Restaurants & Bars 7

The Worst Ever, Alberto's Rancho Mirage

Joe Colombo | May 21, 200812:37 AM

I'm still in shock! Went to that terrible place with a friend Sunday night. At 7:30, maximum ten people were eating.

My dining partner brought a bottle of good Chianti from his cellar, but we decided to order a bottle of Sauvignon blanc to start. The only Sauvignon was unavailable, so we ordered a Pinot Grigio found in every supermarket for around $7.00. We paid $35.00 for it.

I ordered "Shrimp Scampi": 2 oz of butterflied shrimp in a watery white wine "sauce" with at least 2 Tbs. of raw garlic!!! $12.00, terrible.
My companion ordered a Tomato and Mozzarella appetizer which was edible. The Mozza was definitely not Buffala as advertised.

Alberto's is supposetly known for it's veal dishes, so we ordered Osso Bucco at $38.00 and Veal Chop at $42.00.
The meat was well cooked, but we both had the same garnishes, pasta and raw broccoli, both lacking seasoning.

We enjoyed our Chianti and because of our lively conversation, we did almost enjoy our evening...untill we asked for the check.
$190.00 for a mediocre (at best) Italian meal? Looking closely at the bill, we noticed being charged a $15.00 corkage fee.

I asked the waiter, a carier busboy, if there was a mistake and he told us no, this how we do it.
Asking to talk to a manager, we were told that the manager had already left.

I have brought my own wines to L'Atelier in Vegas, Daniel Boulud, and many places in the desert, never have I been charged a corkage fee when I ordered a bottle from their wine list.

We finally paid the check, including the outregious corkage fee, and here is the kicker, on my way out, I was challenged to a fight in the parking lot by our waiter!!!

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