Gordon Ramsay filming at Pantaleone's this week for a segment on Kitchen Nightmares

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Let's hope that Gordon Ramsay doesn't walk off the job this week while he's in Denver filming footage for Kitchen Nightmares, the Fox reality show that most recently made headlines after Ramsay, the acerbic mouthpiece who hosts the show, concluded that Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, who own Amy's Bakehouse in Scottsdale, Arizona, were the epitome of stupid (he's right), causing Ramsay, for the first time in the show's history, to strut away from filming.

Beginning tomorrow night, Pete and Paulette Fafalios, who own Pantaleone's Pizza, will undergo similar scrutiny when Ramsay attempts to revamp the decades-old restaurant, whose signage claims it's home to "Denver's Best Pizza."

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And judging from the reviews on Yelp, Urban Spoon, Trip Adviser and other social media sites, there's a lot to like about the pizzeria, which averages four stars on Yelp, and even more on Urban Spoon. In fact, the most recent Yelp review -- a five-star review, mind you -- is particularly praiseworthy: "We stopped by for dinner the other night for the first time in years, and I've been kicking myself ever since wondering why we let so much time pass. Hubs used to frequent the place all the time as a kid, and always went on and on about how great it was, but I always wondered if it was really *that* good. It is. Period," writes Jen B.

Then again, Shy Y, who panned the joint, wrote: "To add insult to injury the staff in this establishment propped open the door and blasted religious christian music while saying "you're all going to burn in hell!" Shy Y goes on to point out that she "won't be trying their food and I will be telling everyone I know not to go there either."

Ramsay, of course, will be the ultimate judge, as will several diners, who are currently being recruited to occupy the tables during filming, which takes place all week. To be considered, send an e-mail to denverrest@gmail.com...and be prepared to answer a rather extensive questionnaire that asks, among other questions, "What are the best known pizza places in Denver?" and "Have you ever eaten at Pantaleone's?"

Best of luck to the Fafalios clan, who will hopefully take Ramsay's criticisms better than the owners of Amy's.



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Pantaleone's New York Pizza

2120 S. Holly St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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meanstreetsofsouthdenver
meanstreetsofsouthdenver

It's been awhile but back when I lived in South Denver this was the best pizza nobody ever heard of. I do remember coming in here after a few beers at Old Chicago Colorado Boulevard to pick up one to go, and seeing 6 DPD officers in there at various stages of their dinner. Made me want to be pretty careful not to slur any words....(I was pretty sure I was OK but it's a gray area down there in the .05 range..,.)  Sorry to hear they've declined enough to need a Kitchen Nightmares intervention.

joshmishell
joshmishell

We used to go to Pantaleones all the time growing up. Haven't been in a while. The food is awesome. I hope Gordo isn't too much of a dick - but I'm pretty sure that's all he knows.

Kris Call
Kris Call

Wow, this place has been there for years. I know the service sucks & they rarely answer the phones when you call to place a take out order, but their food is not bad, at least the stuff that is not pre-made/frozen.

smithlayla43
smithlayla43

Pantaleone's is my favorite restaurant.  I really hope they don't change it.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Gordon Ramsey needs to set up his own rest. eaten in one that was awfulllllllllllllllll

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

What a shame they used to have great pizza what happened!

Jamie Brady
Jamie Brady

what?? I've eaten there. it isn't bad. the owner does have a little bit of a NY attitude and it is in a crappy little strip mall, but surprising it would be on the show

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Oh man I totally want to eat there when they are filming! Love him and that show.

Lou Santos
Lou Santos

I will have to try em out. Fat Sully's has been the best to me so far.

Jesse Ryan
Jesse Ryan

haha.. you are the first person i thought of, looks like you beat me to the punch.

Kelly Kawabunga
Kelly Kawabunga

Westword, you just made my day! Load faster internet!!!

Scratch
Scratch

Wow, that is  a big cast of characters!  Pete F. + Gordon R. is pure entertainment gold!  

I also heard a rumor that The Old Neighborhood Restaurant in Arvada is on Kitchen Nightmares.  I've never been, so, I can't comment.

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