June 1, 2009 by  

Hmmm...that kid tastes like chickenI had the good fortune to be able to take my wife out for dinner on Mother’s Day.

I broke my own commandment of never going out to eat on Mother’s Day due to poor service by temporary waiters brought in for the holiday rush, price gouging, and long lines.

I was however, pleasantly surprised by the service at our dinner destination: DiGusto’s.

When we walked in we were immediately greeted by an attractive, efficient hostess. Let the record show that The Godfather hates to wait, but worse yet, he hates ugly, old and tired looking hostesses! This pleasant hostess told us it would be 10 minutes and we could have a seat in the bar.

At the bar, we were waited on quickly. I was in the mood for a beer and it was VERY COLD!! What a small detail so many restaurants forget these days. How hard is it to make the beer “extra-cold”? Small things matter so much.

My wife normally goes through a painfully frustrating 20 minute process of ordering wine. The very busy bartender was most gracious in accommodating the 90 questions and samplings of every white wine in the house. I must admit, my girlfriends are much quicker to decide what they like to drink.

The walk to our table came shortly thereafter, and we were seated and attended to quickly. We were treated to a very nice added bonus; a singer!! Not sure if this is a regular thing or perhaps just hired for the Mother’s Day event, but the singer was very talented and walked throughout the restaurant singing Sinatra and Dean Martin type songs on a portable microphone and piped in background music (Karaoke style). A nice touch for all the patrons.

Time to order: again…my wife with the 90 questions. That’s a total of 180 for those of you scoring at home.

I ordered the spicy linguine with marinara clam sauce which was excellent, but too spicy for me (ed note…what part of spicy does The Don not understand?). This was my fault not the restaurants! If you like spicy it would be fantastic, I ordered spicy but thought it would be lighter. My wife ordered the fish and pasta and said hers was excellent.

The Godfather is always on edge when a young waitress waits on his table. I don’t like inexperience, poor knowledge of the menu, and general ignorance when it comes to basic dinning rules and etiquette. But I do like ample bosoms and will let things slide if confronted with said rack. Fortunately no trade off were needed on this day. I was impressed with our waitress. While young, she was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Another one of the Godfather’s pet peeves is the speed and tempo of the dining experience. Again the Godfather does not like to wait, but certainly does not like to be rushed either. Many a times the Godfather has sent back an entrée to the kitchen because a hyper young waiter decided he wanted to “move the table along” and place the entrée on the table next to my half finished salad. Di Gustos waited on us immediately, then came back for the order, spaced delivery of each course appropriately.

They did not do a hard sell for dessert and thank god almighty did not take forever to bring the check when I was bloated and ready to get the hell out of there and go home and sit on the couch.

All in all a good dining experience, price was acceptable for Mother’s Day also.

Until next month… respect, spend time with your family, and pray.

-The Godfather

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