When this restaurant was called Centro, I had several bad dining experiences where the serving staff were incredibly arrogant and snotty, and had vowed never to return. Since the restaurant re-branded itself (same ownership I understand) and since it received relatively good reviews in the local media I thought it might be time to try it again.
After going to a movie in the neighbourhood I decided to drop in for a glass of wine and a light snack.
Entering the restaurant around 9:30 pm, it was only about one third full and there was no one on duty at the front to seat you.
Eventually we decided to sit at the bar and proceeded to sit and sit with no service. Finally a very attractive waitress came over and asked if we would be eating or drinking. We advised both so she immediately set us up with utensils etc and after advising she would be bringing some menus; disappeared never to be seen again. Finally 10 minutes later I was able to catch the eye of another server walking by who deigned to bring over some menus.
I do not know why the service was so bad, I did notice there were a disproportionate number of second generation Italians dressed very stylishly as patrons and these people seemed to get good service. Perhaps we did not measure up, or meet their dress code?
Finally we got served, the food was relatively good, not cheap but not outrageously priced.
The irony was that after our meal was over, service kicked in, we were asked by three different people how our meal was.
What I am taking from this, is that I was right not to go back to Centro, and I will not be revisiting Enoteca Sociale for a very long time.
The restaurant is totally schizophrenic, both in its service and in its decor. It seems to be a cross between a sports bar, (there are multiple large screen TV's prominently displayed) and an intimate little trattoria, that just happens to be a huge open restaurant.
I don't get it.
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