This was a neighborhood restaurant that was very crowded. We thought it was a good sign because it was popular with locals. We were welcomed warmly but that was it -- they could not find us a menu in English, they sent us their sole English-speaking waiter who was cheerful and exuberant but ended up hustling us through our meal and misleading us with his translations.
For some reason he kept urging the "pasta with lobster" on us, when we demurred he took our orders. We asked for contorno choice (Mediterranean vegetables) to be served before our main dishes. When we ordered our main dishes (Sicilian sea bream and lamb chops respectively) he urged us to select additional contorni -- we did, thinking they were free. Not true, we were charged for the orders (not having a menu in English made us that helpless). The first contorno was nice enough as was the Sicilian sea bream. The grilled lamb chops tasted good but must have been made from the poorest selection of chops available -- I had barely a few bites of edible meat and my platter remained filled with bones when I was through.
The Calabrian pepper sauce at the table was superlative -- but that was the only good thing about the meal. We kept getting the feeling that they wanted us to finish and leave as people were constantly streaming in and the server constantly checking in on us.
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