Good food, terrible service. And by terrible, I mean a server who was rude, insulting, condescending, and barely deigned to answer questions. When asked about the possibility of preparing one of the evening's specials with the sauce on the side, our waiter was quick to reply that he could only sell what the chef prepared. Yes, but couldn't chef just make the gnocci and pour the sauce into a separate dish rather than onto the gnocci? Immediate answer: "No. So do you want that dish, ma'am?" he asked with an impatient tap tap tap of his pen on the order pad. There were additional exchanges as I struggled to understand why what I was requesting seemed so beyond our waiter's comprehension, and he was struggling to comprehend why I couldn't just order exactly what was on the menu, exactly as it was written.
One of our dining companions was so incensed that she jumped and went to the kitchen staff and asked to speak to the chef. She was told that the chef doesn't speak to people.
We dined on the early side on a Friday night. The restaurant was packed. Whatever they are doing seems to be working, though it wasn't working for us on this particular night. As another reviewer said, there are plenty of great restaurants in the North End. I will not be quick to return to this one.
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