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Posted by Helen on 05/28/2012
The food is okay and reasonably priced, but the service was downright rude. Whenever one of our party had trouble pronouncing the name of a dish, the server would raise his eyebrows and loudly give the correct pronunciation in a very condescending tone of voice. When I asked for the mozzarella panini (which has an Italian name that I tried to say), the server again corrected me in that condescending tone, and added with a sneer, "You know that's a panini, right?" (Yes. Yes, I do. Believe it or not, I can actually understand the English description that says "panini.") Also, when we asked if they had soda, they brought us the wine list. (I can only assume they don't serve soda...? If that's the case, it would've been better service if they had just explained.) Despite the $9-$20 lunch price range, the atmosphere here was fancy (like a $20-$50 restaurant). When we walked in on Memorial Day, all of the other diners were wearing button-up shirts, khakis, etc. Being starving and having just chosen a restaurant at random, we showed up in jeans and t-shirts. Given that we are clean, polite, and always tip regardless of service, I can only assume the sneering and patronizing we received was either due to our clothing or our lack of familiarity with the Italian language. Either way, a restaurant in this price range and with such mediocre food has no right to be so snobby.
Posted by John Andrews on 06/26/2009
I've eaten here twice while in McLean on business. This is a very competent Italian restaurant. Pleasant dining area on the second level of a shopping center. The red snapper with crabmeat topping was fantastic.