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Original Episode Air Date: September 19, 2007
Peter's Italian Restaurant Address: 132 W Main St Babylon, NY 11702
Peter’s Italian Restaurant was a Babylon, New York restaurant featured on season 1 of Kitchen Nightmares. In fact, it was the first ever Kitchen Nightmares episode to air all the way back in September 2007.
In this episode of Kitchen Nightmares Chef Gordon Ramsay takes us to family owned restaurant, Peter’s Italian Restaurant, in Babylon, New York, where we meet the owner Tina Pellegrino, and the restaurant’s namesake, Tina’s brother, Peter Pasta Pellegrino, who is the restaurant’s host.
We quickly get a view of Peter’s out of control ego when Peter claims that he would rather buy a new suit instead of buying new equipment to keep the restaurant running smoothly.
Tina, who is struggling to deal with her brother Peter, claims that Peter’s obsession with his self image and inability to control his emotions is the restaurant’s core problem.
Gordon Ramsay arrives at the restaurant and meets the family, Chef Robert, and Peter’s friends Jerry and Jerry. Gordon then sits down to order food off the menu: a crab cake and lobster ravioli.
The salad that comes with the crab cake has rotten bits hidden within, the crab cake is cold and and it is apparent to Chef Ramsay that the crab meat is far from fresh, also, the lobster ravioli resembles baby food and is smothered with parsley.
When these issues are brought to the kitchen’s attention a huge argument breaks out where no one can get a word in without having someone speak over them.
The next day Chef Ramsay inspects the restaurant’s kitchen and discovers mold, rotten produce, a walk-in set at the wrong temperature, and a broken freezer.
It is obvious to Chef Ramsay that no money has been invested in the restaurant’s kitchen and that things desperately need to change.
Gordon has Peter and his father run the kitchen during a dinner rush to get a feel for how the kitchen operates; disaster quickly ensues when it becomes obvious that Peter has no idea what he is doing in the kitchen, causing an hour delay in the food being delivered to customers’ tables.
The next day Gordon reveals the new appliances he had installed in the restaurant’s kitchen, new plates, and a new refrigerator.
However, the biggest change was the change made to the menu, where Chef Ramsay changed the focus to family style dining with a lasagna special, grilled flank steak, capellini and a more appetizing lobster ravioli.
As guests start to arrive the kitchen caves under pressure and Peter struggles to manage the restaurant by being more concerned with his needs and not paying attention to the needs of the restaurant, but, after working out a few kinks the food starts to arrive from the kitchen and the relaunch becomes a success.
Peter's Italian Restaurant Update - What Happened Next?
Unfortunately, the changes made to the restaurant were too late, and the restaurant closed its doors in December of 2008.
After the restaurant closed, its space was taken over by the restaurant next door.
It was revealed in a blog post on Cosa Nostra News that Peter did in fact have mafia connections to the Bonanno family, a discovery that was too hard for the restaurant to come back from.
It makes sense that Peter acted like a mobster then because he really did have connections to the mob!
As of 2021, the old Peter’s Italian Restaurant location has been merged into the space occupied by the Post Office Cafe.
What happened to Peter Pellegrino from Peter’s Italian Restaurant?
There was a bunch of drama surrounding Peter Pellegrino and his mob connections. According to the last news we could find, Peter had a falling out with the mob and we’re not sure what’s happened to him since then.
What happened to Tina Pellegrino from Peter’s Italian Restaurant?
We can’t find any detailed information about what happened to Tina after Peter’s Italian Restaurant closed. However, according to her Facebook page, it seems like she’s moved to New York City. We hope she’s doing well.
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Last updated: 2021-11-25 08:08