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Zingari - worst Italian dining experience

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Zingari - worst Italian dining experience

flip | Dec 17, 2004 01:58 AM

Avoid Zinagri on Post street!

We ended up there because nobody else had a table, and my 92 year old grandmother couldn't walk any farther. It looked fairly cute from the street, but once you get inside you realize it's just a balconey of a second rate hotel (who I later learned doesn't suggest Zingari to the hotel guests... so what does that tell you?). They didn't seem to care that we were with someone elderly, and sent us to the bar, which is really an alcove from the seating. We started to leave, and only then did they seat us. Okay, typical so far right? They then stuck us near the piano at a table literally lodged up against the baby grand. The manager (who has a picture of him greeting President Clinton on display like you're supposed to be impressed) got up in my face when I asked if there would be loud singing, and acted as though I insulted him. Our waitress couldn't read us the specials without busting into a fit of giggles, because she was struggling with her own use of English as a second language. We tried to wave her off, not caring at that point, but she insisted on standing there and giggling her way through repeating the same dish over, and over. Or trying to. The food arrived luke warm, on very hot plates (microwave perhaps?) and was so tasteless yet so so so very greasy, that it was just unedible. The steak my Mother ordered arrived tough, and burnt, with a side of wet overcooked greasy cabbage, and runny instant mashed potatos. Very disgusting. We sent the food back after only a few bites. When the bus boy pleaded with us to order something else we refused, and wondered why he was sent to deal with us. We paid our tab in full, when they brought us the check without a single item removed, just because we wanted to get out of there, and remove the horrid after taste from our mouths. That's when the manager got up in my face, furious, blocking my exit, and informed me that he's served thousands who all loved it. I told him just how bad the food was, and reminded him that he didn't take off a dime off the bill, and charged us for food we didn't and couldn't eat. It's not Italian. Nobody in the place is Italian. The food is garbage, the live entertainment is tone deaf, and the staff are just outright abusive. I've had bad meals before, but this one takes the cake. AVOID!!!!

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