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.”
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.”