Descided to stop in and enjoy a dinner Sunday night at Assaggi Osteria. We did not have reservations so, when asked, we said no. He then decided to sit us at the first table for two right near the door. My husband asked to have a different place and was rebuffed in our request despite a not crowded restaurant. So, we were seated at a table for two and were crowded from the get go. Not a big issue because the wait staff were very prompt at clearing. We ordered a great chianti from Italy and shared a mussles appetizer. Both were excellent. So, things are looking great. Then our main courses came - duck and a lobster with spaghetti. The only complaint was the chicken lobster had been overcooked. Since it was not expected to be big anyway, it was not a big issue. But we tried to tell the maitre - d it had been overcooked and all he did was proceed to "help" me get it out of the shell. I had already done one side but, he insisted and got the other one pulled out. But, because it had been overcooked, the lobster did not come out, it disintegrated. And he put mostly gill on my plate. A little frustrating despite his good intentions. Next we ordered the housemade ice cream. I expected it to be very rich and "pop" with flavor. Only the chocolate did that - it was very rich. The butter pecan did not pop and neither did the vanilla. Though good; they did not have intense vanilla flavor or butter pecan. So, it was a mixed bag for this trip. Maybe next time things will go better.
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