Mayor of Venice steps in after tourists charged £970 for meal

The mayor of Venice has promised to investigate after a group of Japanese tourists called the police after they were presented with a £970 bill for a plate of fried fish, four steaks and a bottle of wine while dining near St Mark’s Square.

The group of tourists were charged £970 for a plate of fried fish, four steaks and a bottle of wine

The group of students complained to the police after receiving the €1,100 (£970; US$1,347) at a restaurant in the centre of Venice, with the Mayor of Venice stepping in to voice his outrage over the excessive cost of the meal. Despite their displeasure at the bill, the group did pay the bill, only calling the police when they arrived back to Bologna.

Italian media have chosen not to name the restaurant, but have said it is owned by a Chinese woman and run by an Egyptian, as reported by the BBC, while the Metro has named the restaurant as Osteria da Luca.

“We will thoroughly examine this episode, we’ll check to see if the complaint was made properly,” Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. “If this disgraceful episode is confirmed, we’ll do all we can to punish those responsible. We are for justice – always!”.

The tourists’ case has also been taken up by Marco Gasparinetti, spokesman for a Venice residents’ forum called “Gruppo 25 Aprile”, who says their have been many cases of restaurants overcharging tourists in Venice. He claims that only 1.1% of restaurants in that part of Venice are owned by locals, with the figure only 50% in the historic centre as a whole.

“We defend local residents and whoever puts the good name of Venice at risk harms all Venetians,” the group said in a tweet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Supply Chain Supervisor

Speciality Drinks
UK, UK

Sales Manager

Stilnovisti
London, UK

Regional Key Account Manager - On Trade

Lanson International UK
South of England, UK

Private Account Manager

Jeroboams Wine Merchants
London N1, UK

Sales Role

JF Tobias
London, UK

Events Assistant

Decanter
London, UK

Head of Marketing

Decanter
London, UK

Market Manager - Asia

Wines of South Africa
China,

Administrative Assistant – Private Clients

Howard Ripley Ltd
Barnes, London, UK

Sales Account Manager

Berkmann
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, UK

Prosecco Springs

London,United Kingdom
26th Apr 2018

Spirits & More

Rome,Italy
19th May 2018

db Awards 2018

London,UK
23rd May 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more