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Very disappointed at Savona

Melissa | Feb 21, 2003 10:09 PM

My husband and I had a belated Valentine's dinner at Savona tonight. It was my first time there; he'd been once before and long ago, and didn't remember how it was (he goes out to a lot of expensive Main Line restaurants for work, and they all start to blur after you've been to Taquet 12 or more times). Our overall impression: absolutely not worth what they are charging.

We couldn't get a 7 PM reservation; they could only give us 6:30. When we left (at 8), half the tables were still empty, so we're not sure what that was about. The sommelier was visibly disappointed that my husband (a complete non-drinker) didn't order any wine and that I only ordered a glass, despite the fact that I asked for his recommendation and took great interest in it.

We found the menu far too seafood-heavy. Everything had seafood in it except the filet and the lamb; ALL of the specials were fish. We skipped the appetizer course because we are usually too full for three courses and decided we wanted dessert; when we saw the dinner portion sizes, we were sorry. $33 for a scallop dish that was 95% peas and edamame; it included *five* scallops. $33 buys you five scallops? Greg's sea bass was overcooked and dry and served with what could only be considered garnish, not any sort of side item. I had the chocolate souffle for dessert which was delicious; if it hadn't been I'd have been even more annoyed than I am. Greg had the warm chocolate cake which was about the size of the lid from a jar of spaghetti sauce. It was the smallest $10 dessert I'd ever seen.

The little extras were good (except for the most dry sourdough roll I've ever had) but didn't make up for the sad entree; we had little cups of lobster bisque (which was nice, but there wasn't enough seafood already?) and little squares of pear-apricot strudel. The chocolate and chocolate covered strawberry that came with the check were nice, but again: would have rather had a few more scallops.

The service was at first annoyingly non-attentive (we sat for almost ten minutes waiting for menus or water or even a greeting from a waiter, despite being the only people in our particular room AND there being five employees within view) and then annoyingly over-attentive. There was someone at our table every. five. minutes. For a "romantic dinner," it was incredibly crowded. And when they weren't actually coming over to the table, they were walking halfway across the room, craning their necks to look at our plates, and walking away. People, this restaurant was UNDERbooked. It's not like there was someone waiting for our table (in fact, the three tables surrounding us were empty). It's hard to enjoy your $33 entree when you feel like the waiter (and the sommelier, and the bread guy, and the water guy, and the guy who takes the plates away, and the guy with the little crumb vacuum, and the guy who brings you more silverware) are all having dinner with you. The servers were all nice, they just wouldn't go away long enough to let us enjoy the meal.

It was $120, including tip, and wasn't worth nearly that much. We were much, much more pleased with our dinner last week at Chloe and next time we will go with our instinct: cancel the stupid reservation and go to Rx instead.

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