Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal

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Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal

Post by Abc123 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:12 pm

Chinese owners, Egyptian manager.

Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal. Only 1% of hotels in the area are owned by locals.

Quartet of Japanese tourists ordered steak, grilled fish and water and were charged €1,100 in restaurant.


The police chief and mayor of Venice have pledged action after four Japanese tourists said they were presented with a bill of €1,100 (£970) for four steaks and a plate of mixed grilled fish, washed down with water.

Another three women in the same group suspected they might be taken for a ride at the restaurant near St Mark’s Square and ate elsewhere, the Ansa news agency reported, but still ended up paying €350 (£308) for three dishes of seafood pasta.

“We will thoroughly examine this episode over the coming days. We’ll make sure the complaint was justified,” the mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, said on Twitter. “If this shameful episode is confirmed, we’ll do all we can to punish those responsible. We are for justice, always!”

It is unclear why the tourists, among an estimated 30 million who visit Venice each year, did not refuse to pay the bill. They filed a complaint after leaving the city in Italy’s north-east and upon returning to Bologna, where they were on a study visit.

A spokesman for the restaurant, which according to local media is owned by Chinese investors and managed by an Egyptian, reportedly told journalists he had “no recollection of any problems with Japanese customers”.


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A residents’ action group, Gruppo 25 Aprile, jumped on the case as further evidence of the risk that tourists run of being ripped off. “We defend local residents, and whoever puts the good name of Venice at risk harms all Venetians,” it said.

The group’s spokesman, Marco Gasparinetti, said that in the immediate vicinity of St Mark’s Square in the historic city centre, only 1% of restaurants were still owned and operated by locals.

With Carnival fast approaching, he said, the group planned to publish “a user’s guide for visitors on how to survive in Venice, with details on the kind of situations to avoid” on its Facebook page. Other associations are considering introducing a seal of approval for strictly local businesses.

In November, a British family of three from Birmingham were charged €526 (£463) for lunch – including €297 for a platter of grilled fish – in the Trattoria Casanova on a busy tourist route between St Mark’s Square and Santa Maria Formosa.

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Re: Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal

Post by tightenupvolume1 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:31 am

If i was in Venice i would go to that place eat and refuse to pay, or maybe the price was on the menu?
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Re: Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal

Post by tightenupvolume1 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:18 am

If you go into a restuarant and the menu says £1000 for 4 meals it is your choice, if the menu has no price list it is your problem when the bill comes to a £1000.

This is a non story, clickbait.

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Re: Venice authorities step in after four tourists charged £1,000 for meal

Post by pczz » Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:17 am

I expect its a variation on the well know Vietnamese seafood trick. Price the fish and maybe the steak in grams and then serve it bigger portions. Tourists get refused and thing $6 is for a crab, but its only for 100 gram and they serbve you a 500 gram crab. Similar has been tried on your truly in Kep once as well....
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