This is a reply to Pepper's post on the Manhattan Board in the thread about the bad experience someone had at Babbo.
"When you are paying for a meal, you have the right to expect a decent rendition of the food that the restaurant serves, no more, no less."
That is completely true, unless the restaurant agrees to accomodate your dietary wishes ahead of time. If a person with a special diet (due to allergies, vegetarianism, or any other reason) asks specifically about ingredients or makes a request for something to be prepared according to their needs and is told that their wishes will be met, it is NOT ok if the food served does not meet his or her specifications. Once a restaurant knows about your requirements and agrees to meet them, they really ought to be able to come up with something decent. If they can't, they shouldn't take your money or waste your time. I'd much rather be told up front that something isn't possible to prepare according to my needs than find out when it's served that I can't eat it.