I call BS on Centovini's [moved from Manhattan board]


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I call BS on Centovini's [moved from Manhattan board]

kissy28c | Apr 3, 2009 11:51 AM

I need your opinion. On March 20th, I went to Centovini's on West Houston with my boyfriend at 6:30 for a pre show meal. First off, we were the only ones in the dining room and my story may explain why.

The BF and I aren't wine connoisseurs but we almost always order a fine bottle at dinner so we've come to know quite a bit. We ordered a bottle of Rosso Conero Riserva Rubelliano 2003 Enzo Mecella. It was 60 bucks, fine. The waiter took the bottle off the wine shelf and showed us the bottle. He walked away. Minutes later he came back with the empty bottle and the wine decanted. The BF and i were perplexed. We tasted it.. but was it really the bottle we ordered? How did we know he didn't switch the wine with something behind the bar. We contemplated talking to management but finally called the waiter back over and asked him if it was "house policy" to decant the wine away from the customers. His response was that it was totally normal "some restaurants open the bottle in front of the customer - others don't. I didnt' want it to spill in front of you".

Do you call bullsh!t? I do. Is this something you've experienced anywhere else? This wasn't a cheap dinner and i really expect decent service. This just blew my mind. Please tell me if I was overreacting. Oh and btw, we're never going back to Centovini's.

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