Bauer Blast

Okay, The Chronicle’s answer to Frank Bruni has been busy, so instead of doing a whole Chronicle Over Coffee, we’re just going to focus the following roundup on Michael Bauer:

First, there’s the review of SPQR, the Fillmore sibling to A-16. Bauer indicated a couple weeks ago that it would receive a pretty glowing review, and so it has. That’s fine, but what’s funny here is that this has got to be the worst-protected review in the history of criticism. First, Bauer himself spills the beans in his blog, then Eater SF gets the review, scheduled for Sunday, on Thursday. Is this a press release or an editorial work? Can someone tell us? [Not one miss in the Italian- inspired menu at SPQR]

Next, in his blog, Bauer takes sides with a fussy customer who can’t stand it when the wait-staff pours his wine. While we can understand how this customer would get a little annoyed at this particular service quirk, it’s lost on us why this is A) worth blogging about and B) worth the 30 comments debating the merit of the question. This right here is what happened to American productivity. [Stop pouring my wine!]

Finally, in Pizza Friday, Bauer takes on another service bald spot in the form of Pizetta 211, a Richmond District haunt famous for great pizza and an “abrupt” wait-staff. The normally videotaped segment took the form of a simple write-up this week because, according to Bauer, “when we called to set up a shoot, the videographer was turned away and told that each time something is written, the restaurant has a rush and the staff isn’t able to accommodate the regulars.” So become a regular or be the enemy of this restaurant. [Pizza Friday]

Bauer Blast