Ristorante Paradiso

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Ristorante Paradiso
Cover of the first manga volume
(Risutorante Paradīzo)
Written byNatsume Ono
Published byOhta Publishing
English publisher
MagazineManga Erotics F
Original runMay 2005March 2006
Gente: The People of Ristorante Paradiso
Written byNatsume Ono
Published byOhta Publishing
English publisher
  • NA: Viz Media
MagazineManga Erotics F
Original runSeptember 2006January 2009
Anime television series
Directed byMitsuko Kase
Written byShinichi Inotsume
Music byko-ko-ya
StudioDavid Production
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV (Noise)
Original run April 8, 2009 June 24, 2009
Episodes11 (List of episodes)

Ristorante Paradiso (Japanese: リストランテ・パラディーゾ, Hepburn: Risutorante Paradīzo), also known as Rispara (リスパラ, Risupara), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Natsume Ono, detailing the daily lives of the staff of a restaurant in Rome.[2] The first iteration of the series was serialized in Ohta Publishing's Manga Erotics F manga magazine between May 2005 and March 2006; it spanned one volume.[2][3] A continuation, Gente: The People of Ristorante Paradiso (GENTE~リストランテの人々~, Gente ~Ristorante no Hitobito~), was serialized in the same magazine from September 2006 to January 2009.[2][4] An anime adaptation, produced by David Production, aired on Fuji TV's late night Noise programming block from April to June 2009.[2][5][6][7][3] The anime was also officially streamed with English subtitles by Crunchyroll.[8] Both manga series, Ristorante Paradiso and Gente, have been licensed by Viz Media for an English-language release in North America.[9]


Nicoletta (ニコレッタ, Nikoretta)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa
The protagonist of the series. 21 years old, Nicoletta is an energetic girl whose parents divorced when she was young and was as a result raised by her grandparents. Upon graduating from cooking school, she began working as an apprentice at the Casetta dell'Orso restaurant and is its only female staff. She has a crush on Claudio.
Santo Claudio Paradiso (サント・クラウディオ・パラディーゾ, Santo Kuraudio Paradīzo)
Voiced by: Jin Yamanoi
The head waiter of Casetta dell'Orso. He and his first wife Gabriella separated a few years previous to the start of the series. He still wears his wedding ring to dissuade women from pursuing him.
Luciano de Luca (ルチアーノ・デ・ルーカ, Ruchiāno de Rūka)
Voiced by: Mitsutaka Tachikawa
A waiter at Casetta dell'Orso. A very blunt but occasionally shy person. He is a widower, but still cares deeply for his departed wife, and ignores the advances of other women. He has a daughter, Rosemary, and a grandson, Francesco.
Vito (ヴィート, Vīto)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
A waiter at Casetta dell'Orso. A very jovial person, he is married to a young woman who is a college student, whom he met through their mutual workout routines. He is a very flirtatious man, but openly reveals that he is already married and very much in love.
Gian Luigi Orsini (Gigi) (ジジ, Jiji)
Voiced by: Shigeo Kiyama
The sommelier at Casetta dell'Orso. A taciturn person, he is Lorenzo's half brother and cousin. Gigi rarely speaks, but by observing people, is able to tell what they are thinking, including perfectly matching one's taste with a wine. He is currently single.
Furio (フリオ)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Nishimatsu
A chef. A friendly person. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Angela. He and Claudio previously worked in a hotel together when they were much younger.
Teo (テオ)
Voiced by: Yōji Ueda
A chef. The youngest member of the restaurant staff; he is a talented pasty chef.
Olga (オルガ, Oruga)
Voiced by: Haruhi Terada
Nicoletta's mother. A sought-after divorce lawyer in Rome. She left Nicoletta with her grandmother at a young age so that she could get re-married.
Gabriella (ガブリエッラ, Gaburierra)
Voiced by: Misa Watanabe
Claudio's ex-wife. A lawyer who works in the same office as Olga; they are best friends, and is the only person Olga tells that Nicoletta is her daughter.
Lorenzo Orsini (ロレンツォ, Rorentso)
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura
Olga's current husband and owner of Casetta dell'Orso. 51 years old.
Vanna (ヴァンナ)
Voiced by: Yōko Sōmi
A former chef of Casetta dell'Orso. She left to live in America with her family a few years previous to the start of the series. Teo looks up to her as a mentor.

Anime television series[edit]

The Ristorante Paradiso anime adaptation aired on Fuji TV's late night Noise programming block from April 5, 2009.[2][5][6][7] Produced by David Production, being the studio's first anime television series production, the series aired for 11 episodes. The anime has been licensed by Right Stuf Inc. and was released under their new label Lucky Penny on November 6, 2012.[10]


  • Director: Mitsuko Kase
  • Art director: Yasufumi Soejima
  • Series composition: Shinichi Inotsume
  • Script: Shinichi Inotsume, Megumi Sasano
  • Character design: Itsuko Takeda
  • 3DCGI: Masato Taira, Takendo Kobayashi
  • Art settings: Junko Shimizu
  • Color designs: Keiko Kai, Hitomi Ikeda
  • Director of photography: Eiji Ueda
  • Sound director: Toshiki Kameyama
  • Music: ko-ko-ya
  • Editing: Kengo Shigemura
  • Animation production: david production
  • Production: Rispara Production Committee (Fuji Television, Shochiku, Movic, Yomiko Advertising, Sony PLC, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners)

Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme
"Marigold" (マリーゴールド, Marīgōrudo)
Lyrics: Tomoko Nagashima, composition and arrangement: Kazuma Fujimoto, performance: orange pekoe
Ending theme
"Suteki na Kajitsu" (ステキな果実, literally "Lovely Fruit")
Lyrics: Yūho Iwasato, composition: Lisa Komine, arrangement: Rie Hamada, performance: Lisa Komine
Theme song
"Palette" (パレット, Paretto) (episode 3 only)
Lyrics: Natsumi Kiyoura, composition: Shun Yoshida, arrangement: ko-ko-ya, performance: Natsumi Kiyoura


No. Title Directed by Original air date[11] American air date
Transliteration: "Nikoretta" (Japanese: ニコレッタ)
Nana Harada8 April 2009 (2009-04-08)TBA
Nicoletta arrives at the restaurant and threatens to expose her mother's secret. She is introduced to Claudio, the restaurant staff, and Olga's new husband, Lorenzo. Olga loans a furnished apartment to Nicoletta.
Transliteration: "Yubiwa" (Japanese: 指輪)
Shinichi Tōkairin8 April 2009 (2009-04-08)TBA
While searching for a job, Nicoletta runs into Luciano and his grandson. Something that the grandson says inspires her to ask Olga for a job at the restaurant. Claudio walks Nicoletta home through the rain, and she tells him that she has feelings for him. Later, Claudio's ex-wife comes to the restaurant for dinner, and Nicoletta interrupts a conversation between Claudio and his ex-wife. Nicoletta is left wondering why Claudio really wears his wedding ring.
Transliteration: "Paradeiuzo" (Japanese: パラディーゾ)
Tetsuya Watanabe22 April 2009 (2009-04-22)TBA
After a conversation with Luciano, Claudio begins to avoid Nicoletta. Nicoletta and Olga have a conversation about Nicoletta's feelings for Claudio, and she realizes that she is in love with him.
4"Casetta dell'Orso"
Transliteration: "Kazetta Derroruso" (Japanese: カゼッタ・デッロルソ0)
Shigeru Kimiya29 April 2009 (2009-04-29)TBA
When an old sous-chef stops by for a dinner with the owner and his wife, Nicoletta has a chance to learn a bit of the history of the Casetta dell'Orso.
5"The Flavour of Orsini"
Transliteration: "Orushiini no Aji" (Japanese: オルシーニの味)
Naokatsu Tsuda6 May 2009 (2009-05-06)TBA

The owner of the restaurant and Gigi (the sommelier) are half-brothers, and also cousins — the owner's father had an affair with his brother's wife. As a result of the affair, Gigi and the owner didn't meet until they were in their twenties, when they hit it off well, and decided their fathers' feud had nothing to do with them.

Gigi observes people closely – it is how he is able to pick just the right wine for them – so he has figured out that Nicoletta is Olga's daughter.
6"A Husband and Wife"
Transliteration: "Aru Fuufu" (Japanese: ある夫婦)
Shinichi Tōkairin13 May 2009 (2009-05-13)TBA
Vito (the tall, bald campiere) is a lady's man who dearly loves his wife. Together with several of the other staff of Casetta dell'Orso, they set another young lady's man straight.
7"A Special Day"
Transliteration: "Tokubetsu na Tsuitachi" (Japanese: 特別な一日)
Takeshi Yamaguchi20 May 2009 (2009-05-20)TBA
Luciano's grandson has a birthday coming up, and for Luciano, the staff of Casetta dell'Orso are willing to go all out.
8"Days of Yore"
Transliteration: "Mukashi Nichi" (Japanese: 昔日)
Shigeru Kimiya27 May 2009 (2009-05-27)TBA

A glimpse into Claudio's past – back when he dropped dishes all the time and spilled wine on the blouses of rich ladies. Claudio's reminisces are used as a foil for Nicoletta's dish-dropping and general unhandiness around the kitchen.

The occasion of these reflections is the arrival of Angela, the wife of Furio the head chef. Angela was the daughter of the hotel-owner where Claudio got his start – Furio was a chef there who showed Claudio some kindness.

Angela arrives with the hotel manager who fired Claudio. The manager, who has retired, but is in town for a visit, does not recognize Claudio, and is terrifically impressed with Claudio, wondering where he learned such skills as a waiter.
9"Day Off from the Ristorante"
Transliteration: "Ristorante no Kyuujitsu" (Japanese: リストランテの休日)
Tetsuo Ichimura3 June 2009 (2009-06-03)TBA
The heating is broken, so the restaurant is closed. It is not empty, though – the kitchen staff are trying out dishes for the spring menu, with Nicoletta trying to scrape together something palatable. Reflections on Teo's tumultuous past with Vanna. Again, foils for Nicoletta. Just as Teo is dismissive of Nicoletta's skills as a cook, Vanna was dismissive of Teo.
10"Secret Love"
Transliteration: "Himetaru Koi" (Japanese: 秘めたる恋)
Toshiyuki Kato10 June 2009 (2009-06-10)TBA

A comparison between Luciano (who rejects the advances of a woman, because he has not forgotten his dead wife), and Claudio (who cannot let go of his love for his ex-wife).

Mixed in: Gabriella, Claudio's ex, keeps coming to the restaurant. Nicoletta confronts her, telling her it is cruel to come so often, since she knows how Claudio feels.
11"The People of the Ristorante"
Transliteration: "Ristorante no Hitobito" (Japanese: リストランテの人々)
Shinichi Tōkairin17 June 2009 (2009-06-17)TBA

The conclusion of the arc begun in episode 10. Luciano tells Claudio directly that it is time he removed his wedding ring.

Olga's birthday. Nicoletta bakes her a cake. Olga is so moved, and moved by the events surrounding Claudio and his wife – who is Olga's business partner – that she confesses that Nicoletta is her daughter. Lorenzo tells her he has known since Nicoletta started work at the Casetta dell'Orso: Nicoletta and Olga have the same smile.

The series ends with Nicoletta noticing that Claudio no longer wears his wedding ring.


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