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Via Matta (long)

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Via Matta (long)

heathermb | Mar 14, 2006 12:04 PM

Had dinner with a group of friends (8 of us total) for a friend's birthday on Saturday night.

Our dinner was great. Appetizers included (I don't remember all of them): fresh mozzarella served simply with grilled bread and roasted peppers; the antipasto toscano plate of proscuitto, salami, pecorino cheese and a delicious chicken liver crostini; salads that looked fresh and delicious.

Entrees - well over half of us ordered the same thing - the tagliatelle bolognese - and we all loved it. Rich, but not to rich, great flavor, texture, and just the right amount of sauce to coat the pasta. Huge servings!

One DC had the ravioli nudi - essentially spinach/ricotta dumplings without the pasta - she was generous enough to give me a bite it was heavenly - light, delicate, with great flavor.

Another DC had the chicken milanese - the chicken was crisp, tender, buttery and delicous. The accompanying arugula salad was unfortunately over-salted.

Given the recent discussion of over-priced restaurants in Boston, I also want to point out that the prices are quite reasonable given the quality and flavor of the food and the fact of this restaurants location.

BIG GRIPE: When we closed out our bar tab before heading to our table I asked the bartender to close it on the card I gave him when I arrived. I signed the credit card slip and added an ~18% tip. During dinner a friend was looking over the bar tab and noticed that it had included a 20% service charge automatically for a party of 9 (bartender must have miscounted us). Shame on me for not noticing this and shame on them for allowing me to double-tip without double-checking that this was my intention.

I have no problem with an automatic service charge for large parties when a meal is involved, and we gladly paid it on our dinner bill.
But when it is ONE person (me) standing at the bar and ordering 4 cosmos, 3 glasses of wine and two bottles of spring water!? I thought this would be easier than a free-for-all of us each ordering and paying for our own drinks.
They did remove the additional tip when I pointed out the error to our server, but on principal I think this is a bad practice at the bar.

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