Day 1--L'allegria (2008-06-27)
Being new to the hotel area, it took us a while to find the right
station to go to L'allegria.
This restaurant had good review on Citysearch, I thought I'd picked the
right one to start our trip.
Walking to the restaurant from the station led us through some dark
and seedy neighborhood with men idling on the sidewalk looking
threatening and murderous! As we neared L'allegria, the streets
began to get brighter and busier, whew!
Much to my surprise, there were only three occupied tables (plus
some out front) when we arrived. I didn't think 9 pm was that
late for dinner. The lone lady server was all nice and good but
her attitude started going downhill once we told her "we don't drink"
and only ordered a salad and pasta. She had questioned us
if that's enough and our answer did not please her.
Service was cold, water was not refilled and we felt despised. As for the food, KL
did enjoy his Lobster Ravioli but my Fusilli Putanesca was a
disaster. First of all, the dish wasn't made of fusilli, it
arrived with penne. Not that I mind penne, but no explanation or
apology was offered. Then, the large amount of deadly salty
olives, capers and anchovies in the dish made it almost inedible.
I could barely pick at the pasta (without the sauce) and not suffered a
When the check came, the restaurant had arbitrarily slapped on a 20%
tip on the itemized list. Their service wasn't even worth the
standard 15%, much less a 20%. After KL paid the bill and took
the receipt left in the folder, the lady server nearly had a fit!
Her temper shot up as she frantically looked for the receipt and almost
yelled at KL!
Not that we live in NYC and can revisit restaurants freely, but L'allegria is blacklisted forever.
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