First visited Cafe Toscano last evening with a Groupon ($40). All the usual on being seated: ordered a bottle of Chianti, followed by entrees: penne arrabita & lobster (some scallops & shrimp but no trace of lobster) ravioli w/dinner salads. Average to a little better than average. Service was good: a bit slow filling water glasses and delivering bread to the table. But we enjoyed the wine and dinner. One chocolate gelato and a coffee followed dinner (not really gelate but chocolate ice cream). Then our waitress announced that she would add the gratuity to our check due to the Groupon. OK, I expected 18% on food and wine, maybe 20%. In the end, Leslie, our waitress, added over 21.3% on everything: food, wine, sales tax, the groupon.
Again, the service and food are average to a little better than average, and prices for pasta better than average ($18.95 penne arrabiata & $23.50 lobster ravioli). We were seated shortly after 6PM so the restaurant was not busy; service should be better especially for the generous gratuities the wait staff tacks on to the total. I would not recommend this establishment based on quality of food / dollar value, service / practices.