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Umbria - overcharging for bottles of wine


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Umbria - overcharging for bottles of wine

mkfisher | | Mar 11, 2011 07:25 AM

We live right down the street from Umbria, so we ran in for a quick dinner last night. Since it was Restaurant Week, it was actually a pretty good value. We've been there before, and we really enjoy the pappardelle with wild boar ragu. Anyways, with dinner we ordered a bottle of the Gainey sauvignon blanc for $36. Add that with two RW dinners and it should all be a little over $100 when all is said and done. However to my surprise, the actual bill was over $130. I stared at it in amazement for a second and then I realized that they charged me $60 for my $36 bottle of wine. The receipt read Gainey, which is what I ordered, but somehow it was now $24 more. While I'm waiting to flag down the waitress and ask, I hear the couple two tables over (there was nobody between us) ask "was our bottle of wine really $70?" At this point we all made eye contact, and they asked us if the same thing happened to us, which it did. Ultimately both our bills were fixed, but this obviously leads me to ask if this was all planned? Once is an accident. Twice within two minutes of each other is a pattern. We had ordered a different bottle than the other couple, so it definitely wasn't a mix up in the computer. This happening during Restaurant Week makes it extra suspicious to me - are they trying to recoup some of the discount by overcharging for wine? I'd think a lot of inexperienced diners would miss this on a bill and just pay it (personally, I started paying extra attention when I read on CH about Prezza). Anyone else have this experience? Am I a crazy conspiracy theorist?

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