For an early Valentine celebration, I took my wife out for a special Italian dinner. The restaurant is impressive as you walk in, decor in black and dark artwork, waiter staff in black, with touches of color in the seating. A glance at the menu confirms with appetizers between $10 - 20, entrees in the $20 - 30 range. A minuscule note at the end of the entrees lists several side dishes.
I ordered the Shrimp Toscafino, served on a bed of angel hair pasta. The large shrimp were lightly breaded, fried, had a white sauce on each piece and were graciously de-tailed. They were shrimply delicious. The angel hair came plain, so I dressed it with the seasoned olive oil on the table. If a side dish came with this, it wasn't offered in a way I understood.
My wife ordered Salmon Tarragon served over steamed vegetables with a side of spaghetti marinara. It arrived without the vegetables and when we realized this and brought it to the waiter's attention, he had to consult the menu, then argue with the chef (the kitchen is in view) before bringing a plain serving of vegetables to the table. We supposedly had been given the "old" menus. In the meantime, my wife discovered that the salmon had been undercooked and was still raw at the center. The waiter took her plate (we had to request he leave the fork) back to the kitchen. He returned after a few minutes with her original piece of salmon inelegantly sprawled on a clean plate, now fully cooked, with the remaining scoop of spaghetti beside it. Truly, the cooked part of the salmon had been delicious, but undercooked fish isn't conducive to a pleasant meal.
When the bill came, it was in full, but we paid with a half-price coupon, so we didn't feel completely cheated. Still, we didn't get the experience we should have and neither did the waiter get his full tip. We certainly won't return.