I visited to Nyam Nyam Italiano (or Trattoria as it seems to be called now) on 3rd July 2012 with a friend. We were seated promptly and given menus by a waitress who almost smiled at us (this is where they get the star!).
We had not seen each other in a while and were there to catch up. Unfortunately, the man in the kitchen had other plans and decided to come to the front of the counter shouting and swearing about somebody he worked with, to the point that we could barely hear each other. One of my best friends is Italian and to witness the full force of a rant in Italian can be a very interesting experience as I am intrigued by different languages and very much enjoy finding a hint of culture in Newington. Unfortunately, this guy was swearing and shouting in the strange Scottish accent he has picked up which is something I could have witnessed at home.
The food was quite nice but in all honesty the experience can be easily replicated by buying dry pasta and a pot of Jamie's tomato sauce and cooking it at home. This would be a lot cheaper and apparently would involve much less hassle.
The menu is relatively expensive for just being pasta in sauce (£6.50 for penne pasta with pesto is rather ridiculous!). However, when we arrived we were told it was 20% off all pasta, pizza and risotto. Unfortunately for us, the waitress was not particularly good at mathematics. Our food should have cost £5.20 (£6.50 minus 20%) each and seeing as we had both ordered tap water we were expecting a bill of £10.40. The real bill was brought over and slammed down in front of us by the angry chef before we had even thought about asking for it. I was planning on ordering ice cream too but was not given the chance and didn't much feel like staying after our experience. The bill was £13.20 as the waitress had come to the conclusion that we should pay £5.60 for our meals (roughly 14% off) and charged us "service" of £1 each because we had both ordered a tap water!?
By this point I had given up on disputing. We paid and we left. We will not be returning.
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