Episode 4: Casetta Dell’orso (カゼッタ・デッロルソ)
Can you spot the Lipton Tea? Nice and subtle inclusion.
Rispara is back with an episode after skipping a week. This time we’re getting more exposition on the humble beginnings of the ristorante. We get to see the original staffers of Casetta Dell’orso too. There’s more focus on Lorenzo and how he set up the ristorante out of love for Olga. So now we know that he and GiGi go back a long way even before the existence of the ristorante. It seems that we’ll be seeing more of their early friendship next episode.
Overall, it’s a decently enjoyable episode. However, the flashback transition at the start of the episode confused me at first. I was a tad puzzle as to why Luciano was working at another place but everything falls into place later on. My favourite part of the show was when Lorenzo went out interviewing the prospective staffs. It’s interesting to know that Luciano was his first candidate because Olga had admired him when they both frequented the place where he was bar tending. Apparently, Olga fancies ogling at older gents. Her peculiar obsession led Lorenzo into hiring staffs of 50 yrs and above for his ristorante just to cater to her eccentric whims. Poor Dario felt left out among the older gents. I’m guessing that’s why he left. Then there’s the thing with the spectacles which started out because the oji-sans require glasses to read the fine print. It sort of sparked Olga’s interest even more and that is to have them wear glasses when working.
I just don’t get the fact that Lorenzo was willing to go so far to make Olga happy but yet he is unwilling to accept her with child. If he loves her that much then it shouldn’t be a problem for him to accept Olga as a divorcee. Or was it because Olga is the one who’s selfish and self-centered? Maybe she really didn’t want a kid to interfere in her new found romance at the time. She flat out cringe when Nicoletta turns up at the ristorante in the first episode. Then, she stood Maurizio and his grand daughter up in this episode. Geez, sending Lorenzo with a bunch of flowers for Maurizio doesn’t cut it. Somehow, it’ll only reinforce my image of her as being a slightly selfish person who wanted things to revolve around her but excludes her daughter from her new life. It’s ironic that in the end, Nicoletta ended up working at the ristorante. I’m hoping that Lorenzo will eventually learn the truth and then we’ll see how deep his love for Olga really is.
An old friend returns for a visit to Casetta Dell’orso with his grand daughter. Nicoletta recognized the plump looking gent as one of the bloke in the photos. It’s Maurizio. He used to be partners with Lorenzo and help out in the kitchen in the early days of the ristorante.
The birth of a ristorante: The interviews – How Lorenzo snag a reluctant Luciano and Claudio, a 20yr veteran in the service industry to come and work for him. The way he quietly realized that the two gents looked appealing with their glasses on, was quite funny.
Next was Vito who spotted the vacancy sign outside the yet to be opened ristorante when he was out jogging. He got himself an interview. The others were impressed with his bespectacled good looks and physique. With him on board, the service team is beginning to take shape.
And now it’s time to introduce the original kitchen staff to the newly engaged service staff who added one more member to their ranks. GiGi joins the service side as a sommelier. The kitchen staff includes Maurizio (Lorenzo’s partner), Vanna (head chef) and her assistant, Dario who turns out the be the youngest staff in the early ristorante team. I guess he was around the same age as Nicoletta. These three eventually left and were replaced by Furio, Teo and Nicoletta. Lorenzo was happy that his surprise for Olga was slowly falling into place.
No, no. It’s not nice for the hosts to keep their special guests waiting. That poor little girl is hungry. The ristorante is starting to get busy with customers. Such a disregard for punctuality annoys Nicoletta who quietly fumes that Olga is probably still at work. She is however amazed and inspired by the ristorante’s history which Maurizio and Claudio relates to her.
A surprise preview of the soon to be opened ristorante ‘Casetta Dell’orso‘ for a delighted and teary-eyed Olga. Suteki ne! She immediately fell in love with the genteel bespectacled oji-sans that Lorenzo hired. Poor Dario felt completely left out just because he’s young and isn’t a four-eyed like the oji-sans and Vanna. I guess he left because he couldn’t fit in with the older folks. But I also like to think that Olga was a bit mean with her wacky preference and Lorenzo letting it slide because he did it all for her sake.
In the end, Olga failed her guests…in a way Lorenzo did too because he was late…probably being kept waiting by Olga. A bunch of flowers and a box-o-chocs are poor replacements for a blatant no show. Nicoletta certainly does not appreciate Olga’s selfish behaviour. I won’t too. It’s not unforgivable but it’s just bad. It amuses Claudio to see Nicoletta’s reaction and fervour to work hard, knowing her little secret about Olga. I think Lorenzo is just too nice a guy!