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Clients Quoted #2

Me: The restaurant is fabulous, it's really worth the taxi ride. The menu super-fresh fish and the chef is wonderful.

Client: Yea, we want like veal Parmesan or chicken Parmesan, do they have that?

Me: (Gasping on the inside) No! You'll have to go back to the states for that, there's no Olive Garden in Ischia.

--During a conversation where I was recommending one of the best restaurants on the island--an Italian island, not a strip mall island...I could bite my tongue with the gas-price guy (Clients Quoted #1), but this one touched my food nerve.



Blogger Tina said...


8/09/2006 1:08 PM

Blogger Ale said...

OH this is REEEEEAAALLY bad! i have a friend that asked for chiken parmiggian at this really fancy italian restaurant in manhattan... a restaurant i was a regular at... well NOT AFTER that embarassment!!!! :)

8/09/2006 9:18 PM

Blogger Sicilian said...

Tracie. . . you must educate all your well to do clients. . . they may have more money than they know what to do with. . . but dear . . . they lack in the brain department. . . Teach them Trace. . . Teach them.

8/10/2006 12:20 AM

Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Again, don't people read guide books before they travel? Long time ago a friend took me to Olive Garden. It was foul. I have never been back since.

8/10/2006 8:00 AM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

I have had numerous experiences like this over the years but the best just recently. An investor, who runs a very large fund, had come to visit. He had already been there several times and we had taken him to various places in Rome and Milan.

One day we are talking and he says, "When you come to Boston I should take you to (place), It is the best Italian restaurant."

I looked at him in total disbelief... Since, I have never let him forget it...

8/10/2006 8:31 AM

Blogger Finn said...

You should have told them to go to Parma...

Here through BlogMad. I'm putting you on my blogroll. I'll be out your way in October. Maybe I'll learn something.

Your new home is beautiful!

8/10/2006 11:25 AM

Blogger Chantel said...

I want to stick a knife in my chest.

8/10/2006 3:51 PM

Anonymous Pat said...

Not to hearken back to an earlier post, but on the subject of food, I just found out that you can buy ricci in the Bronx...who would have known...

8/10/2006 7:08 PM

Blogger Darbs said...

I know it's been a while since I commented...I'm still here though and you are still one of my favorite bloggers!

How dare they ask for such commercialized dishes while in Italy...some people just don't have any home training...LOL!

Hope you are doing well...the pics are as beautiful as ever!

8/10/2006 7:46 PM

Blogger kigogal said...

Ewwwwwww! I seem to run into these clueless types pretty often, too. Always makes me feel a little nauseated for the crap they must eat when they don't have anyone guiding them toward things that are delicious.

8/10/2006 8:29 PM

Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

As a girl who HATES seafood, I am with the customer on this one! heheheheh! I learned how cook a mean chicken parm. so just send him my way!


8/11/2006 1:56 AM

Blogger Dayngr said...

You know what they say... Common Sense isn't all that common!

8/14/2006 11:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you are still without a computer to wow us readers with your wit and gift for word. Can you feel the sadness! Hurry back. We miss you!

8/18/2006 9:32 AM


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