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Al Tiramisu -worst experience ever


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Al Tiramisu -worst experience ever

georgetownronin | | Jun 24, 2009 02:14 PM

I'm upset -especially because so many people on this board seem to praise Al Tiramisu. We selected the restaurant for a special occasion dinner because Obelisk and others are closed on Sunday. We can accurately say that the dinner was one of the most memorable we have ever had, and Al Tiramisu will be remembered by many of us as the worst dinning experience ever.

The downward spiral began immediately when we were seated for several minutes before any server acknowledged us (and the restaurant was not crowded). The escalation occurred when we ordered cocktails instead of a ridiculously priced bottle of wine. While I do not claim to be an expert on Italian reds, I have ordered enough varietals from far better restaurants to know that the wine list at Al Tiramisu bordered on criminal. Once our waiter learned that we were not having wine, his attitude became rude and he vanished for long periods of time. When we asked for bread, our waiter informed us that we had to order first (apparently the $60 of cocktails did not count). At this point, we decided to try the food and rate the rude waiter as an outlier for the overall experience. Unfortunately, the food was Olive Garden quality and it could not possibly offer any redemption for the pejorative service. Our entrees were not delivered by our waiter, and no server came to check on us. Our finished plates sat on the table for 15-20 minutes. Finally, the check was placed on the table with no comment from our waiter. Dessert was not offered.

I make this post as a warning: do not go to Al Tiramisu if you are not planning to order a $300 bottle of wine. In fact, you should not go to Al Tiramisu at all if you are looking for good food. There are so many Italian restaurants that are better than Al Tiramisu, and we certainly will be going to them instead.

I also make this post to stimulate discussion since there are so many Al Tiramisu lovers on the board. What do you make of this horrible experience?