On Sunday afternoon – after watching a portion of a very depressing Steelers’ game at a far too crowded Daddy O’s – my husband, my brother, and I went to Barbuto to grab a late lunch. It was closer to 5pm, so we just wanted some small bites to tie us over till dinner. We looked at the menu, and it was not the same menu we remembered the last time we ate there. It was much more limited, so we figured we could ask if they had what we wanted.
I asked if they had a normal salad – maybe some fennel, tomatoes, veggies, etc – and the waiter said that they did, so I ordered that. M wanted a normal margherita pizza, but they only had a much more intense pizza with eggs and more on it, so M asked if they could make a margherita, and the waiter said no. He then, reluctantly, ordered a salad with chicken and farro to keep it lighter. My brother ordered carbonara pasta – he’s 6’8″ and 23 years old, so he has a need for something heavy about every hour on the hour.
When my salad came, it was a pile of arugula on a plate – no dressing, no veggies, not even tomatoes. First of all, I do not like Arugula – I hate it actually. I can only stand it if it is completely disguised by other flavors. Secondly, how in the world did the waiter deduct that I would be ok with arugula on a plate after what I specified?!?
M liked his salad, but was very disappointed with the limited menu and the resistance of the waiter to meet our desires. All he wanted was a pizza with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. If an Italian restaurant doesn’t have those items in their kitchen, shame on them. Same goes with my salad – I know they had other lettuce because it came out on M’s salad! I also know they had cherry tomatoes, onions, etc.
It was a very disappointing visit to Barbuto – the service was awful, the menu limited, and the result = not going back unless I hear it has changed dramatically.