The Waiter Who Said “No”

Scene: Da Silvano’s Restaurant, Greenwich Village

Action: The waiter sets down the plate of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil that we ordered.

Mom: “Excuse me, but can we get some balsamic vinegar with that please?”

Waiter: “No, madam. This mozzarella is too fresh—it would be a crime to hide that freshness with vinegar.”

Stunned silence.

Me: “Mom, let’s just eat it this way.”

Mom: “Ok, fine.”

Dad (after the waiter leaves): “I’ve never heard a waiter say ‘no’ before like that.”

SCENE.

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