“Typical Roman "Ripp-off" fish by the weight not by the plate! 56 euros for a plate of fish.. ..crew smoking inside..”
I had been on this restaurant a couple of times before, with my girlfriend and 2 friend of ours.. ..last saturday however it was only my girl and I.. ..well, I'm no kidding when I say that we were littealy the only customers, and I even minded to make a reservation before.. ..by the way we seated outside, and I'd say the view it's defenitely not one of the most spectaculars in Rome, since it simply faces the dirty wall of a narrow street with a souvenir shop on the corner..
So we ordered our starters and mains, and a bottle of white (who they charged 10 euros more than it is usually charged in other restaurant I go to) ..I had 7 oysters to begin with and the price they charged on the final bill was 6 euros each, while on the menu it was 5 each, (6 euros was for another kind of oyesters called "belòn" ) they probably thought I was not able to recognize the difference, which is actually quite easy, especially if one has got a minimum of experience in eating'em.. ..and I quite do..
anyway, the things that really bugged me and got on my nerves are the following: my girlfriend got "prosciutto and melon" as a starter, and for her main she ordered a "tagliata" (a stake cut in smal pieces) ..for me I went with fish, and that was a big mistake.. ..unfortunatelly in italy there's this bad habit of not writing the real price when speaking of fish, they actually go by the weight, that obviously nobody will be able to prove unless going into the kitchen and weight it yourself.. ..plus, fishes are different sizes all the times and therefore the price it's always subjected to a change accordingly.. (morevoer, sometimes you get a ridiculous amount of fish meat, and sometimes the opposite, due to the different "ripp-off" policies they got) ..and last but not least, fishes are also different in quality.. ..now, who decideds what the right price is? fish dishes should be standard and equal, in the amount and price.. ..like almost everywhere in the world..
Anyhow, would you like to know ho much they had the courage to charge for the fish plate? it was a big portion (I'd say 3 generous portions only for myself!) it was pretty good, but again, I didn't ask for the big one.. The price on the bill was 56 euros! isn't that ridiculous?
Second thing: Since the owner wasn't there that day.. and we were the only customers, and were sitting outside.. ..some of the crew (dishwahsers, a couple of young typical italian waiters, etc..) was totally laid back inside, forming a small group, talking about their business, and guess what? SOME OF THEM WERE SMOKING INSIDE! we relized that when heading to the restroom.. ..nobody gave a damn there were to clients outside.. ...I can't believe this..! ..unfotunately we are in the country we are, but this is really unacceptable.. ..and I believe it's even illegal, besides being outrageous and disrespectful..
So, my suggestion is DON'T EVER GO there..! but if you relly wanna try, pay good attention to what you get and don't ever get fish by the weight (which is the only way you can eat fish in italy though, by the weight not by the plate!).
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