|chickpea polenta fries|
Speaking of annoying, nothing starts a dining experience more than the initial greeting. When my party of two arrived the hostess was away from her post, which is fine and understandable. What is less than acceptable is that there were 2 folks working behind the nearby bar who refused to make eye contact with us. That really bothers me... I'm not asking for someone to immediately seat me, but I really do expect to be acknowledged by someone when I enter a business. Mini rant over.
We were escorted to a table in a dining room occupied by 3 or 4 tables. After the water
sale service, which is somehow less irritating in a town renowned for its water, we took a look at the menu and made our choices: an order of chickpea polenta fries, a house salad, the clam pizza and the house meat ragu. They serve their wine (like Otto) in quartos and we started with an Albarino with our first course, moving to a grenache/syrah (I think) with our second course. The food came out in a reasonable time frame and was the appropriate temperature with the courses being well paced. The server was occasionally attentive, but more often than not absent - not a real issue until we were ready to go and she was nowhere to be found. I understand that when things are less than busy it is easy for servers to get sidetracked with their own conversations and perhaps, sidework, but a walk through the dining room on a regular basis is never a bad idea. Just saying.
|pizza with clams and pancetta|