Let me preface this review by saying that the wait staff was great - They deserve five stars. The owner, on the other hand, deserves ZERO.
My friends and I made a reservation at Giorgio's for dinner on a Friday night, and we ended up being almost a half hour late - I know. Bear with me. We call to let them know we're going to be late and whoever answers our call says that it was fine, and they'd save our table.
When we arrived for our reservation, the owner was standing in the front and greets us by saying that they had just given our table away to a couple (we were a group of four, and so he gave away a four-top to two people....). He then continues to throw a guilt trip on us for being late and explains that we cannot be upset that we now have to wait for a table because we were inconveniencing him by not showing up on time, even though we had already apologetically called to confirm that this wouldn't have been a problem. We would have had no qualms with going to another restaurant, given that this place is quite cramped (another downfall of eating here).
We decide to wait for our table, and we're sat after about 10 minutes. We had a wonderful experience with our waiter, who was more than accommodating and passionately details the menu and specials for us, uncorks our wine, and takes our orders. The owner then takes it upon himself to check in with us, interrupting our conversation, two or three times to ensure we're "enjoying our experience", but can't seem to help himself from reminding us how we were late and reiterating how accommodating he is for allowing us the privilege of dining in his establishment. And that's not the worst of it.
Here's the kicker - After eating and upon finishing our wine, the owner approaches our table and requests that we leave. Yes - He essentially implies us that, since we are no longer ordering food and since we are just enjoying our wine (which we brought since it's a BYO), that we should wrap things up and get going. How convenient for him at this point that we had already paid our bill! My friends and I blankly stare at him for probably a full 30 seconds, angrily finish our wine, and make our way out the door, without hesitating to tell him that he needn't worry about the inconvenience of serving us in the future, as we will NEVER return, and will be sure pass along the message that no one else should waste their time or hard-earned money on his blatant lack of hospitality and mediocre (at best) food.
If you're looking for good pasta, go to Little Italy in NYC. This place is not worth the degradation.
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