|New Year's Eve at Trattoria Alfredo in Adelboden.|
The girls learned a few things about European restaurant dining that night. First, pepperoni pizza is not pepperoni pizza. "Pepperoni" in German, Italian, and I think a couple other languages, means bell pepper, not the sausage. So if you want pepperoni - the spicy sausage - on your pizza, you have to order a cheese pizza with salami. And a cheese pizza is usually called Pizza Margherita. In our case at Trattoria Alfredo we ordered the Pizza Margherita and had to pay 3 francs extra for the salami topping. It was delicious and hit the spot on a rainy winter evening.
The second thing my lovely group of girls learned was that drinking water does not arrive unbidden at the table. (Nowadays, I guess, it doesn't always in the U.S. anymore either. Conservation efforts.) But boy, were they surprised when they asked for a couple of pitchers of tap water and were told they cost 2.20 francs each! Absolutely a crime, they all insisted.
I ordered the pasta carbonara which was also very good, and whipped out my own bottled water from my backpack to drink (flavored with a Crystal Light On-the-Go Flavor Packet - essential for me when I travel). The total bill for nine entrées shared by eleven people was 129.30 francs, about $140 at the time. The girls also learned that the tip is customarily included in the bill in most European countries, but it's a good idea to acquaint yourself with regional tipping practices. It would have been kind of me to give our waitress a little extra for her patience with eight indecisive and non-German speaking teenagers, but she didn't make much of an effort to smile or hide her slight annoyance, so I didn't.