On Monday night’s episode of “Kitchen Casino,” Trumbull-based restauranteur Toni Ann Basilone Sapienza completed a series of cooking challenges on her way to winning $10,000 on the Food Network show.
“People are going crazy,” Sapienza said of the reaction of friends and family, who gathered with Sapienza to watch “Kitchen Casino” in Norwalk on Monday night.
Sapienza gained the notice of Food Network due to word of mouth surrounding her Italian restaurant Toni’s Tuscan Table located on 2889 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport.
Toni’s features an open kitchen and an “Italian Hibatchi”-style set-up in which up to 28 patrons share three tables.
If Toni's Tucan Table's Yelp rating is any indication, Sapienza has come up with a winning recipe with Toni’s receiving a five-star average from 20 reviews on the site.
Sapienza pointed out that the intimate nature of the establishment has helped with the restaurant’s success, allowing her to focus on the dishes she’s creating.
“Everybody who comes in feels like they’re in my kitchen,” Sapienza said.