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Bayside restaurant to appear on Fox’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Friday

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A Bayside restaurant is set to wake up from its nightmare of failing.

Kati Allo restaurant, on 172nd Street, will be in the Friday season premiere of “Kitchen Nightmares,” a hit reality television show on Fox featuring chef Gordon Ramsay.

In “Kitchen Nightmares,” Ramsay, who is prone to foul language, visits restaurants around the country to identify and diagnose problems to help turn them around.

According to a preview clip of the episode, the Greek restaurant, opened by husband and wife Emmanuel and Christine Zavolas in 2000, is failing, which is threatening the couple’s marriage.

“Kati Allo in Queens, New York, was really a difficult situation. It was a husband and wife, whose marriage was completely being destroyed by the restaurant,” Arthur Smith, the show’s executive producer, said in the preview clip. “In this episode the one thing to note is that it is the greatest reaction we’ve ever had to a reveal.”

The preview hints that Ramsay’s solutions for the restaurant were favorable by the couple.

“I’m so excited, I’m so happy,” said Christine, who is the executive chef. “My passion came back.”

Kati Allo’s website now boasts: “Our new menu is created by the world famous chef Gordon Ramsay!”

To check out the episode, tune to Fox at 8 p.m tonight.



Reality show ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ coming to Bayside eatery

| mchan@queenscourier.com

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It might be a nightmare for Gordon Ramsay, but it’s a dream come true for one Queens restaurant and diners in the borough.

“Kitchen Nightmares,” a hit reality television show on Fox, is kicking off its sixth season with its first production shoot at Kati Allo in Bayside.

Internationally renowned chef Ramsay and his team will film in the Greek eatery at 29-06 172nd Street July 13-16.

Producers are looking for diners over 18 years old to sit in while the show is recording.

Those interested should email knqueensrest@gmail.com. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants will be asked to complete a thorough survey detailing how frequent they dine at Greek or Mediterranean restaurants in Queens and what style restaurant and qualities they look for in an eatery.

In “Kitchen Nightmares,” a no-nonsense Ramsay, who is prone to foul language, has one week to revive failing restaurants.

Kati Allo, which means “something else” in Greek, has been owned by husband and wife Emmanuel and Christine Zavolas for 14 years. They said they could not comment before the episode airs.

A spokesperson for the show said a date has not been set for the broadcast.

Donald Gardner, a local who patronizes the restaurant twice a week, said the ambiance and service could improve. He added that the young wait staff is somewhat error-prone, while “delivery guys hang out in the front all the time.”

“I’ve never seen it crowded in there at all,” he said. “But this area isn’t the bevy of hot restaurants.”

This is Ramsay’s second visit to Queens with the show and his fifth in New York City, officials said.

PJ’s Steakhouse in Forest Hills appeared on “Kitchen Nightmares” in February 2011, but the restaurant ultimately closed down.

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Kati Allo offers classic Greek cuisine

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After 13 years in Bayside, Kati Allo is the neighborhood go-to for classic Greek cuisine just like your yiayia used to make. The quiet atmosphere lends itself to a romantic date night or even just a special occasion out with family. Takeout and delivery options give locals the chance to enjoy good Greek in the comfort of their own homes. Whatever the event, Kati Allo is the perfect place for a Greek feast.

The tiny tavern’s menu offers everything from freshly caught seafood to mouthwatering gyros to incredible, authentic appetizers. We started our culinary tour with the haloumi – a white sheep’s milk cheese, grilled with lemon wedges. The thick slices of tangy cheese were complemented by the tart lemon and the char of the grill. We sampled the loukaniko, a Greek-style pork and lamb sausage, spiced with orange zest oregano and wine and completely unlike anything we’d ever tasted.

For our first entrée, we selected the broiled filet of sole — a simple recipe of fresh fish baked with lemon and olive oil and a well-deserved nod to the Mediterranean staple of quintessentially-effortless seafood dishes. The broiler adds the right amount of crisp to the top of the fish while underneath, the flaky, delicate meat awaits. Kati Allo offers an arsenal of souvlaki options as well, including pork doner, lamb and beef. We also ordered a combination entrée of the grilled chicken – marinated in lemon and olive oil – and the roast pork doner. The well-seasoned heaps of tender pork were perfectly scooped into crispy pita bread and topped with a touch of homemade tzatziki. The hot-off-the-grill chicken was artfully cooked and filling – just like great Greek poultry dishes should be.

While we sadly didn’t save room for dessert, Kati Allo offers sweet options like forever faithful Baklava and Galactobouriko – a custard-filled phylo dough pastry topped with light honey syrup.

Kati Allo’s owner said the eatery is in the process of undergoing a few menu changes to highlight the new season and some competition that’s recently entered the neighborhood. We think they’re perfect just the way they are.

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Queens

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Choosing the right restaurant for romantic Valentine’s Day dinner date can turn even Casanovas into klutzes. So for all you Queens cupids, here are some dinner deals that will be sure to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Aegean Cove, Astoria, Greek: The restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $49.95 per person.

Locale, Astoria, Modern Italian: This eatery’s Valentine’s Day special is a $65 three-course prix-fixe menu.

Veslo, Astoria, Croatian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu for $50.

Marbella Restaurant, Bayside, Spanish: Enjoy a romantic dinner and dancing in the “costa del sol” ballroom for $65 per person.

Valentino’s on the Green, Bayside, Italian: The restaurant will feature a prix-fixe menu and live entertainment for $59 per person.

Baby Ray’s, College Point, Steak/Seafood: Receive 10 percent off when you reserve a table in advance.

Il Triangolo, Corona, Italian: There will be seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for the restaurant’s $60 Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu.

Giardino, Douglaston, Italian: Enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $47.00 per person.

Strawberry’s Sports Grill, Douglaston, BBQ/Continental: Receive a complimentary bottle of champagne with the purchase of two entrees.

danny brown Wine Bar and Kitchen, Forest Hills: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $60 per person.

Wafa, Forest Hills, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern: Spend Valentine’s Day at Wafa and enjoy three-course prix-fixe menu for $34.95 per person.

Arturo’s Ristorante, Floral Park, Italiano: Enjoy a dinner with your loved one with three-course prix-fixe menu for $34 per person.

Deluge Restaurant, Flushing, Asian/American: Receive 10 percent off your meal with the coupon in this week’s Queens Courier.  The restaurant also features a prix-fixe menu for $59 per person.

Kati-Allo, Greek, Flushing: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $22.95 per person.

O Lavrador, Jamaica, Portuguese/Spanish: Spend Valentine’s Day dining on the food of the Iberian Peninsula with a $31 prix-fixe menu.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House, Kew Gardens: The eatery offers a $49 prix-fixe menu that includes a champagne toast.

Da Gianni’s Ristorante, Long Island City, Italian: Enjoy a specially created Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $35.

Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, Long Island City, Italian:  Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline while feasting on a three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $85.

Testaccio Ristorante, Long Island City, Contemporary Roman: A four-course prix-fixe menu with complimentary glass of wine for $60.

Tournesol Bistro Francais, Long Island City, French: Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu for $39 per person.

Water’s Edge Restaurant, Long Island City: The restaurant with views of Manhattan offers two Valentine’s Day deal: An $80 prix-fix menu featuring a live pianist and a $100 prix-fixe menu which includes a champagne toast, open bar from 7-11 p.m. and live DJ.

Trattoria Neo, Whitestone, Italian: Valentine’s Day includes a complimentary glass of wine and rose to go with a $49.95 prix-fixe menu.