On last night's episode of "Restaurant: Impossible," Robert Irvine went to Mason, Ohio to visit Aponte Pizzeria in this episode titled “Pie in the Sky.”
Robert came to the restaurant to meet with Tony and Sommer Aponte. He is an ex-Jersey boy who hoped to bring a slice of Jersey to Ohio's pizza. With the restaurant failing, they called in Robert for their last hope. Tony has three daughters and while growing up, they experienced a dad who worked all the time, missing out on a lot of their time. He now wants to make it up to them.
When Robert arrived, he noticed the front of the place was practically hidden from view. Signs sending customers to another door led them on a wild goose chase. The interior was old, dirty and in ill-repair. The place screamed for help. When Tony confessed to all his debts, even Sommer was not aware of the dire situation they were in. When Robert asked him why he just did not walk away, he stated that he had nothing else and to work at another place would never pay him what he is worth.
When Robert observed a service, they had plenty of complaints and found nothing wrong in his cooking or food. Robert knew that he had a tough owner on his hands. The mushrooms on someone’s pizza were rancid, and he brought them out for the customer to smell; she clearly saw how they smelled. Tony denied that anything was wrong with them.
Robert sampled several items, and each one had not enough seasoning. He told Robert that his taste buds were off. Tony admitted that his sauce was bland on the lasagna and uses the same sauce on every other dish in the place; meaning everything was bland. He defended his food that hasn’t changed in twenty years and walked out to blow off steam. He does not back down, and Robert will have to reprogram his hard drive. When he returned, he told Robert that he would be open minded, but Robert has seen stubborn owners before.
They emptied the place out and got started. He took the staff to the back and asked them what the problems were? Tony yells a lot and it affects the staff, who then pass it on to the customers. Tony’s heart is in the right place, but he needs a new direction.
While the design team was furiously trying to make up for lost time while Robert convinced Tony to change his ways, they were busy with the remodel. The gross green rug with holes was replaced by a laminated wood floor and the 1980s décor was brought to the current century.
The next day, after Tony did his homework and came up with a plan for change. In the kitchen, Robert showed the staff and Tony how to make sauce with more flavor, and they each made a different pizza. When the cooks tasted them side by side, Robert’s won hands down, but Tony did not seem completely convinced. Then Robert challenged him to make two more pizzas his way and Robert made two his way. They took them to a local firehouse to let the people decide. Robert’s won two to one.
Now with the front door a new easy access, Robert took Tony and Sommer inside. They were awestruck at the changes. So modern and clean with a fresh new look and inviting décor. When his daughters came in to see the place, he was thrilled at how they felt about his restaurant and growing up. They loved him dearly and knew what a great father he was. Cheryl and Tom came in to receive the much-deserved gratitude. The entire restaurant was filled with happy people who just loved the food and new interior. Having an easily accessible front door was also a blessing.
Thanks to Robert and his crew of "Restaurant: Impossible." this restaurant and family have found a new brighter future.
At the end of each show, Robert tells viewers to check his link to see how the restaurant is doing since his visit. If you liked what you read, please click on the "Subscribe" button above, and you will never miss another post from this New Jersey Examiner. Thanks!