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Bad experience at Scalino


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Bad experience at Scalino

sourcherry | | Jun 20, 2007 07:05 AM

After reading the posts about Scalino (7th Ave. and 10th Street in Park Slope), I was excited to try it. But I have to say, I won't be going back, mostly thanks to the less than gracious service.

It took about 15 minutes for someone to pay any attention to our table - we sat there with an unopened bottle of wine and no water. Then they brought water and two people at the table said at the same time - this water smells really funny. I think it was the ice - it had a really strong chemical sort of smell and was not something you'd want to drink. We called the server (the owner, I believe) over and told him. His reaction was to pick up each glass, sniff it and declare very authoritatively "No, this does not smell at all" He pretty much slammed the glasses back down on the table and left. Is this a way to treat customers at a new restaurant?! We explained that this wasn't just one person who thought it smelled bad, it was everyone at the table. He finally came back with one glass of water with no ice (smelled fine), and - inexplicably - three glasses with the smelly ice again!

Anyway, enough about water. On to the food. There was a dish listed on the menu of beans with sausage. I asked if they could do the beans without the meat and he said yes. But when I got them, it was clear that they either just picked the sausage out, or perhaps the beans themselves were cooked with pancetta or something - they smelled super porky. When I asked about it, once again I got incredible defensiveness and a denial that they beans contained meat. But there is no question in my mind. Believe me, after not eating meat for two years I know pork when I smell it!

To add insult to injury, one of our dishes never showed up. When I noticed that they had charged us for it, I let them know we never got it. His response was "Are you sure"? Um.... yeah, I think I'd remember eating a whole dish that I ordered!

So. This place gets a big thumbs down from me.