Tony in Gravesend thinks launching an Italian pizzeria is going to be one big happy family business. Unfortunately, his children have very different feelings about helping their domineering dad build his dream. A wood-fired pizza oven is planned as the focal point - but instead it is Tony's fiery temper that blazes.
Restaurateur Russell Norman locks horns with Tony as he tries to make him change his idiosyncratic ways. Deadlines fly by as Russell tries to persuade Tony that having the restaurant plans only in his head is creating chaos.
Il Padrino means The Godfather in Italian and Russell soon works out that Tony likes to do things his way. Russell is frustrated as Tony doesn't write anything down on paper, changes his mind like the weather and won't take advice from someone who can actually cook brilliantly - his wife. But Russell's biggest concern is that as the restaurant opening date drifts later and later, will Tony ever get his pizzeria open? The odds are stacked against him, with the horrifying fate that awaits many restaurants - three times more likely to fail than any other business, with many not even getting to opening night. Countless restaurant startup dreams are dashed before they have even begun.