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Allesandro's is the restaurant Monica works in from seasons 4 to 9. The first appearance of the restaurant is when Monica writes a very critical review about it in the paper. The owner, feeling publicly humiliated by the review, goes to her house and berates her for writing it, where she showed him how she personally cooks food and impresses him, earning his reluctant respect. He then hires her as his new head chef, in the process sacking the original one, but all her colleagues strongly dislike her[1] not just because of the extremely critical and publicly humiliating review but also because the fired head chef was literally family to several of them. Wanting her to resign, they "accidentally" burn her chef's jacket, write the words "QUIT BITCH" on her hat, write down "fake specials" and are generally nasty to her. She desperately wants to sack one particularly nasty waiter named Stu, but lacks the confidence for such confrontations. She hires Joey as a waiter for the sole purpose of sacking him in front of the others for mouthing off at her with his consent, hoping that they will consequently realize they could get sacked for giving her such a hard time and pack it in, but Joey acquires a handful of tips and ends up forgetting the deal he and Monica had. Only when he truly saw the degree of bullying and ridicule Monica was being forced to endure (which almost made her resign) that he stuck to his part and played the arrogant employee. Monica quickly took advantage of this and sacked Joey in front of everyone, which Joey seemed to take a little harder than he expected. This was enough for Monica to acquire control over her colleagues, who realize they too could be sacked for antagonizing her.

Allesandro's was shown later in a couple of episodes, for example The One With The Proposal, Part 2 and The One With Rachel's Date, mainly as a setting for various characters meeting Monica.

When Chandler had to live in Oklahoma for his work, Monica quit Allesandro's and searched a job there. However, when she gets an offer from Javu, she takes it and decides to stay in New York.



  • They have a jar in which everyone who yells in the kitchen has to put a dollar[2].
  • Joey has worked here too. He was given the job so that Monica could fire him to intimidate the other employees who paid Monica no respect[3].


  1. The One Where They're Going To Party
  2. The One With Rachel's Date
  3. The One With The Girl From Poughkeepsie

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