09/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This was by far the WORST EXPERIENCE I've had at any restaurant ever. Went with my wife and two friends. We had reservations, and upon arrival the owner was very rude to my wife, telling us to wait outside while other guests got to wait inside. When we were seated our waiter did not offer us anything to drink. I said we wanted a few minutes to look at the menu but wanted to order appetizers, and he said we'd have to order all at once. Meanwhile the wine was flowing and the waiters were shmoozing with the other tables. It was like a scene out of a movie. This was all bad, but we were trying to make the best of our meal and didn't say anything.
Things took a turn for the absurd when the owner nudged my friend aside, sat down at the table next to us, and began talking about ""rude customers"" and how much he disliked us. When I calmly mentioned that we could hear him, he said, ""If you're uncomfortable here you can leave."" We were, of course, very uncomfortable at this point. I asked him why he was acting like this, and he said, ""That's it! I'm telling my chefs not to cook for you.?"" The whole scene was very bizarre. The women the owner was sitting with kept telling us that they knew the owner well, that he was just quirky. Having lived in Rome, I can say that he was not just some gregarious, Italian man who endears himself to some customers but not all. The man was mentally unstable. We left to the chorus of a waiter telling the owner to ""have some more wine"" to calm down. More booze was the last thing this jerk needed.
We left, went to Bocca, and had a great meal. Still in shock, we told our story to the staff at Bocca, and they said they'd heard similar stories. When we got home we discovered several other reviewers had similar experiences with this nutcase, to the point where he was threatening women with physical violence.
This place deserves less than one star, but there was no ""Public Safety Threat"" option. Do not, under any circumstances, go to this restaurant.