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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Very disappointing! Three of us went here as a birthday treat. No-one welcomed us, just a brusque showing to our table. The stone-faced waiter asked what we would like to drink. My teetotal friend asked for water and we were brought a bottle of mineral water, for which we were later charged $8. Two of us shared a bottle of Due Torre merlot, which cost $50 plus tax!! We ordered starters of soup of the day (Minestrone) and Salmon Tartare, main courses of Risotto Porcini, Risotto with vegetables and veal scallopine. The place was less than half-full, and waiters were rushing around looking very busy. After more than one hour, we had not received any food. My friend asked the waiter when we could expect to eat, and 10 minutes later, the starters finally appeared. The soup and Salmon Tartare were acceptable. After another wait of 30 minutes, my friend caught the waiter and gestured at his watch, to which the waiter replied "I'm not the cook!" Finally the main courses arrived. The Risotto Porcini was gluey and excessively salted. The veal scallopini was small but tender, and the vegetable risotto was acceptable. The staff seems to have perfected the art of ignoring the customer, never making eye contact. Needless to say, we did not order dessert, just coffee which was brought very quickly at this point, along with the bill for the overpriced meal. The food alone cost $116, which is way overboard for what we had. We won't be going back.