We spent two months in Grado, Italy, this summer, and so ate out many, many times. We visited Al Cavenon, a quaint restaurant on a side street of the Old Town. That night we suffered through the worst "Insalta Caprese" we've ever had and "Gnocchi with Scampi" that resembled mash-potatoes with sprinkles of pink mush. For the first time in my life, I decided to return a dish. The waitress raised her voice and informed me that "this is not supermarket Gnocchi - you don't know what good Gnocchi is!" [We lived in southern Italy for three years, and do know what good Italian food tastes like]. They replaced the Gnocchi with "Spaghetti alla Vongole," which was completely tasteless. Bread basket, needless to say, was full of stale bread, and the wine is literally double in price of any other on the island (12 Euro for 1/2 liter of the house wine). $100 later, we were happy to leave Al Cavenon behind.
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