I'd been hearing that the best-kept secret in town was Friday night dinner at DaVinci's Pizza, where from 4 to 6 p.m. your dinner bill gets cut in half. Of course, I took that with the airline-style-black-out-date grain of salt, expecting it to mean "cut in half EXCEPT FOR beer, sodas and virtually anything else my family would order." But what the hell, it's just pizza, so even if they weaseled out of the promotion somehow, how bad could the bill be? I guess I'm an optimist that way.
So imagine my surprise when the bill for my family of five--which had just enjoyed two gourmet pizzas, three sodas, two Yazoos and more than an hour of balmy dusk on the festive family-friendly patio--came back at $20. That's right, $20.
In the end, the only grain of salt I needed was for the part about the "best-kept secret in town." Actually, by 5:30 the Hayes Street eatery was packed, as well it should have been with a dinner deal like that.