Tag Archives: Ristorante Paradiso

Gente: The People of Ristorante Paradiso (vols. 2-3) by Natsume Ono, translated by Joe Yamazaki

Oh, those complicated but charming men who wander in and out of the kitchen, creating and serving the most toothsome fare at the Casetta dell’Orso … wouldn’t you love to know what their lives are like outside the restaurant? First introduced in the single volume Ristorante Paradiso, the gentlemen of this alluring establishment quickly earned their very own series, which debuted last year in English translation. With so many fascinating characters (and the glasses they can so easily hide behind), the stories can only continue …

In volume 2, gentle headwaiter Claudio and wunderkind chef Furio share their hotel past, Chef Teo and Chef Vanna work out their multilayered love/hate relationship thousands of miles apart, and Claudio’s estranged wife helps an American stranger with heartbreak. And who should arrive on the doorstep of the Casetta, asking for the owner …?

An important politician thinks he’s taking a break from his decision-making when he discovers the delightful restaurant in volume 3. Olga’s daughter Nicoletta finds herself completely enthralled and entangled working (and watching and learning) at the famed restaurant. A wealthy couple who live separate lives play out their challenging marriage a bit too publicly. Lorenzo has a thing or two to share about family with Nicoletta … about how bonds grow when you least expect them. Gigi the sommelier (who is also Lorenzo’s half-brother) goes on his annual trek to visit his father’s grave … and gets totally taken by (with?) a precocious little girl full of stories and surprises.

Beguiling company, delectable fare, neverending drama … what more can you ask for in a couple-hundred-page installments filled with such expressive, inviting faces? Buon appetito indeed!

Readers: Young Adult, Adult

Published: 2010-2011 (United States)
GENTE © 2007 Natsume Ono/Ohta Publishing Co.
Original Japanese edition published by Ohta Publishing Co.

Leave a comment

Filed under ..Adult Readers, ..Young Adult Readers, .Fiction, .Graphic Novel/Manga/Manwha, .Translation, Japanese

Gente: The People of Ristorante Paradiso (vol. 1) by Natsume Ono, translated by Joe Yamazaki

While the story of abandoned Nicoletta in search of her wayward mother was a single-volume deal fully contained in Ristorante Paradiso, the staff of said Ristorante, the charming Casetta dell’Orso, merit their very own series. And why not … proprietor Lorenzo employs some fascinating, engaging characters indeed. Their stories have unlimited possibilities …

One by one, Lorenzo gathers his staff – distinguished waiters, fabulous cooks – as he prepares for the grand opening of his cozy little restaurant. His wife, Olga, has recently been hospitalized for exhaustion, so he makes sure to add special touches that will make her smile: “There’s no place more wonderful than this,”she tells him through tears after her first official Casetta dell’Orso meal.

“Wonderful” is because of Luciano, an older man who has a special bond with his young grandson (who is pictured oh so adorably in full color on the book’s back cover), and Gigi who just might be able to help save a faltering marriage, and Vito who befriends a young woman desperately trying to protect her sister from an abusive husband, and Claudio who’s still in love with his estranged wife …

As the crew celebrate the first anniversary of what has become a highly successful venture, they have each other to be most thankful over … after all, the best food comes from good people …

And just so we don’t get too hungry, there’s more toothsome fare to come …

Readers: Young Adult, Adult

Published: 2010 (United States)
GENTE © 2007 Natsume Ono/Ohta Publishing Co.
Original Japanese edition published by Ohta Publishing Co.

3 Comments

Filed under ..Adult Readers, ..Young Adult Readers, .Fiction, .Graphic Novel/Manga/Manwha, .Translation, European, Japanese

Ristorante Paradiso by Natsume Ono, translated by Joe Yamazaki

Nicoletta arrives in Rome with a very specific goal: she’s determined to confront the mother who abandoned her 15 years ago. The reason her mother gave then remains just as inexcusable now: “‘There’s a man I’m destined to be with. But he’ll never marry a divorced woman … so he can’t know that I have a child,’” and with that, she was gone.

At 21, Nicoletta announces to an exasperated, shocked Olga, “‘I’m going to tell your husband.’” But somehow Olga gets her way (she apparently always does)… and the secret remains safe … for now.

That husband turns out to be the rather intriguing owner of an intimate little restaurant where reservations are virtually impossible to come by. All the staff are suave and charming … and happen to wear glasses (another Olga indulgence): “Most of our guests are here for the waiters,” Nicoletta’s would-be stepfather, Lorenzo, tells her. “Our customers share a particular weakness for handsome gentlemen.”

Olga and Lorenzo set Nicoletta up with an apartment, and even a job in the restaurant’s magical kitchen. She quickly makes friends with the welcoming, attractive staff. When her heart-strings feel a gentle pull whenever the head waiter, Claudio, is around, Nicoletta perhaps begins to understand a bit about the high price of true love. [Don't get me started on Mama, ahem!]

From the creator of the fabulous manga not simple, Ono creates a light Italian treat, Japanese manga style … whose supporting characters are so appealing, they’ll get a series of their own … stay tuned.

Readers: Young Adult, Adult

Published: 2010 (United States)
RISTORANTE PARADISO © 2006 Natsume Ono/Ohta Publishing Co.
Original Japanese edition published by Ohta Publishing Co.

3 Comments

Filed under ..Adult Readers, ..Young Adult Readers, .Fiction, .Graphic Novel/Manga/Manwha, .Translation, European, Japanese