatball hero arrives next and Gordon compares it to a diaper full of meatballs due to it being too big and soggy.
Lastly, the linguini and clams arrive and Chef Ramsay complains that it is bland, made with canned clams, and too watery as Gordon can empty the clam juice found at the bottom of the dish into a glass.
Gordon sits down with the kitchen staff afterwards to give his feedback, claiming that eating the restaurant’s food has been his worst experience thus far.
Unfortunately, Pete disagrees with Gordon on all his complaints of the food. Gordon also updates the menu with more traditional Italian pizzas with modern contemporary twists added.
The next day, Gordon sets up a taste test where he puts Pete’s pizza up against the best pizza in Denver and a store bought pizza to see what people rate Pantaleone’s pizza.
The Fafalios are watching via a video link and witness the public rate their pizza the worst of the three options, receiving only 10% of the votes, leaving Pete speechless and in shock.
After much deliberation, Pete agrees to changing the way he makes the Pizza.
Chef Ramsay wants to help mend the father/son relationship, so he sends the two to Las Vegas to visit a pizza restaurant that has been open for 100 years and has seen four generations of owners.
While Pete and Josh are in Las Vegas, Gordon gives Pantaleone’s a makeover, replacing the plastic tablecloths, removing the wooden paneling, and brightening it up a bit with more contemporary pictures of family and Italy on the walls.
It’s the night of the relaunch and despite some bickering between an overwhelmed Pete and Josh, the night was a total success.
Pantaleone's Update - What Happened Next?
After the Pantaleone’s Kitchen Nightmares, things initially got off to a bit of a rocky star as Pete said that the restaurant was having some issues with regular customers who didn’t like the menu.
This happened after Gordon Ramsay visited, but before the episode aired. Remember, there was a nine month gap between when the makeover happened and when the Pantaleone’s Kitchen Nightmares episode aired on TV.
However, those issues were short lived as overall the restaurant’s business was improved by around ~70% after the episode aired.
So – is Pantaleone’s still open in 2022?
Yes, Pantaleone’s restaurant is still open and doing well in 2022. Customers seem very happy and Pantaleone’s has a four star rating on Yelp and a 4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor.
Additionally, Pantaleone’s has since expanded and start offering delivery service via GrubHub and Slice. However, they’re still closed on Sundays, just as they were during the episode.
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Last updated: 2022-01-19 06:56