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Bad Clams Rising at Olivio's (Arlington)


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Bad Clams Rising at Olivio's (Arlington)

Winter | Nov 25, 2002 11:23 PM

Had a chance to try Olivio's Arlington sunday night.
Nice redo of the old falafal place X from capitol theater. Pleasant room, white t-cloths w/ white butcher paper for doodleing, and had lots of time to doodle. It took an hour to get our main courses.

A Cesar salad app. had a very good eggy, 'chovie, homemade dressing, & is recomended. The sauce on the pasta, while i'll admit was red, had no decernable flavor whatsoever. Seriously don't think bottled sauce is normally that bland. - unpleasant -.

The piece (that provided the most) resistance was the unfortunate arrival of the linguini with calms.

My question is: if my partner could tell the clams were bad the moment their aroma reached the table, why is it the chef or server (anyone prior to the customer?) in this upscale restaurant couldn't get the same clue? I did what i believed to be the honorable thing, and tried one clam for her. Big mistake.
In fairness they offered to replace the dish w/ another
and later our waitress apologised (they had tried them too) but now (an hour and a quarter after ordering) we cut our losses and split my sole batter w/ lemon & freshly grated cheese
(which, in fairness, was a pretty good dish)
they also might have perhaps offered us a drink or desert or something in the way of 'were sorry we ruined your dinner'... Nothing.
So, average in that, a good salad, inedible pasta, and yesterday's seafood, and I think the kitchen has their work cut out for them.

A couple of women @ next table had some polenta with a huge portion of mushrooms over it... & seemed to enjoy it. Good bread. Excellent bottle of olive oil on the table, so now if they can learn to make a marinara sauce
and keep an eye on their fishmonger or fridge temp.
they may still get it together. (open only 6 weeks)
maybe give it a try next month when they've shaken down a bit more, not me though.


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