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Our dinner after MFA fenway/ food allergies

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Our dinner after MFA fenway/ food allergies

werahern | Aug 3, 2011 09:02 AM

Last night we stopped in at Trattoria Toscana for an early dinner after a day at MFA. When we told them it was our wedding anniversary they were very sweet to us but when I told them I had food allergies they brought out the Chef. He went through the dishes on the menu and what I wanted to order, appropriately concerned without making too big a deal about it. He made it clear he understood my issues and could accommodate me. This made it so much easier to relax and enjoy my meal. It was early and we weren't all that hungry but what we tried was wonderful. My pork chops and grilled vegetables were simply delicious. My husband had the trout special and loved it. We will be back, as sadly it is not always easy to find restaurants willing to care for you in such a way.

This hit home hard about 2 hours later.

After a walk we got caught in heavy rain and literally ran to Canestaro’s for coffee/tea and dessert. Everything went downhill at this point. When I asked if they had a decaf tea I was given a box of assorted old tea bags and told to look and see if there was anything I would want in there. Really? You can’t just say you don’t have decaf. No decaf coffee either. OK, I ordered a soda.

We each ordered a dessert but because of the food allergies I asked if our server could check with the kitchen to see if mine was safe for me. He came back to say they couldn't be sure. Did I want to order something else? Well if I order something else… will I get the same answer? We could keep doing this all night and I do not want to have an allergic reaction. Restaurants should know what they are serving. I could feel myself getting upset and was tempted to leave but there was a torrential downpour outside, my husband had ordered a dessert and had his coffee. After a long wait our waiter came back, not with my husband’s dessert but to ask once more if I wanted him to check with the kitchen to see if I could have anything else. He told me they make a lot of their own desserts and seemed clueless as to why I had no faith in the kitchen at this point. He returned 2 minutes later to say they could not be sure of anything and they would prefer not to say what is safe to eat. Those are his words. Again, restaurants should know what they are serving – particularly if they made it! He had ignored the fact that I had told him to bring my husband his dessert and I would have nothing. So we were left sitting there while all this went on, my husband had his coffee and no dessert. When it finally came it wasn’t worth the wait. To make it worse the server suggested we not rush and enjoy sitting in the restaurant. Seriously? What was I supposed to enjoy?

If you want to eat good food in the Fenway, where the kitchen has a grasp on what it is serving, I would strongly suggest Trattoria Toscana!

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Trattoria Toscana
130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

Canestaro's
16 Peterborough St, Boston, MA 02215

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