My wife and I went to the Allegro restuarant on a Friday night. We had high expectations of this establishment as we were told that it was the best restaurant in Altoona.
Right out of the gate we were placed in a booth where the wall paper had started to peel at the level of where the food would be. We then began to experience a waitress whose rather terse demeanor left both of us a little cold.
We were of the understanding that a three course meal would be 40 dollars, but she bluntly explained that was for a time between 4 to 6 pm. We then viewed the menu to make another selection. My wife selected the beef tips and was promptly told by the waitress that they were out. We were getting an even worse vibe then when we came in. So we decided to leave.
The waitress then stated to me just as I was about to exit the restuarant that the kitchen would be able to make the beef tips, though it would take more time to do so. I then, mistakenly, talked my wife into staying and giving this waitress another chance.
After looking the menu over once again, I chose the chicken picata and my wife opted for another dish; the chicken marsala. When the food arrived, the chicken picata was well prepared and tasted good, the chicken marsala, according to my wife was awful. It was overcooked and tough. I tasted it and was amazed that something so bad could come from a supposedly fine restuarant.
We explained this to the waitress, who by the way was behaving defensively by this time. My wife ordered the chicken picata and to our amazement this so-called professional waitress brought out a half order of the chicken picata, assuming the the measely three bites eaten from the previous dish would warrant such a reduction.
This is when I could not tolerate such blatently unprofessional behavior. I demanded that the waitress bring the other portion, which she did. She gave a lip-service apology as she handed us the bill, though her insincerity served to anger me even more. If I had to do it over again I would have demanded a different server. This particular server would have made any experience in any restaurant an unfortunate event. Added to the additional injury of a 60 dollar bill for 14 ounces of chicken.
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