After careful consideration of suggestions on this board, four of us chose Tre Scalini for our one night in Philly. We chose several fine wines and were all set for a great evening and dining experience.
Our waiter insisted which of our wines we try first. While we all have our own opinions on wines, we were amazed at how relentless this waiter was. Downright obnoxious, actually. When we did not heed his suggestion, several frowns and looks of disgust appeared on his face.
Next came our appy order. Since I wasn't sure if I wanted an entire order of mussels, I inquired as to how large the portion was. Apparently, this was a question he could not (or would not) answer. He became very annoyed and insisted he didn't know and could even begin to guess. I ordered a full order and they were cooked to perfection!
Next came entrees. One of our group ordered veal and when asked by our waiter "rare or medium rare?" The response was "actually I prefer mine medium well." Again, looks of distain and disapproval and an entire lecture on how HE thought the veal should be served. This rant went on for several minutes.
When our entrees arrived, I committed the final faux pas. Squid ink paparadelle with lump crab and shrimp. I asked for grated Parmesan. Okay, okay, hold onto your hats! I like Parmesan with my pasta, okay? I wasn't going to put it on the fish...just the pasta! Well, that was too much for this particular waiter..he huffed off, bringing a small dish of NOT Parmesan, but Romano. His crankiness and frowns continued through our entire meal. We would have asked to see the owner, but instead opted for leaving a 15% tip. He truly took all the joy out of eating at this establishment.
While waiting outside for a cab, this waiter came outside to find us, complaining about the paltry tip! My husband tried to explain that he had served us with a very poor attitude the entire evening. He went back in, only to return outside a second time yelling that he would remove our tip from the credit card charge! I'll see if that actually happens.
All in all, the food was good. Not fantastic, but no complaints about the food. But, the service made it intolerable. If you see a waiter in his mid 30's, clown-type pants and a bad attitude...choose another restaurant!