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Specials that aren't special?


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Specials that aren't special?

Allie D'Augustine | Mar 7, 2003 12:56 PM

I just noticed a post by Sylvia about an appetizer special that her husband likes at Tre Scalini that seems "always" to be available.

Every time I go to Tre Scalini (ok, twice), there's been this lovely squid ink pasta dish with a tomato sauce with shrimp and crab. (That dish is great, BTW, except for the extremely unfortunate tendency to overcook the shrimp. It's the only pasta I've ever had that comes close to my dad's homemade. The other pastas there don't seem to be this consistently good, and it makes me overlook what would otherwise be inexcusably overcooked shrimp.)

I also hear about this same dish from others. I can't resist ordering it. On the other hand, it ALWAYS seems to be a special. So what makes it a special? Why is the regular menu at Tre Scalini so short, and the specials list so long, yet unchanging?

Are there other Philly restaurants that do this? It sort of irritates me and can overshadow perfectly decent food.


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