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Re: “Piece

We'd carried out pizza from here before and were terribly disappointed. With as popular as Piece is, we figured it was just a bad night and wanted to give it another chance. We went as part of a small group that was joining a larger group, a party for a friend of a friend. The pizza was definitely much better, however, the waiter was an absolute jerk. I usually give servers the more than the benefit of the doubt, but this guy took the cake. When my girlfriend asked if we could have some additional chairs (another staff member told us to "just ask" if we needed more) the waiter hemmed and hawed about how the reservation was for 20 and basically it was our problem, and also that they were out of chairs. Funny though, when another staff member was asked, four more chairs were brought. The nicest thing I can say about the waiter is that he brought drinks relatively quickly, but the problem was the wait of 20 minutes before he'd come back to take another drink order. Several people in the party just opened tabs at the bar. The waiter took the cake when he told a friend of mine, who had left a bunch of change on the table as part of his share of the bill, that "You need to count up all that change and tell me how much is there- it's not my job to sit around and count change like that." Had we not been part of such a large group, I would not have left a tip. Suffice it to say that even though the food was markedly improved from our only other visit, we won't be back. Other places, especially My Pi, are too close by and have better pizza without all the attitude.

Posted by Patrick Wilmot on 07/16/2006 at 10:06 AM

Re: “My Pie / Li'l Guys

My Pi in Bucktown has quickly become my favorite place to get pizza on the North Side. Having recently visited the original in Lakeview, I enjoyed carry-out from this location even more. Top-notch ingredients in the pizza are what make this pizza stand out. The thin crust is good, but the pan pizza is among the best I've ever had. This location has seating available, but unlike the orginal, its small size makes it best-suited for carry-out or delivery. It shares the space with a sandwich shop that I haven't tried, but seems to also tout fresh, high-quality ingredients.

Posted by Patrick Wilmot on 12/02/2005 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Letizia's Natural Bakery

I'd heard some good things about Letizia's and was really disappointed with my first visit. The cashier didn't say hello or anything when we arrived, he just stood at the cash register and waited until we were ready to order. When my girlfriend tried to change her drink from Coke to Lemonade, he mumbled that he'd already rang it up- no offer to let us make up the price difference. Some places would have gone the extra mile and said to just take the lemonade. The sandwiches arrived and my bread on the "Eye-talian" was hard as a rock, and they were pretty stingy with meat on the sandwich. My girlfriend enjoyed her tuna salad on grilled panini. The sandwiches seemed pretty small and don't include chips or any other kind of a side, so I was pretty disappointed with what I got for close to $6 per sandwich. I was really disappointed when I was told there are no refills given on iced tea. We were disappointed enough to safely say we won't be back.

Posted by Patrick Wilmot on 08/26/2005 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Papajin

Papajin has quickly become my favorite place in the neighborhood for sushi. The quality is very good and the prices are reasonable for the sushi dinners, which give a great variety. I highly recommend the spicy shrimp tempura roll, which we usually order as an appetizer. Service is very good; somehow I've had the same server every time I've been there, but she does a great job. The Chinese entrees are also very good--they have plenty of flavor and high-quality ingredients and are light compared with many Chinese restaurants. Portion size is great as well. The other thing to mention is that Papajin is as comfortable for a casual meal as it is for a special occasion. We had New Year's Eve dinner here but have also been back to grab a bite on a weekend afternoon.

Posted by Patrick Wilmot on 05/07/2005 at 10:03 AM

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I believe the difference between the two statements from the Trib is that $37million would be saved if it stopped because many seniors would stop riding or ride less often... in other words, it takes elasticity into account, unlike the first statement, which simply put forth the revenue losses currently incurred.

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