Have you ever been tossed out of a restaurant?
A group of three of us recently went to Pasta D?Arte to celebrate 2 birthdays. We had made a reservation for 5 p.m. Although the small restaurant was so noisy that we could not hear each other, we were enjoying our food until at 6:30, a mere 1 1/2 hours after we were seated for a 4-course dinner, the waiter dropped off the check and told us that we needed to leave our table by 6:45 because another reservation was arriving at 7 p.m. We were very annoyed, but presented our credit card when the waiter again demanded we leave our table and told us to settle our check in the bar area. All of us have traveled extensively and eaten at every type of restaurant from take-out to 5-star Michelin restaurants. Never have we been treated so rudely. We asked to speak to the manager, who told us it?s not the restaurant?s policy to throw guests out, but offered no explanation for the waiter?s actions. The bartender offered us a drink, but we told him our evening was already ruined. I told both the waiter and the manager that this restaurant is by no means ?Italian? because in Italy it is the height of rudeness to present the check before the guests request it, let alone demand they leave. We arrived with high expectations for a wonderful evening, but instead ended up being tossed out. Never again, Pasta D?Arte.