Had we not had this immediate, negative experience, I might
Had we not had this immediate, negative experience, I might have enjoyed the food others are raving about.
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We were seated by a very pleasant, professional staff person, who also brought water. I went to wash up, returned, and had just began speaking with my friend, when, quite unexpectedly, another staff member, who was to be our waitress, quite nearly pounced upon us. (The restaurant was not, by any means, crowded).
We looked up and said we were sorry, we weren't ready to order just yet. She said, with a definite glare, "I JUST want to tell you our specials." We murmured things like, "Oh, okay, yes, but..we think we alredy know what we want." And then the waitress stormed away as suddenly as she had blown in.
Now, we are not inexperienced in restaurants of all types. Rustica is supposed to be more civilized. Despite the neat hair and black and white 'uniform', this server was quite like a "tough". Thank you, but no, thank you. We left.
I'll say, too, that in no restaurant, whether a genuine diner, nor a posh place, should one not take a hint when all servers are standing in a group, which they were. The food may be wonderful, but I'll never taste it.