Just watch and listen to Ivan, the ex-Chesery sommelier, busy-boying about the place. Even if his professional and most charming Italian crew already took the order, Ivan will come by and ask if you already ordered. If your answer is a most definite 'Yes', that does not impress Ivan: 'What did you order?' We say: 'But we already ordered'. This is not the answer Ivan wants to hear. He keeps on insisting to repeat it. Our advice: Tell him because otherwise he will never leave your table and you will never get your food...
But of course, we forgive Ivan.
It is too funny to watch and listen to him. A Russian is asking what is Osso Bucco. Ivan puts one leg up on the table and slaps his calf (cannibalism celebrated here?). Another party wants to know what is Mesclun. Ivan runs to the kitchen, comes back with a bunch of salad in his hand and does the rounds of the curious patrons, lets it float down in front of them. In the meantime we finish our meal and our bottle. Sabrina, the wonderful service person, is about to clear our table and the empty bottle. But there is Ivan, not missing a beat. He rushes over, lifts the empty bottle and praises us for all the patrons around to hear (and expected to clap their hands?): 'Good job, very good job' ... and immediately rushes off, probably to double up on some doubled up order already taken.
We do not know about other peoples sense of humor but for us it is hilarious. Beside, the Osso Bucco (in the colder season), the fresh filets of perche from Lake Geneva, just quickly sautéd, the way we like it, the lightly stuffed and delicately seasoned Calamari are excellent and a real bonus treat on top of Ivan's priceless performance, of course. So no complaint about il conto.
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