SILVER LAKE — Since opening its doors in June, Alimento has won over many foodies and critics with its take on Northern Italian cuisine. However, even some of the diners who praise Alimento and its young chef, Zach Pollack, have taken issue with the restaurant’s water policy: a $1.50 charge to drink filtered or bubbly water. “The water charge is a kiss of death and becomes a focal point for discussion when it should be on the food,” said one diner on Yelp!
The $1.50 charge includes an unlimited amount of water but it still rankled some customers, who note it applies even to only a single glass. The L.A. Weekly, in a review that gave Alimento a “Very Good,” 3-star rating, said the “controversial” water fee is “the type of small thing that causes big outrage.”
The water fee is not a big deal for many customers, however. In fact, half of the fee is contributed to the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving the neighborhood’s landmark reservoirs, located up the street from Alimento. The conservancy, on its website, said the Aliminto contribution will “support our efforts and to help communicate to their clientele the importance of water!”
Despite complaints, Alimento’s $1.50 water fee has remained in place. “If you don’t want to pay for water,” said one Yelp! reviewer, “I’d suggest drinking up before you come.”