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.)
Have you recently eaten at a restaurant that didn’t post the price of the specials? E-mail the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.