Leone's Kitchen Nightmares Episode Airs Tonight

The South Park Street restaurant will be featured at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Rose Leone – or, as everyone refers to her, Mama Rose, – was considering having a party to ring in the episode of , which airs tonight, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. on Fox, but she’s a little apprehensive about what the show will be like. “We don’t get to see it before it airs,” she said, adding that they have no idea how their story will be told.

Gordon Ramsay and his crew showed up in early July and spent several days at the South Park Street restaurant. They revamped the décor of Leone’s – painting, changing art, adding table clothes – as well as the menu. 

“He gave us some really great recipes,” said Mama Rose, pointing them out on the menu. A peach Buratta in the Antipasto selections, and entrees including Rigatoni DiManzo – a short rib dish, Penne Zucca – a pasta with butternut squash, sage and ricotta, Cappelini La Bella – crab, chili, lime and basil, according to the menu, and Veal Chops with zucchini. 

Mama Rose glances heavenward when she mentions the butternut squash dish and is equally reverential toward the Funghi Misti pizza, which is made with wild mushrooms, truffle oil and Talleggio cheese. “That pizza is unbelievable,” she said.

As is the case with most Kitchen Nightmares episodes, Ramsay ripped things to shreds before putting them back together again. “He screamed at the kitchen staff,” said Mama Rose, adding that she fired the cook afterwards.

The restaurant applied to be featured in the Fox hit after Rose sustained a long, debilitating illness. When she returned to work after two years, the restaurant was a mess and she wanted to get it back on track. The crew came to shoot just as the block of South Park was being dismantled for its own renovation – a project that has since stalled and has left parking blockades in front of Leone’s for the duration. 

“We’ve worked with the changes that Gordon made,” said Mama Rose, adding, “I hope the show is good.”


John Lee September 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM
I saw the previews of the fridge cleaning segments and have to wonder if the Montclair Health Department actually inspects restaurant kitchens.
profwilliams September 30, 2011 at 01:40 PM
I'm with you, John. I am prepared to be grossed out. But I didn't know that mama was out ill. Glad she's back and working.
Raymond Helfrich October 01, 2011 at 07:10 AM
George Menelaou January 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Is there a Mama Rose Leone Facebook page. This woman is just so lovely and her story is heartbreaking. Reminds me of my mother I just wanna give her a big hug. Your number 1 fan from Australia Mama Rose, George


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