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Restaurant substitutions-similar experiences?

markabauman | Jun 16, 2009 11:09 AM

Recently went to a new restaurant in town that has taken over a location previously occupied, but vacant for awhile, of another pizza/pasta place. Different owners, different name. Saw a special pizza listed, something like a white pizza with zucchini, fresh tomato, mushrooms and onions. Asked the server if we could have the pizza, hold the onions. She pointed to a notice on the menu which said "No substitutions". We're not talking about a high-end degustation place. She said we could order the white pizza and add zucchini, fresh tomato and mushrooms. ??? When I asked her what the difference was, she shrugged her shoulders and repeated "No substitutions". I don't know if there was a price difference either way (shouldn't be and really didn't matter), but I was bewildered. Kind of reminded me of the famous diner scene with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces", if anyone remembers that. Anyone ever have a similar experience? Seems like 99% of the time, most places will be accommodating for any omissions, inclusions, especially if something is made a la minute like a pizza. Keep in mind, this place is just starting their business; I realize they want to set their own rules, but it didn't seem like a good way to make a new (and hopefully returning) customer welcome.

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