I have never done a YELP or Trip Advisor Review before, but after suggestions decided to get an account just to rave about Romanelli's. While in town for a cheerleading competition, my family and I stopped here for dinner. I expected to find great food, friendly servers and large dessert selections after doing some Google searches. What I didn't expect to find, however, was my hope. You see, this was the first time we have been in public with my sweet Lex - my youngest who at 11 years old fights Leukemia. This was our first time out with her since she lost her hair. People were staring, we could sense her uneasiness.. and as any kid would, she began to tear up. At a loss of words and trying to fight back tears myself, I saw a server sit down next to her. After a few minutes of time with her, Lexi's countenance totally changed. She was happy, smiling and confident. They hugged and the server brought her over a drink with lemons all around the rim just to make her laugh - and she sat for a few more minutes wiping the tears from her face. We asked her what the server said and she told us "Mommy she had cancer too. She told me my bald head means that I'm stronger than anyone here. I'm strong Mommy! She showed me a picture of when she was bald - just like me! And her hair is growing back, you see Mom? You see? Her hair is so pretty now isn't it!?" Now, keep in mind, we have tried anything and everything to get our sweet girl to realize those exact words.. but perhaps hearing it from another fighter was all she needed. As if that wasn't enough, after Lex ate - as she always does, she got very sick. We went to the bathroom quietly and ended up throwing her coat out, covered in you know what. We've gotten good at hiding what really goes on behind closed doors, most people don't even know, but I guess that same server took notice of the coat being gone.. because on our way to the car, there she was - taking her North Face jacket off and giving it to my daughter. At a loss for words, we tried to give her money while thanking her. She hugged us - told us she was praying for us - refused the money - hugged Lex - told me "for years, my Mom did exactly what you are doing. Just as I did - and still do - exactly what your daughter does. You are both stronger than you realize, don't ever forget that" and walked away. My daughter has not taken that North Face off, talks constantly about her "new best friend at the eating place," and prays for her every night. In today's world, there is SO much bad. And even when there is good, it tends to be someone doing something for attention - if that makes sense. I have owned my own diner for years and I have never experienced or met anyone as sweet, humble or amazing as our server at Romanelli's. She quietly did what she did because of a pure soul - not for an extra tip, not for attention, not for recognition. And even when offered all of the above - she politely and quietly turned them down. My husband at one point asked what we could do for her, begging her to take the tip we had for her. She told us while refusing the hundred dollars to "keep kicking cancer's butt," that's all she wanted. That is unheard of and my words can not express my family's gratitude to her. Upon further investigation and speaking with the amazing owner, we took note that this server was new - very new. This was only her 2nd shift!! Bravo to Romanelli's for the amazing food - and for hiring the best of the best. Thank you for providing us with a server who saw past the bald head, sickness and struggle. Thank you for giving us our own taste of a true angel on earth. Food was excellent, service beyond words. nothing to say but..Thank you.
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