Friday, March 04, 2011

Alice Pizza - off my radar

I've been blessed (cursed) with restaurant radar. You know, that inkling you get when something just isn't right. The absence of the patron, who in former days was omnipresent, new staff (who seems new to the restaurant business) , groups of English speaking tourists being fawned over. Dishes that bear the marks of culinary ineptitude (ie vegetables that haven't been cut by someone who knows how to cut them, bad seasoning). I got all of these in rapid succession last night at Alice Pizza, and , as usual (to my my general discredit), I ignored what my radar was telling me. I should have walked out after waiting 25 minutes for a menu, but then I told myself they seem pretty busy with all these Anglo/student/tourist groups (ping!), then came the crostini with clumsily cut tomatoes complete with the inedible parts and accompanied by a wilted salad with a mouth puckering sour balsamic vinaigrette (ping, ping!), and the pizza, inspired by the memory of another (a gorgonzola, raspberry balsamic dream of a pie) , that was only a pale impression of what came before: microscopic squirts of sauce, two dollops of gorgonzola, and a crust that tasted like a naan from the takeout a few doors down. I should have gone there.

4 comments:

Joie de Vivre said...

I know exactly how you feel. I could always rely on a good meal at Au Bon Accuiel in the 7th but on my last visit I knew something was terribly wrong -
filled to the gills with english speakers, the waiters were all new but when I asked if the ownership had changed, they blatantly lied. Turns out it had been sold. Now, that restaurant is off my list.

Adrian said...

Happens far too often unfortunately. And as I'm an obsessive, too often my enthusiasm gets in the way of critical judgement ! OH well.

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