Ristorante Paradiso

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (86)

Ristorante Paradiso is a charming romantic comedy that premiered on Fuji TV in 2009. The show follows the story of a young woman named Nicoletta, who travels from Italy to Tokyo to confront her absentee mother. Nicoletta's mother abandoned her when she was a child to work as a maid in a prestigious Italian restaurant in Japan. Unbeknownst to Nicoletta, her mother still works at the restaurant, "Casetta dell'Orso," which is known for its all-male staff of suave, middle-aged men who wear glasses.

Despite her initial misgivings, Nicoletta becomes enamored with the unique atmosphere and elegant cuisine of the restaurant. She accepts a job as a waitress and begins to get to know the quirky personalities of Casetta dell'Orso's staff. Some of the most notable characters include Lorenzo, the restaurant's charming and handsome head waiter; Vito, the aloof and enigmatic sommelier; and Gigi, the lively and outspoken bartender.

The show's tone is light-hearted and whimsical, with a touch of drama and heartwarming moments. Although the plot revolves around the restaurant and its staff, the real focus is on the relationships that develop between the characters. Nicoletta, in particular, grows close to several of the men at Casetta dell'Orso, all of whom become quasi-father figures to her. She eventually begins to question her priorities and goals in life, wondering if she should stay in Japan or return to Italy to pursue her dreams.

Each episode of Ristorante Paradiso is named after a different Italian dish, and the culinary theme is present throughout the show. Viewers are treated to mouthwatering scenes of dishes being prepared and gourmet meals being enjoyed by the characters. The food also serves as a metaphor for the different character traits and emotions that are explored in the show. For instance, the sweet and creamy "panna cotta" represents Nicoletta's affection for the restaurant, while the rich and complex flavors of a red wine embody the mature and refined personality of Vito.

The show's animation is a mix of hand-drawn and computer-generated imagery, which gives it a unique and charming aesthetic. The character designs are distinctive and memorable, with each member of the cast sporting a different style of glasses. The backgrounds are also beautifully rendered, with detailed depictions of Tokyo's cityscape and the countryside in Italy.

The voice acting in Ristorante Paradiso is top-notch, with each actor bringing their character to life with nuance and emotion. Kenji Nomura is particularly impressive as Lorenzo, imbuing the character with a sense of warmth and charisma that makes him stand out from the rest of the cast. Fumiko Orikasa is also excellent as Nicoletta, managing to convey a range of emotions with her voice, from joy and excitement to sadness and frustration.

In conclusion, Ristorante Paradiso is a delightful and heartwarming anime that is sure to make viewers smile. With its charming characters, sumptuous food, and gentle comedy, it's easy to get lost in the world of Casetta dell'Orso. Whether you're a fan of romantic comedies or food-themed anime, Ristorante Paradiso is definitely a show worth checking out.

Ristorante Paradiso is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on April 7, 2009.

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The People of the Ristorante
11. The People of the Ristorante
June 25, 2009
Olga's birthday party is coming up soon, but Nicoletta is more preoccupied with Gabriella and Claudio.
Secret Love
10. Secret Love
June 18, 2009
The widower Savina has her eyes on Luciano.
Day off from the Ristorante
9. Day off from the Ristorante
June 11, 2009
Nicoletta is determined to create a dish of her own, but she'll have to pass Teo's tough standards first!
Days of Yore
8. Days of Yore
June 4, 2009
Poor Nicoletta just can't stop making mistakes, but Claudio reminds her that things could be worse.
A Special Day
7. A Special Day
May 28, 2009
Luciano plans a big birthday party for his grandson while everyone else is secretly working to make it a great party for Luciano.
A Husband and Wife
6. A Husband and Wife
May 21, 2009
Lucia's husband has always flirted with other women, but now he seems to be worse than ever. Lucia decides to do some cheating of her own.
The Flavor of Orisini
5. The Flavor of Orisini
November 6, 2012
Gigi's a master when it comes to selecting the perfect wines for VIP customers, and his quiet nature and mysterious relationship with the restaurant's owner only make Nicoletta more and more curious about him.
The flavour of Orsini
5. The flavour of Orsini
May 6, 2009
Gigi is a strange character. He doesn't say much but his history with the owner of Casetta dell'Orso goes back much further than imagined.
Casetta dell`orso
4. Casetta dell`orso
April 29, 2009
Marzio, a sous chef who worked for Casetta dell'Orso when the restaurant first opened its doors, comes to visit.
3. Paradiso
April 22, 2009
Nicoletta should be happy with her new job, but instead she finds herself distracted and depressed.
2. Ring
April 8, 2009
With nowhere else to go, Nicoletta continues to hang out with the restaurant staff, and she's getting more and more interested in Claudio. She also knows that she has to get a job, and while thinking about it one day, she runs into Luciano and his grandson. The three are joined by Gigi and eat a meal together that's cooked by Nicoletta, but neither Gigi nor Luciano want to tell her anything about Claudio. Undeterred, Nicoletta gets an opportunity to be with Claudio when he walks her home on a rainy day, and she finds out that he's not actually married right now. He's been separated from his wife for a number of years, and the ring he wears is just to ward off potential pursuers. Unable to control herself, Nicoletta makes a move on Claudio when they reach her apartment, and although he doesn't put up much of a resistance other than to say he can't do this, they are interrupted by the arrival of Nicoletta's mother.
1. Nicoletta
April 8, 2009
21-year-old Nicoletta is in Rome to visit the popular restaurant that's owned by her mother Olga's husband. This restaurant is interesting because all of the people who work there are older gentlemen who wear reading glasses, and Nicoletta later learns that it's due to the request of her mother. Regardless, she is here because her mother left her with her grandmother when she was young in order to get remarried, and Nicoletta is plotting to expose the fact that her mother is once-divorced. Her mother, however, convinces her to put that off until later and has her instead pretend to be the daughter of a friend. While at the restaurant, the head cameriere Claudio catches Nicoletta's eye, and she runs into him again the next day on the street. He invites her to the restaurant again to eat with the other staff, and this time Nicoletta gets to know everyone: camerieres Luciano and Vito, sommelier Gigi, and chefs Teo and Furio. She also finds out that Claudio wears a wedding band. Nicoletta later moves into an apartment that her mother prepared for her, and inside she finds a teddy bear with a welcome note from her mother.
Ristorante Paradiso - Trailer
0. Ristorante Paradiso - Trailer
April 7, 2009
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Where to Watch Ristorante Paradiso
Ristorante Paradiso is available for streaming on the Fuji TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ristorante Paradiso on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 7, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (86)