Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 4: Trobiano’s, Great Neck, New York

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 4: Trobiano's, Great Neck, New York - CLOSED

UPDATED : 26 December 2019

In this kitchen Nightmares episode, Gordon Ramsay visits Trobiano's, Great Neck, New York. This Italian restaurant is owned by Anthony Trobiano and his girlfriend Tiffany's parents - Joe and Pat. In the introduction part, family explains that due to seeing each other constantly in this troubled situation resentment is there. Anthony opened up the restaurant with Tifanny’s parent's money and they are half a million dollars down due to the state of the restaurant.

Gordon arrives at the restaurant and sits with Anthony and the family. Tiffany tells Gordon that she does not want to work here and it is tough. Joe and Pat are stuck with the restaurant and cannot do what they want to do. Anthony runs the business and handles kitchen, Gordon points finger at him for dragging others down with his dream. For the next one hour, Gordon leaves and tells them that he will be back. When Gordon gets back, he is surprised to see the restaurant full of customers which is due to early bird promotion on dinner.

Episode Related Info:

Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 4
Restaurant Name: Trobiano's, Great Neck, New York
Filming: February 2008
Air Date: 25 September 2008
Restaurant Close Date: October 2008
Current Status: CLOSED

Is Trobiano's, Great Neck, New York closed?

Yes, Trobiano's closed in October 2008, the restaurant was seized by the state for not paying taxes. Anthony then became a Chef at Speranza Food Studio which closed in 2011.

Food Sampling:

Gordon orders eggplant tower, chicken wrapped shrimp and salmon with spaghetti bolognese. Gordon hates the eggplant tower because mozzarella in it is not good, eggplant tower is ghastly, cold and tasteless. Gordon is confused with next dish chicken wrapped shrimp, shrimp is rock hard and his third dish salmon is very dry, he sends it back to the kitchen for Anthony to try it. Early bird customers leave the restaurant early and when the restaurant should be full for dinner service, there is no customer. Gordon meets with the family after tasting the food and tells what is wrong with the food. Gordon tells them that big portion size is the problem and customers are taking 2 meals by paying for one. Anthony does not like Gordon’s comments and thinks them as one person’s opinion. After giving them his inputs, Gordon leaves the restaurant.

Trobianos Great Neck in kitchen Nightmares
Trobianos Great Neck in kitchen Nightmares

The family and Anthony start discussing their situation back in the restaurant. While walking back to the hotel, Gordon thinks of checking the kitchen and comes back to the restaurant. The kitchen is really dirty, probably not cleaned in a long time and Gordon finds mice droppings in the kitchen. Gordon asks Anthony and Joe to join him and shows them the state of the kitchen. Anthony admits that he does not clean the kitchen and staff should have done it, that is why staff is there. Gordon tells Joe that there is no chance of revival and walks out of restaurant again. This time though, Anthony runs after him and tells him that he is dedicated. Gordon comes back to the kitchen and along with Anthony and the family cleans the kitchen.

The next day Gordon takes them out to a farm to milk cows, all of them like the change and enjoy the time out as a family. After returning to the restaurant, Gordon teaches them how to make fresh mozzarella in 45 minutes. Gordon also adds fresh mozzarella dishes in the menu as specials. Gordon asks them to take down the early bird promotion and kitchen gets ready for proper dinner service. The customers love fresh mozzarella dishes, food is leaving the kitchen at a good rate, only issue Gordon sees in that Anthony is not tasting the food before sending it out. As Anthony is not tasting dishes, that leads to food being sent back. Fire alarm goes off and Anthony turns it off-putting kitchen behind in the queue.

Gordon with Trobianos owners in Kitchen Nightnares
Gordon with Trobianos owners in Kitchen Nightnares

Relaunch:

Overnight Gordon’s design team makes all changes to the decor of the restaurant, everyone like the new changes. Gordon trims down the menu and the dishes on the menu are rustic and simple. Gordon reveals the new dishes to the staff before the dinner service. Gordon also reveals that Editor of Bon Appetit Magazine Barbara Fairchild is joining them on the relaunch. The kitchen is running well and the food is going out at proper pace but Anthony runs into a confusion by server’s handwriting and duplicate orders are getting through, Gordon asks them to sort it out fast.

Customers are loving their food and there is only one dish that is sent back to the kitchen. Food critic table loves the food and all customers and critic on that table pass around dishes for tasting dishes. As a surprise for Anthony, Gordon presents him with an engagement ring as Anthony had been putting off proposing to Tiffany due to the state of the restaurant. As another surprise, Gordon makes arrangement for getting them married then and there in front of all the customers. Relaunch is successful with a happy ending.

What happened next?

Trobiano's closed in October 2008, the restaurant was seized by the state for not paying taxes (Links in the resources). Anthony then became a Chef at Speranza Food Studio which closed in 2011.

Anthony and Tiffany are still married and had a baby daughter in March 2010. He is currently Executive Chef at Cirella's Restaurant & Bar in New York. Online reviews are quite positive (Link in the resources).

 

Resources:

  1. Episode Info at IMDB
  2. Trobiano's Restaurant on Yelp
  3. Trobiano's closed by Tax Authorities
  4. Cirella's Restaurant & Bar on Yelp
  5. Anthony as Executive chef at Cirella's Restaurant & Bar

Is Trobiano's, Great Neck, New York closed?

Yes, Trobiano's closed in October 2008, the restaurant was seized by the state for not paying taxes. Anthony then became a Chef at Speranza Food Studio which closed in 2011.

 

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Episode Related Info:
Kitchen Nightmares (US) Season 2 Episode 4
Restaurant Name: Trobiano's, Great Neck, New York
Filming: February 2008
Air Date: 25 September 2008
Restaurant Close Date: October 2008
Current Status: CLOSED

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