My husband and I ate at Trattoria Arrivederci with another couple on Saturday night. Having read the previous reviews, I made a reservation in advance. I was glad that I did, because the place was packed! It was also quite dark and loud (sounded like karaoke coming from the bar area), with tiny tables placed too closely together. This restaurant would benefit greatly from relocating to a larger space.
We were shown to our table right away, and our drink order was taken very shortly after. I hadn't even had a chance to look at the wine list yet, but oh well. The ordering process went off without a hitch (except that the wine that I asked to have brought with my entree came out with my appetizer). I had looked at the menu online, and was really looking forward to the mushroom martini appetizer. This was quite disappointing, and shame on me for falling for the "food served in a martini glass is trendy" gimmick. The martini glass was full of mushrooms and some goat cheese, but the olive tapenade was missing. The sauce was VERY watery, and by the time it cooled down enough in the middle for me to eat more than a quarter of it, I had lost interest. My husband ordered the chicken cordon bleu appetizer, which we both found to be very tasty, if tiny. When they say "miniature," they mean it!
And then, we waited. And waited. We actually saw the waitress look at our table, register that we didn't have our entrees yet, make a "WTH" expression, and turn back toward the kitchen. And then we waited some more. At no time were we given an apology or an explanation about what was taking so long. I bet our friends wished they had ordered appetizers, too, with as long as we had to wait for our entrees.
When the entrees finally arrived, they were delicious. I ordered the halibut special, which was flaky, moist, and delicious. My husband tried a bite and he said it just kept getting yummier in his mouth. He and one of our friends had the shrimp ravioli, and our other friend had the gnocchi. Every plate was virtually licked clean.
Since the restaurant was dark, cramped, loud, and less than half a mile from our friends' house, we decided not to hang around over dessert & drinks. My husband asked for the check and put his credit card and our Groupon inside the black folder. The waitress took it, brought it back, and announced to the entire table "I don't know whose credit card this is, but you can see here that I took off $40 for your Groupon." Classy, really. My husband and I were embarrassed, because we were treating our friends to dinner, and it's tacky to flash around how much you pay when you take someone else out. That combined with the amount of time we had to wait for our entrees with no communication cut into her tip.
All told, it's a good thing the entire menu is available to go. That's the only way I'd recommend trying this place.
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