Tuscany Italian Restaurant
24 North Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450
In short, avoid this place at all costs. Why? Read on. On the way to West Virginia, my friends and I had stopped to have a meal at Macaddos, which is right next door but the wait was very long on a Friday night. We decided not to wait (mistake number one) and went to Tuscany next door which had no wait and almost nobody inside, which should have been clue one. We were seated by a bus boy whose eyes were glassy and blood shot, shirt untucked and completely unprofessional in seating us. Our waiter arrived promptly, the only time during the meal he would, also in an unprofessional air. Our waiter did not know the basics of the menu, and while enthusiastic to help, his lack of knowledge postponed our ordering by at least ten minutes while he checked. He didn't know the soup of the day, the specials were not written out well on his notepad so he had to constantly ask and he was unable to tell us if sauces were cream or broth based, which is fine if you aren't lactose intolerant which a member of are party is. Then the complimentary water came... with complimentary particulates that sunk to the bottom of our goblets. Next the sodas and other tap drinks came, the only point that they would during the night, even with a loud slurp or two to try and remind the waiter to ask. Even when I was blunt with the waiter, he constantly forgot the next round. We ordered the soup of the day, a tortellini soup in chicken broth... which was completely phoned in. The broth tasted like a watered down version of Swanson's, not very flavorful at all and the tortellini tasted and looked as if it were frozen, off the shelf from Wal Mart and just tossed in the broth. To make it look fancy, some parsley flakes were added for some green. The soup was served with dinner, won't even get into that and was sub par on all accounts. I got lasagna, which was very dry and didn't taste that good. Even the sauce was dry, which how one makes a dry marinara sauce is beyond me. Another of our party got a special of the day which was glorified calimari but did not sound like that from the description. It would have been cheaper to get the calamari appetizer which would have not had the fried fish bits but would have also lacked the fried zucchini which dominated the dish. Finally our third member got a wedge salad which was at most an eighth of a head of lettuce with less than one piece of bacon crumpled on top and two small pieces of feta with some oily bits of red pepper. The best part was that the wedge salad was $9.00. The food, for what we got, was very overpriced and I don't think I am doing the injustice of this meal justice with this description. Finally, although I hate to mention this, the bathrooms were deplorable. Both looked like they were unattended. One of the VMI students playing pool there had puked (he bragged) and it sat there for 30 minutes uncleaned, even when I asked them to clean up. The corner of the bathroom with the trash can had air fresheners all around to mask some god awful smell you would get a whiff of. There was almost no toilet paper and the soap was almost out. The ladies room, according to my friend, was even worse. One of the stalls was broken and reeked, there was no toilet paper, no soap (health code violation for their female hostess who kept hitting on the VMI students instead of doing her job), no paper towels and it looked dirty. The only satisfaction we got out of the meal was when the waiter asked about desert and we asked for the gelatto of the day... knowing he wouldn't know and would have to go back and ask.
Atmosphere Poor - FairDecor GoodService Poor - Fair
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