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L'osteria Del Forno: Never again!

Leonardo | Nov 16, 200509:02 PM

I'm a PDX chowhound who was visiting two weeks ago. Had great experiences at Stella, Luella, various vendors at Ferry marketplace, & Ton Kiang.

Based on Frommer's guide and comments here, we went to L'osteria Del Forno on a Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. The place was less than half empty, there were plenty of larger unused tables & obviously about to thin further, but they insisted on seating us at a tiny table for "two".

When our "wine" glasses (actually tumblers) were brought, the server handled them from the top, covering with her fingers the area where I place my lips. Lovely.

The food was fine. I had some kind of ravioli that was tasty, I admit.

For dessert we had tiramisu & "chocolate mousse". The former we had far better at Stella. The latter more resembled chocolate pudding made from a mix.

She gave us the check without saying thank you. I paid the $61.00 bill with four twenties. She had the nerve to ask if I wanted change back! Either she's clueless, lazy, greedy, or all of the above. I can't stand when servers do that. Just get me my change, thank me, & allow me some solitude to calculate the tip. Getting in my face won't help them. I said in a civil tone that of course I want my change. So she brought me my change short $10! I guess she was either making a preemptive tip or an honest mistake.

I realize this isn't fine dining. But at a comparable place in my (sometimes too casual) town of Portland, I wouldn't be treated this carelessly & unprofessionally.

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