Shows that do the impossible can’t seem to stay away from central Pennsylvania: An episode filmed at Mamma Lucrezia’s Pizzeria in Bellefonte will air at 10 p.m. on Sept. 24 on the Food Network.
The popular restaurant-saving show filmed at the eatery on July 16-17. Hosted by chef Robert Irvine, the show uses a budget of $10,000 to fix up a restaurant in two days — “the impossible,” as the show markets itself. It’s filmed at several Pennsylvania locations before, including stops in Harrisburg and Lancaster County.
This is how the show describes the episode, according to network representative Seth Hyman:
“Drama at Mamma’s”
Robert travels to Mamma Lucrezia’s restaurant in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, which is losing thousands of dollars a month and causing multiple family rifts. The decade-old restaurant is owned by feuding sisters Maria and Stefania, who are also faced with a competing Italian restaurant across the street, which happens to be owned by their brother. With excellent food coming from the kitchen, Robert focuses on the hurt feelings and trust issues holding these sisters back.
Aside from the made-for-TV drama every episode contains, Irvine’s general strategy to save restaurants is to downsize the menu while adding new decor and retraining the staff. For those unfamiliar, Irvine is a…character.
According to the Centre Daily Times, Irvine claims Mamma Lucrezia’s will be the “place to be, no doubt.”
The New York Times did an interesting story on the effectiveness of Irvine’s makeovers, only some of which became long-term solutions. For what it’s worth, the restaurant currently has a 4.6/5 star review from users on Google.