We were getting a bit peckish and had to wait 45 minutes for a table at a popular restaurant close by so decided to bide our time at the empty La Rime.
We walked down the street between the towards the "Bar" sign where the server, head down in his iPad, didn't give any notice. We walked inside and asked for a couple of glasses of wine, as you do in Montepulciano.
In broken English we were offered a "free taste" of four different reds in dirty glasses. A taste meant a drop- hardly enough to cover your tongue, let alone wet the bottom of the glass. Deciding on one, we were ushered out towards the empty tables where the previously mentioned "waiter" was stationed. After looking at the menu we asked for the typical local sampler of slices of dried meat and sausage, with olives and grilled vegetables.
With a great delay, the wine finally arrived without so much as a Bonjourno. The glass was light- short on content. Having seen the same glass time after time in many establishments- and knowing where the 10 ml mark should be, I let that pass.
Bread arrived. Bread? Hmmm... OK. Finally the ordered selection came. A vast plate of meat and vegetables that looked great but were cut as thin as wrapping paper. Virtually transparent, we managed the lot. More bread came and on it was garlic in oil. OK… We were hungry and this was a treat. Great. 45 minutes passed, all the while being ignored by the staff.
Keep in mind, we were the only customers, outnumbered 3-1 by the staff.
Cheque please! Then it came: 8 Euros for each for a small glass of wine plus the ordered item, PLUS the bread, PLUS the olives, PLUS the garlic bread, PLUS a seating charge, PLUS a service charge = 32 Euros! I scoffed at the bill realising I was being flenced, and now in discussion the operator, a middle aged man in a dirty t-shirt, spoke no English at all!
He only picked up the menu and pointed. I paid, left, had an amazing meal at another restaurant for 43 Euros, went to the hotel and wrote to you.
Avoid this trap like the plague.
It's a complete set-up.
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