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Woman Finds Delightful Surprise in Seafood Dish

Lindsay Hasz and her husband, Chris, went out for a date night in Issaquah to eat at an Italian restaurant, Montalcino Ristorante Italiano. Hasz said, "I wanted some seafood and ordered the pasta dish that had clams and muscles in it." That's when Hasz found something incredible.

She explained, "In my mind, I thought I don't even want to know what I just bit down on." She then felt something like a pebble in her mouth. She took it out and thought it might be a pearl.

Hasz went on to say, "My husband looked at it and then it was half-shock, half-embarrassment. I don't know what this is so let's just take it home and deal with it there." They took the pearl home, and Hasz started researching. She found out it could be a Quahog Pearl -- a rare pearl that is more likely to be found on the East Coast.

Ted Irwin, the president of the Northwest Gemological Laboratory, in Bellevue said, "To have something of a gem quality is a long shot." Hasz took the pearl to Irwin. Irwin explained, "I have only had a few occurrence of pearls coming in under this scenario in 35 years of appraising and this was the first of what I would call a gem quality." Gem experts say a pearl of this quality is so rare, you have a higher chance of getting struck by lightning.

Hasz continued, "This is so crazy, the initial story is crazy and this is even crazier that this is a really a rare pearl that I found." Irwin estimates the rare pearl to be valued at around $600. Hasz plans to put the pearl into a necklace to carry around with her for good luck.

Restaurant owners, Cindy and Fernando Nardone are happy for the couple. Cindy Nardone joked, "Eating here is like winning the lottery." Fernando Nardone added, "People want to order that dish so we call it now the 'Thousand Dollar Dish.'"

Hasz, who doesn't usually order to seafood plate, intends to go back to her lucky restaurant.

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