Tried to have dinner at Alpinista after receiving recommendations from various copper locals. What an unmitigated disaster. Having eaten in countless establishments, from world famous restaurants to food carts on the streets of Manhattan, I can say that I've never had an experience like this one. The service was abysmal, despite our waitress' best efforts (she did her job, just didn't have the support of any of the others there, with perhaps the exception of Howard). After over an hour, all we had to show for the evening was some basic salads and some cut up carrots for five starving kids. The restaurant was not crowded (Sunday night at a ski resort...), there appeared to be plenty of staff on hand, although most of them seemed to be doing absolutely nothing other than checking cell phones.
After complaining to the manager, things got a little crazy. The manager, who reeked of smoke and appeared not to have bathed in a long time, seemed to spend all of his time hanging out in front of the restaurant (not paying the least bit of attention to his job), became belligerent. We left the restaurant, only to have him follow us out as if he wanted to start a fight and then proceeded to follow us halfway to our condo, barking a us. His kids, who were clearly under 16, yet we're busy waiting tables and clearing dishes throughout the night, kept imploring him to stop. I suspect it's about all that stopped him. Mind you, this was in response to being told that the restaurant's performance that night was unacceptably bad. No threats, no raised voices, no personal insults.
Wish I had an opinion on the food, but it never came. Copper isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, but I'm not sure that any meal is worth a potential altercation with an incompetent, belligerent manager. Stay clear!
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