especially with the addition of their new menu (their previous menu was type written on white printer paper).
Who is the lovely dame on the cover? Well, according to the story printed on the first page of the menu, she is Queen Margherita of Savoy. Born November 20th, 1851 in Turin, Italy, she was the Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy during the reign (1878-1900) of her husband, Humbert I. The Margherita pizza is named after her, as is Margherita the restaurant.
Margherita is tiny, which means that without even trying, you overhear the conversations taking place right next to you..not something I mind all that much, especially when the conversations are in Italian (..a definitive sign that the place is gooood.)
and it is,,Margherita really is great.
Except..(you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) it seemed as if everyone else in the restaurant was finishing their meal just as we were starting ours.
What does this mean? Well, …that at about the same moment I started eating my food, copious amounts of smoke filled the air and were being wafted in my direction.
Needless to say, I wasn’t able to enjoy the meal.
And, you know what? That is a shame. A damn shame..because as good as the food and service were, the smoke tainted my experience at Margherita.
I’m not going to sit here and write another post about smoking, why it’s bad for you, and why second hand smoke is even worse. It’s been done a million times before. But I will say, that as a non-smoker who loves going out to eat and drink, I’m find it increasingly difficult to find places with good ventilation..( I’m not even going to say “places that are non-smoking,” coz those are practically non-existent here.)
I do hope that one day, the Ministry of Health will see the value in banning smoking in public places, but until then, please..to all of you owners out there.. If you don’t want to ban smoking in your restaurant/pub/club (like the Spanish did) then please consider installing ventilation systems for those of us who don’t smoke.
Or at least let me put up this sign,,
Image taken from Liliane’s post: Why did ‘Ain’t no smoking tonight’ fail?