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When restaurants offend their good patrons !!

Buddernut | Nov 8, 200910:57 AM     7

Someone help me understand this. Everyone few months I always wind up with Saturday or Sunday company which I am unprepared for. So, I've taken to running into the North end to DePasquale's and getting fresh pasta (which has been very good). Then I hit up Il Pannino Express and get a dozen meatballs and sauce....then over to Modern or Marias. Voila, dinner everyone loves. This doesn't come cheap mind you, but in a pinch its worth it.

So, Saturday I had some relatives coming with just an hours notice and I made a fast run to North End. I get fresh pasta at DePasquales, and run to Ill Pannino. No problem they put up a dozen meatballs, plank the lid on and want to shove me off. I'm like "whoa Nellie", there's no sauce in there. They said right, only meatballs....we can't give you sauce. I stated that I will pay for the sauce....they said NO SAUCE. What the He11 good are the meatballs without the sauce ??? Who eats meatballs without sauce. They guy basically said take it or leave it. I would rather have left it, but had a half hour to get home. I pleaded and said look, I like your meatballs, and I don't want to buy sauce from somewhere else that will have a different flavor and seasoning from the meatballs. He said....NO SAUCE. I felt like I was fighting with the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. Then he leans in and whispers to me (and I thought great, the guy feels for me and will sell me some sauce). He says "Go to DePasquales". I said, that's weird, I just bought fresh pasta there. He said buy their sauce (Gosh dang, I'm so confused at this point). Why would Il Panno tell me to buy someone else's sauce........ding ding ding...hello !!! I figured it out. Il Pannino is selling their sauce to DePasquales put up in jars with the DePasquale label. The guy says yup, that's our sauce. So after dropping 40 bucks, I run to DePasquale's grabbed what looked like an 8 oz. little jar, bring it to the register, and oh cwap....it was nine bucks and change !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $8.95 to be exact, then add tax. I thought Rao's was expensive and the jar was half the size. It wasn't even enough sauce to dampen the pasta. What is Il Pannino using gold-plated tomatos?? But I made do by adding a few things here and there.

Bottom line is I have no fuss with the actual food, but boy what a rotten way to do business.

Shame, shame shame.

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