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Priceless in Port Washington: Citizen’s menu arrest?

The main dining room at La Parma in

The main dining room at La Parma in Port Washington has a view of the harbor and Long Island Sound. (March 12, 2010) Photo Credit: Photo by Kirsten Luce

How much was the veal Soprano at La Parma on the Bay earlier this week? The price of the daily special wasn’t on the menu, it wasn’t on a “specials” card, it wasn’t on a blackboard. When asked, our waiter had to refer to his notes.

As it happens, La Parma is in violation of Nassau County law. As I reported in this column, the law requires restaurants to post the specials, in writing, either on each table, along with the regular menu, or on a “prominently displayed” blackboard or whiteboard. Violations can be reported to the Nassau County’s Office of Consumer Affairs (516-571-2600) and the penalty is up to $100 for the first violation and up to $250 for violations thereafter. (A comparable law is in effect in Suffolk County; the Suffolk County Office of Consumer Affairs can be reached at 631-853-4600. Here are links to the Nassau law and the Suffolk law.)

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La Parma on the Bay is at 415 Main St., Port Washington, 516-439-4960.

The dining room at La Parma on the Bay. Photo by Kirsten Luce.

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