Donatella

Donatella

This is Donatella’s first time as a manager of a restaurant. She’s worked with Gianni, the owner, for a long time, and she’s just been promoted to managing the waiters of his new hot Italian restaurant, Zio. The stakes are high for her. She’s a woman who lives on Coke zero, ephedra, and cured meats. She’s Italian with a strong sex drive and a mind of her own. She’s having an affair with the Chef but is quickly getting bored with his growing devotion. She’s an unromantic realist who loves anything to do with knives, blood, and guts.

Roberto

Roberto

Long-time lieutenant of Gianni, Roberto is the general manager of Zio. He is an angry, generous. man with strong passions. He and Donatella have known each other for years, and they are as close as brother and sister. He is a true Italian with big appetites. He hates his life most of the time. His dream is to open his own restaurant but he owes Gianni. He enjoys violent movies and fantasizes about killing demanding customers. Most of all though, he loves his staff and will protect them from almost anything except himself.

Gianni

Gianni

The original European playboy. Debonair, charming, and handsome, he loves his restaurants, women, food, and his famous friends. Born rich, he gets wealthier each year from his various ventures. Zio is the crowning jewel in his kingdom. Even if it loses money, this restaurant is his flagship, and he will be focusing special attention on it. He is addicted to sex. His wife, Carla, is beautiful and equally ambitious. A former supermodel, Carla knows Gianni is always cheating on her, and she doesn’t care… as long as she has status. He is very charming and dangerous. He trusts his lieutenants Roberto and Donatella but he will destroy them if they cross him. Everyone is expendable.

Chef Michael

Chef Michael

A true neurotic and a very ambitious chef. In the kitchen, he has talent to burn. He’s very intense and obsessed with status in the food world. He will sacrifice business and profit for a great review. He is also one of the most insecure men in the business. And he desperately wants a approval from everyone. He loves Donatella and is obsessed with her. A true masochist. He is a fragile man.

Drew

Drew

An old hand at the restaurant biz. He has known Roberto and Donatella for a long time, and he has worked at Gianni’s other restaurants. A very handsome gay man. A good waiter and a better actor. He loves attention. He always has a new lover. He’s an opportunistic friend; he loves them but he uses them.

Roxie

Roxie

New girl in town. Of all the staff Roxie needs this job at Zio most of all. She has no place to live and nowhere to go. The stakes are highest for her. She is a struggling artist with little talent. Working at Zio is the best thing that could ever happen to her. She is the one normal person working there who will soon realize that the restaurant world is where she belongs. And don’t mistake her midwest ignorance for innocence. She would cut someone to get ahead, just like she did in Ohio.

Vanessa

Vanessa

A party girl. A French girl with no papers who gets into trouble and needs men to help her out of it. She’s not ambitious but she does a good job at Zio. She loves having sex and she’s very attracted to Gianni. She and Drew are best friends. She’s sensitive about herself and insensitive with others.

Nico

Nico

A photographer and a waiter, who works hard at Zio and at his photography. He has known Dontalla and Roberto forever. They are all very close, especially because they’re Italian. He occasionally sleeps with Vanessa. A true romantic, the hostesses at the restaurant are always falling in love with him. He never met a girl he didn’t want to photograph.

Carlo

Carlo

A good friend of Gianni’s. He uses his connection to the owner of Zio to eat and drink for free every night. In true eurotrash fashion, he is a man who never seems to work. He makes out with models, gold diggers, anyone. He is charming. He can be annoying to Roberto and Donatella but it’s also comforting for them to have him around. He is like family. They end up getting drunk with him quite often at the end of the night.

Mark

Mark

The grumpy Russian bartender. A man of few words, He has a wife and baby, and he never sees them. Drew and Vanessa swear they’ve never seen him leave the place. He works all the time.