I always thought the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld was a great character, but simply that, a fictional character. Until today. Today, I met the Pasta Nazi. the chef and owner of Oh Mamma Mia in Gulf Gate, Sarasota.
We arrived early at the restaurant(party of four with a reservation), and were offered a table right by the front door, where we could see (and could be seen) by everyone coming and going through the door.
I looked around and espied an empty table for four in the back. I mentioned to the hostess that we would prefer that table and panic flashed through her face. Apparently I had done the inexcusable and asked for a change in the tightly controlled running of the restaurant. See, not only do they take reservations, but they assign you a table when the reservation is made, and it s very hard to change.
After consulting with a gentleman in a white chef s garb, she suggested a hightopper table behind the table we wanted, but I don t enjoy eating fine food on a bar table, so I asked what the big problem was to swap one table for four for another one.
Then the big gun came into the picture, the chef in black. He approached us and suggested he could give us his keys so we could run his restaurant. When I pointed out that we only wanted to take a different table of the same capacity, he calmly pointed us to the door.
In any event, I can t recommend Mamma Mia s food, since I never got to to taste it. I can only say that I prefer my dining adventure a little more relaxed.
i can recommend another Italian restaurant we went to after so rudely being shown the door.. The Italian Grill, a couple of miles south of Gulf gate on 41. The atmosphere was relaxed, we were seated promptly without a reservation, the waiter was great, and the food was perfect. fresh sauces, good meats and delicious Italian pasta.
So, next time you want to order your food, move down the line and not ask for extras(thanks, Jerry) go to Oh Mamma Mia. If you want the opposite, go to the Italian Grill.
We like to try new places and my wife called several times to get a reservation. I was there at least once when she left a message, other times, she just hung up and called later. At any rate, we went in without a reservation, although there were customers at only one table on a Friday evening. When we mentioned that we had attempted to call, the chef (perhaps owner), berated my wife and inferred she was a liar. He then suggested we leave, which of course, we did. We did not act rudely at any time. We then spent over $100 somewhere else. Whatever happened to the customer is always right? I'm glad this guy is doing so well that he doesn't need customers, but I felt sorry for his waitstaff that were standing around with nothing to do. I'm sure they would have liked the tip I left elsewhere.
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