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Il Cantuccio: Nice Meal, but a Mystery


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Il Cantuccio: Nice Meal, but a Mystery

Bashful3 | May 18, 2004 08:34 PM

Not at all crowded on a Tuesday night. Easy parking. (701 N. 3rd St, at Fairmount Ave, in Northern Liberties)

Tasty specials--$21 and $20 for veal scallops with sauce, veggies; perfectly cooked salmon, atop yummy sauce, with fresh clams and a couple of shrimp, escarole with just enough garlic. $8 veggie appetizer varied and nice, but not extraordinary.

Mystery: comes dessert time, and we learn that they are out of crepes, and horror of horrors, only have espresso--no decaf; no reg coffee, no tea. My friend and I thought the owner had "attitude" toward us, maybe because we asked for tap water instad of still ($4)! or bubbly. Lack of coffee to end the meal put a bad edge on the evening. I questioned the owner about this, saying we regreted not to be able to ask our spouses to come back, due to lack of coffee. He claimed "that's the way it's done in Italy".

What do you make of that answer? And, what do you think about a restaurant owner being unwilling to provide coffee or tea for paying customers? ((Never, ever had that experience in Italy)) Needless to say, we won't be back, despite the high quality of the food.

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