dining1 Well, I
love going out to restaurants to eat. One of the best experiences I've had
recently was at a place here in Los Angeles called Il Fornaio. It's an Italian
restaurant in a very nice part of Beverly
Hills. I don't go there very often--I can't really afford
it, but every once in a while I'll treat myself.
The last time I went, I walked in with a friend and I was
greeted by the hostess. She asked how many people were in my party,
and I said, "Just two." "Right this way! I'll show you to
your table" she said. She was very polite. When we reached our table by
the window, she asked us, "Is this all right?" We said, "Of
course!," and then she handed us the menus, along with the wine list. The
place setting with the silverware was very complete. There were two forks (one
for the salad course, one for the main course), a spoon, a knife, a dinner
plate, a dessert spoon on top, a wine glass and a water glass, a cup and saucer
for coffee, and a bread basket. I was already getting hungry!
"Your waiter will be with you shortly," the
hostess said. So we looked over the menus‚Äîso many choices, especially for a lover
of Italian food like me.
The waiter came up to the table a few minutes later and
said, "Good evening. My name is Giorgio, and I'll be your waiter this
evening. Is there anything I can get you started with -a cocktail, a
glass of wine?" Well, my friend and I are not exactly big drinkers,
so we just ordered a couple of iced teas. "Would you like a few minutes to
look at the menu?" he said. We nodded our heads, and he went off to get
As I was looking at the appetizers, I spotted one
of my favorite dishes-crab cakes! I told my friend that the crab cakes
were a must. Just then the waiter returned to our table, with our drinks
on a large tray. I was ready to order.
Script by Dr. Jeff McQuillan