We enjoyed a very fine Italian meal on the terrace of Il Forno this evening. Drinks were quick in arriving as was the food. We ordered two pastas and a pizza. Pizza was very good, as good as we had found most places in Italy. Pasta was also good, but not over-the-top wonderful. When we ordered one dessert, it was light and not over-sweet. What was wonderful were the beautiful, abundant, flavourful, variety filled "insalata misto" -- this is NOT your usual leaves and sliced tomato, but rather a very beautifully composed salad (and the dried tomatoes were out-of-this-world!) To top this off, the espresso was actually espresso ristretto, not the vastly lighter coffee which is usually served here in The Netherlands to fulfill an espresso order. At the end of the meal the server asked if we would like a limoncello -- which I've never had before and may never again, as it is very potent stuff. It walked and talked like a good Italian meal.
I do need to make special mention of the serving staff. My Italian and their English were vastly more fluent than my Nederlands, but we understood each other easily and with smiles all around. When it started to rain, we were quickly moved to a more sheltered table further under the awning. Most impressively, I watched the staff manage a very difficult couple (pushy and edging on rude) making very specific and complicated demands without even seeming to try to moderate their use of complex English. I think the staff managed to satisfy the demands in the end, and I was completely impressed with how the staff managed such a high level of professionalism and customer service (and this alone may have been why I said "yes" to that limoncello).
If you're not sure you want to eat Italian rather than Dutch in The Netherlands, but you've got that urge for pasta -- go for it here! Oh, and I should say the price was remarkably good with an extra round of drinks!
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