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Cafeteria on Newbury..Worst Meal...Ever

firenze413 | Apr 7, 2008 11:21 AM

Hi, everyone. I eat out in Boston all the time, and no matter the service or the food, I enjoy myself. I literally have never written a bad review about a place, because there is always something I can pull out of the experience that was good.

Cafeteria on Newbury was so bad I had to say something. First of all, trying to be nice...the look of the restaurant I kind of liked, it was all white, and had clean lines. This is my own fault, but after eating here I looked at some other reviews and it mentioned this restaurant is trying to pull in the Armani Cafe crowd. I should have known then, as I hated the majority of the pretentious people (cheesy dorks in my opinion) who ate there. The hostess was nice to us, and sat us right away. We ran into another group of friends who also had reservations, they were not so lucky and waited 20 minutes standing around other tables which were empty. In fact we watched as the hostess rudely sent away people (most were clearly tourists) even though there were a ton of tables empty. In retrospect it makes sense that they didn't want to fill those tables because the service sucks so bad. Our waitress was young and sweet, but very slow. It took us over a half an hour to get anyone to even come over to our table, and we basically had to kidnap the waitress to do so. She only had 4 other tables. On a side note, I did notice at least 3 seperate parties literally leaving their tables to track their waiter/waitress down to be able to pay their bill...not a good sign. Finally we get our drinks, which weren't bad. Another half hour later I grab another person (not our waitress because I hadn't seen her in 20 minutes) to ask if we could get four waters when they got a second. When the waitress came back with our appetizer we ordered another round, and asked her for suggestions for our main course. Big mistake. I am Italian and make homemade pasta and sauce, so I will admit to being a little more critical than most when it comes to pasta, but this was a joke. But before we get to our dinner..second round of drinks comes. None of them were the same drink as our first round, all different colos, and in different glasses. I almost started laughing, my friend mentioned the difference to the waitress, who asked if we wanted to send them back. Fearing another 20 minute wait without alcohol, which was very much needed in this situation, we declined. Another big mistake of ours, mine tasted like kool aid, my friends tasted like seltzer water (she had a martini). I think what angered me the most about our drinks is that it took so long, yet the bar was right in front of us, and there were two bartenders with 4 people at their bar, and they were too busy talking to make our drinks!! Then dinner came, my friends went safe with pizza...not good pizza, but I was jealous. Mine (recommended by the waitress as the "best") was penne arrabiata. It was overcooked Shaw's Market pasta with prego pizza sauce and a bottle of pepper thrown on it. It was the worst pasta I have ever eaten. I actually feel bad writing that, but it seriously was. I took 3 bites, and didn't finish it. To end the evening I ordered a captain and coke...cannot screw that up. There was zero rum in this drink, and the coke was flat. Like I said I never complain, so we didn't, and we paid 20% on our bill, because that is just what we do...but I could not let this go so had to warn people. I wanted to try a new place, but stick with the old faithfuls in the neighborhood, Atlantic Fish, Abe's, Douzo, Toro, B+ G, etc. I guess new is not always better.

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