Ashish and I ate at Zarletti. He is here from Belgium for a week and a half and he really likes Zarletti. I think the place is very nice, the service is excellent, if sometimes a little stuffy and the food is pretty good. Ashish had veal and I had the duck pasta special. He loved his veal, the duck was sorta tasteless and the color was well, drab.

Still, it was a good enough meal and the service was excellent. I like it when waiters remember you and when, as we were leaving, one of the other waiters asked Ashish where he had been for so long, I was impressed. I also like it that he can say he now lives in Belgium. Belgium has a kind of unknown quality about it which makes it more exotic than it actually is.