The restaurant world can be a rough place to work. While breaking a dish may cause a moment's embarrassment for a waiter while the customers are around, it can be even more harsh once the meal is over…
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Italy, Rome. When she was a child, Nicoletta was taken in by her grandmother so that her mother could remarry. Now grown up, she leaves everything in the countryside behind to visit her mother and her mother's second husband, a restaurant owner. To her surprise, her stepfather did not know his wife had a daughter!
A restaurant she had previously visited, Casetta dell'orso is hosted by a cast of dreamy, cool gentlemen who all happen to wear glasses. This curious restaurant's staff include cameriere (waiters) Claudio, Luciano, and Vito, GiGi the sommelier, and chefs Furio and Teo. Because women find the staff so enchanting, business is bustling and reservations are extremely hard to come by at this little Roman treasure.
Amongst all this, Nicoletta decides, on a whim, to work at the restaurant. Gradually, she begins to become interested in one of the gentlemen...
Delicious food and dreamy gentlemen await at the Ristorante Casetta dell'orso. For everyone who works there, a tender connection to the hearts of each visitor is spun, and the curtain raises on a story about these first-rate Italian gentlemen in spectacles.
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Episode 8: Days of Yore
Nicoletta accidentally breaking Furio's fake glasses, along with the visit of an unexpected guest to the restaurant, stirs up old memories for Claudio. Reflecting back on what it was like when he was first working as a waiter, apparently it was extremely hard on the young Claudio. But throughout his travails, and there were some very serious travails, there would also be those who would show the basic human kindness that separates the ugly from the beautiful in this world.
The restaurant world is a rough business, and perfection is expected, especially from high end places. Claudio learns the hard way that he's not entirely suited to his first job, in a fancy hotel restaurant. But with some solid advice from a young woman he meets, and a recognition of why he wanted to become a waiter in the first place, Claudio finds the will to move on, and move forward in the line of work he has chosen.
The focus is firmly on Claudio this time, as we see how he met Furio a long time before either worked at Ristorante Casetta dell'orso. It apparently was not an easy path for the young Santo Claudio Paradiso when he was first working to become a cameriere. The price for making mistakes could be quite high. In the end, however, Claudio managed to find his place in the world and gain the confidence and attitude necessary to become a respected figure in his chosen line of work. In the end, it's all about finding the place that best suits you. Again, it seems that the placid surface of the restaurant belies that troubled paths that these consummate professionals may have taken to get there. If you're looking for action, this is not the show for you. If you like interesting characters, you might be taken in.
Japanese 2.0 Language; English subtitles.
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