I had been hearing from people that "Macaluso's" was great, so I went there for dinner last weekend and was shocked by how bad an experience I had. The waitress instantly hit us with a snobby lecture about their philosophy and rules, then she brought out a basket of store-bought pasta to supposedly impress us. Stuck there, I ordered $28 Linguini with Clam Sauce (not even whole clams) that was truly terrible. My friends were also mortifed by the overpriced, medicore food and pretentious behavior of the staff. The meatballs were okay, I guess, but not worth the rest of the psychological, gastronomical and financial abuse.
I guess I'm still feeling like a sucker for spending my hard earned money at Macaluso's, and I am trying to figure out why people might like the restaurant? (Seems I'm also venting my anger and trying to warn people too:)
For comparision, I was also told I should eat at another Miami restaurant "North 110", and that place was fantastic. I know that's not italian, and I know some people think too-expensive italian food isn't necessary, but I did eat at a similiarly priced italian restaurant in L.A. called "Locando Veneta" that was remarkable. So I know high-end italian can be great in the right hands.
Anyway, I'm new to the Chowhound site and excited to have discovered it. Sorry my first post had to be negative.