When a woman went out to dinner at the Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant in Ashbury Park, New Jersey, she expected world-class service and food at the upscale restaurant. But what she got instead was a worm-infested dinner that left her guts rumbling with disgust. The woman, Jennifer Morzano went out to dinner with her boyfriend Jim Guinee and several relatives for his aunt’s 80th birthday.
It was supposed to be a happy occasion. The family was splurging on the expensive restaurant and wanted to treat the matriarch to something special. Morzano was having a great time. But when her food arrived, and she had several bites, things took a turn for the worst. That’s when she found a worm wriggling through her $32 codfish dinner.
In the video, which is disturbing to those who are squeamish, you’ll see Morzano’s half-eaten $32 “Merluzzo” codfish dinner which includes the popular white fish, olives, capers, cherry tomatoes, and arugula on top of risotto.
In the middle of her dinner, Morzono noticed the uninvited guest. She took out her phone and recorded the following video which you can see at the bottom of this story. The worm is translucent in color and camouflages in with the codfish. Perhaps, Stella Marina Bar & Restaurant didn’t see it or thought the customer wouldn’t notice.
In the video, you can see the worm twisting and turning on top of the codfish.
“I just videotaped it because, one, I thought it looked pretty gross, and we weren’t sure what it was,” Guinee, a lawyer, told NJ.com. “We weren’t sure if she was going to get sick.”
When the couple reported the disturbing addition to their dinner, the restaurant cut the bill by a third and was “extremely apologetic” about the mistake.
Nevertheless, the video went viral, and the restaurant was forced to address the quality of their food or risk losing their reputation forever.
The restaurant’s PR person claimed that its seafood purveyor had failed to see the “’small worms that were found by two of our guests, located in the center of their fish.”
The restaurant then claimed that they “immediately halted serving this dish. We also compensated the family of eight generously and expressed our sincere concern and apologies that one of our guests had anything less than an amazing experience at our restaurant.”
However, the restaurant wasn’t done. They were about to start a war. The PR person then slammed Guinee for posting his video.
“Ownership, Management, and Employees are very surprised at the callousness and irresponsible reaction of an attorney of law to attempt to destroy our reputation and possible livelihoods due to something that could have happened to anyone, whether cooking at home or in a restaurant. We are extremely disappointed that a professional who depends so much on research chose to post this before researching the matter. As always, our customers remain our highest priority, and we will stop at nothing to continue offering the highest quality of fresh, not frozen, food and stellar service.”
Would you trust their food?
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