Apologies for the delay in posting this- I had to process it for a while before I could write about it! Last week, a friend and I met for dinner before going to the Celtics game. I had read such good things about Volle Nolle so we had planned to go there a few weeks beforehand and I had checked a menu online and it looked great.
I met my DC at the restaurant and we were the only people in there. I sat down and was immediately handed a 3 page menu that was folded over and hard to follow-- both because the papers were disorganized and not held together by anything and because none of the menu items looked like what I had seen online. This menu was very typical North End and had apps, pasta and mains and was not at all what I was expecting. I looked on the window to make sure I was in the right restaurant, and sure enough it said Volle Nolle on it. I felt like I was in a weird Twilight Zone episode, and my DC, who isn't up on the food world, was blissfully chatting away about the menu, unaware that it wasn't what it was supposed to be. I kept looking at the menu but nothing was computing, and it took me forever to decide what to order, as nothing looked appealing. The server who also seemed to be a manager (seemed very restaurant-experienced, wasn't a spring chicken, was doing things like fixing the lighting in the place) was very friendly and took our order and it was only as I was giving the menu back to her that I processed the fact that some of the menu items had the words "Pomodoro's own" in front of them, which only made me more confused. I am confrontation phobic, so didn't ask the obvious question of why this would be written on the menu. I was also so confused!
The server brought the 2 of us a whole antipasto platter for free, in addition to the Caesar salad we ordered along with some sort of chicken carbonara. I ate the meal in a daze. She also brought us tiramisu to finish, for free. The whole thing was so confusing- we paid (in cash-- she informed my DC they only accepted cash so I picked some up at an ATM along the way)and left. After we left I explained the situation to my DC and as we walked down Hanover Street and passed Pomodoro, I looked at the menu posted in the box outside the restaurant. At this point, I am sure you will not be surprised that it was of course, the EXACT same menu -- not just the items, but of course the type face etc, the actual same menu. It then made sense why our menus were all disorganized- I assume they took the paper menus out of their hard menu covers which probably said "Pomodoro" on them.
Of course I went and checked this board right away as well as the internet and learned that Volle Nolle was no longer, which made everything make a little more sense. But not really. I felt duped-- there was nothing anywhere in the restaurant that said "under new management" or "Pomodoro." In fact, I learned later from my DC that before I got there, he asked the server how long the restaurant had been there, and she said "Oh we've been around for many years." Referring to Pomodoro, I am assuming now. I'm not sure what Siobhan Carew looks like- it could have been her, or not. But she was definitely someone who knew what she was talking about/doing.
I'm not mad per se: It was what it was and we had an enjoyable evening at the Celtics after, and of course, I didn't say anything when it was happening. In other words, I won't be writing any emails asking for $4 or treble damages :) But I do think the whole thing was so weird, no? Anyone know anything about Volle Nolle/Pomodoro? Thoughts?