Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Episode With Anaheim's Luigi's D'Italia Airs This Friday

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The day that all of Orange County has been waiting for...okay...too much: The day that a few interested parties who read food blogs and have gone to Luigi's in Anaheim have been looking forward to is upon us. This Friday, the Kitchen Nightmares episode featuring the tantrums of one Gordon Ramsay as he lays into Luigi's D'Italia, one of OC's most long-lived Italian eateries, will air on FOX stations at 8 p.m.

Full disclosure: I stopped watching the American version of the series about the third or fourth episode of the first season. The British originals were great. But with the newer stuff, the formula just got too predictable. Here's how an episode usually goes: Ramsay gags at the food; the owners/chef refuse to accept his cruelly honest criticism; a few people curse; the restaurant's (pick one) underappreciated/overworked/lazy/inept crew is seen teary-eyed when the newly made-over restaurant is revealed; the opening night will prove to be rough; a few more people will curse; the second night will be better; then there's hugs, kisses, gratitude, and some sort of acknowledgment of Ramsay's benevolence; the end; repeat again next week.

But as with all things on TV, it all changes when you've got a horse in the race. We've been talking about this episode on this infernal blog since it was announced, and I reviewed the place specifically because of his involvement. This makes me one of the interested parties. I've got it queued up on the DVR, and I'm looking forward to it. Really looking forward to it, as I'm sure is Gustavo, who was there during the taping.

Check back here after the show airs for more commentary...or if you can't wait, let out all your grievances now, as people have every time the subject of Ramsay's visit is brought up. Comment board is open.

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Susiecam
Susiecam

But what about all the fighting? Was it realy hapening?

Henness
Henness

My wife and I were at Luigi"s one week before they started the re-make. We went back just after it opened again, it will be the last time!!!!!! We love calimari and were disapointed when it was served, you don't cut down on the size of a serving that people are used to, if you need raise the price!!!!! We have been loyal customers since 1979 and are very disapointed, the decor might as well be a Pizza Hut!!!!!!!!

Guest
Guest

We went there for my birthday in Sept. The service was HORRIBLE, (some dark-haired woman in her fifties) the new decor was truly awful, but the food was delicious. If I ever go back it will be for carry-out only.

John
John

As a patron at Luigi's for many years, dating back to when they locate on Lincoln Ave., I was somewhat offended by the Kitchen Nightmares video.  Osso Buco is my favorite dish at Liugi's and remains as good as ever.  Granted the pasta may sometime be under or over cooked, but not by much.  In closing, if Gordon Ramsey is as good as it appears, he should NOT be involved with a 3rd rate TV show like Kitchen Hightmares.  And, as far as the decor is concerned 50% is iffy and rather cheap looking in my opinion as a person in the field of architecture.

Helen Bratter
Helen Bratter

10/14/2011 Tonight's Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Episode with Luigi D'Italia was touchy!!! There's alot of love among the family but it just need proper communications. xxx

TomH from Fullerton
TomH from Fullerton

If it was as great as everyone says, they wouldn't have needed outside help.  It was a failing business for a reason.

When I lived in Orange County, I quickly learned that you couldn't tell anyone anything negative about the status quo because they were in complete denial that they weren't living in God's Utopia any more.  Sadly, I had to move away.

If it was so great, why is it having problems? 

Totally Dissappointed
Totally Dissappointed

Well, we attended the taping, having frequented Luigi's for years, dating back to when it was on Lincoln.  It's been a while since we last visited.  The  pescatori was our dish of choice.  It was a total disappointment...total DISAPPOINTMENT.  I'm sure the bottomline will show improvement, at least on this dish.  Oh well, nothing lasts forever. Sorry to say we're done with Luigi's. And the new decor sucked.  And that's saying something given the long family style tables of old. 

DanGarion
DanGarion

My neighbor went there last week and he said the place looked terrible inside and that the "decorations" and what not looked cheap. (he's a contractor that does residential and commercial construction).

110uhaul
110uhaul

nobody cares about your personal viewer history of the show, you self righteous fuck

Dopeman_420_
Dopeman_420_

Ramsay is the best he works wonders with revamping i have been to a few of his re vamped restaurants and i love his food some of the best i ever had....tony 

JB
JB

I'm interested to see what the show portrays as "wrong" with the old Luigi's.  What is Ramsay going to "gag" at?  Not the moist, meaty, HOMESTYLE veal cutlets in a rich, tomato-y red sauce I had as recently as February. 

I said this in the summer...I'll bet a clueless broadcasting intern in Century City cold-called an alphabetical list looking for episode targets, and someone at Luigi's couldn't pass up the money and exposure, and let the cameras in on three weeknights in the dead of summer, when half their regulars are vacationing at Lake Arrowhead. 

Medusa97
Medusa97

I agree with your assesment of the unfortunate, predictable formula to each episode of Kitchen Nightmares.  I'm sure they have one detailed script for the entire series down to the second of when the kitchen colapses and all hope is (almost) lost, but then they make a comeback and everyone lives happily ever after.  Every episode is exactly the smae, yet each one is advertised as the most explosive yet.  I also ate there the week of the taping, before menu changes were made and was supremely disappointed in all of the food.  I will be curious to see this episode.

JB
JB

TomH - read the second paragraph of my first post, above. 

And I'd be the first person to rip the "status quo" if it was no longer meeting my expectations for taste and atmosphere.  Every restaurant is only as good as it's last visit, in my book. 

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

You're not far off. I know of at least four restaurants here in la naranja whose chefs were called by the producers' pitchpersons, and only one of them was one that's struggling.

I wish they'd picked Mamma Cozza's instead (though that's not one of the four I was talking about). I'd love to see a Ramsay vs. Fieri battle, and if it resulted in the restaurants serving good food, it might be worth it.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

As I said before, people who romanticize the "old" Luigi's are people who don't know about Rufino's—or even Cortina's, for that matter...

Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano

 Well, 'no shame' is your middle name, after all, ain't it, 'Tavo?

JB
JB

Esteemed Food Editor/Managing Editor, do you put tapatio on Cortina's food, too?  Now that's something I GAG at.

Agree on Mamma Cozza's...and the Ramsay/Fieri face-off would be great!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Bash me if you must, but using my name without making a joke about it? Not even a Gusano, or Areleva? WEAK SAUCE.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Tapatio on Italian food is okay; you need to throw in a dry, thick, spicy-as-hell salsa roja to make the flavors POP.

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