We specifically searched out this restaurant because it was recommended in our Rick Steeve's guidebook. I will certainly be writing him a letter about this horrific recommendation! When we arrived we had a 10 minute wait for a table, which was fine, as we did not make any reservations. Once we were seated, we gave the waiter our order. Like the other reviewer on here, we were also not given any bread, while all of the other tables were given their their bread. When we placed our order, I had ordered bruschetta, which I had to ask for again when our food was delivered. Both my husband and I had the arabiatta, which was not spicy at all, and just ok. One of the annoying things about this restaurant is that it sits directly next to a bar, so those patronize the bar are sitting next to some of the tables while smoke blows into your face and food. Fortunately, my husband and son were sitting at the end of the table, so they didn't have to endure the smoke as heavily as my mother and I did. This was not the worst part of the evening...it gets worse! After waving the waiter down to get our bill, we present him with our credit card as form of payment. They did not accept American Express, which was fine, so we gave them a Visa credit card. The manager then came back about 10 minutes later telling us that we had to pay for a party of 4 in cash. What? A restaurant, recommended by Rick Steeve's, and located very close to a major Italian attraction (the Parthenon), doesn't take a single credit card? When we explained that we were ABSOLUTELY not going to be paying all of the bill in cash, the manager took our credit card and walked it over to the bar next door. When I asked why he didn't do that in the first place, the waiter that was serving us muttered something about us being American! The manager said that their credit card machine was not working. So, now because their credit card machine was not working properly, we have to accomodate them? I thought that should be the other way around. What audacity of them to ask us to pay them in cash, and then for the waiter to make such a insult! Do not go here or prepare to pay your bill in cash!
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