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Grotto - Don't go there

The Seeker | Sep 17, 2005 08:14 PM

First I'd like to thank the folks that gave me suggestions for places to eat in Boston. I'm enjoying the city and it's many charms.

Now - I chose poorly for my dinner choice. You can see from the subject line that I chose Grotto for my romantic dinner and ended up very unhappy. I didn't expect a really loud dining room. It was quite loud (altough it quieted through the course of the meal as people left).

The $33 pre-fix is misleading. I had it mentioned to me via e-mail when I asked for the wine list. When we went to order 3 courses we were informed that it was two course and dessert. Now, it's not about the money, but don't mislead me into thinking I'm getting something I'm not. Moving on - The Prosecco was flat. I'd guess the bottle had been open for at least a couple of hours based on how flat it was (if not from the previous night). Then waitress returned with a menu and informed me that 'we are out of the lamb'. Sigh. It looked so good too.

The Buffalo Mozzorella and tomato salad was horrible. The cheese was not 'fresh'. It was dry and crumbly. The tomato rather than being a nice beefsteak or even roma tomato's (or on the vine) was a very mealy common tomato. (Is produce that hard to come by in Boston?)

The Pasta course was excellent for both of us. And proportioned perfectly.

The main course was good, but nothing special from the meat end. The risotto it was placed on was very good. And my companion's steak was undercooked (usually steaks are overcooked, so this was interesting).

Choosing coffee over dessert, I was actually looking forward to leaving.

After signing the check, I approached our waitress and politely asked them to call us a taxi. Then after I returned to the table. She approached and said, "Taxi's don't really come here. Walk down the street and catch a cab there." Excuse me? Her statement might have been true, but she could have said that when I asked and what if it had been raining as it so often has this week.

Yeah. Sorry folks, but IMHO, I think you should take Grotto off your list of places to dine. The $100 check without wine wasn't merited by the food. And the taxi thing was appalling. I certainly wouldn't eat there again.

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