I am surprised people actually paid for a car that won't start well......i would have walk away from the purchase.
There are better coupes out there if you are patient enough. And what's more your friend send the coupe to some guy who don't even know the FIAT/ALFA.
Anyway, what's done is done, as long as you have the budget, please take your car to some of the mechanics listed in the workshop thread. MLM is also a good choice. All the best in troubleshooting.