My SO and I went for dinner tonight in Rome and although we enjoyed our meals, we saw some amazing food coming out of the kitchen that I am sure was not on the menu or specials board. We are genuinely interested in the food and menu, try to ask questions, and I feel we are polite and friendly. I do not feel that this has happened in the previous places that we visited, but we were in extremely quiet (tourist wise) places. Is there something I can specifically ask, in Italian if necessary (although I can't really speak it well) to ensure that I get what the chef recommends and is fresh for that day? I am sad that I missed out tonight on an amazing looking raw artichoke salad and some beautiful langoustines.