Do we really need this advice?

Bill Oldfield

My wife and I have just completed a week in the Tuscan heartland of Italy. I’m a great fan of Italy; not just for its beautiful countryside, women, medieval villages, clothes, shoes, women, exquisite sports cars and, of course, the stylish women, but also for its food and wine. Never mind the French; they just took the Italian techniques and pretended they were their own. But the Italians, they invented good food in our western world and for that I am eternally grateful.

We were seated, one lunchtime, at a restaurant in a beautifully-preserved small walled town. Having ordered our food, and while contemplating its arrival and sipping our wine, I decided to check up the restaurant on TripAdvisor. And boy, had we made a mistake. According to the anonymous reviews, the food was going to be awful, the service was going to get up our nose and, all in…

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