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11. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Charges for coperto e servizio are not uncommon outside Italy either: I believe that many places in the US also have cover charges?

Anyway, it might be good to know that the establishment has an obligation to print these charges on the menu. If they don't, you don't have to pay them. On a similar note, beware that VAT has to be included in the price on the menu; if you're charged VAT (IVA in italian) separately, you're being taken advantage of. Finally, note that tipping customs in Italy are quite different from those in the US. Most italians that I know give very small tips, or even none at all. The servizio part of the coperto e servizio is supposed to cover for that.

12. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

As the last Post said - it's not just in Italy. North America too has endless mickey takes. I was in Sardinia a couple of weeks ago and on La Maddelena in a mighty fine restaurant - I have to say, there was a service charge even if you just wanted a bottle of water!! In Toronto and Miami (miles apart - I've eaten and drank in both) if you don't tip, there's got to be a very good reason why not. Otherwise give one or be scorned as you leave.

13. Posted by surfer_xl (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Oh, thank for all of our reply.

This problem is everywhere in Italy, so I think, I will only eat at some fastfood restaurant like Burger King, or no tips for waiter (hehe, it's incl. in this sh...t table fee already )any more if I "have to" go back to Italy in the future....

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Quoting surfer_xl

Oh, thank for all of our reply.

This problem is everywhere in Italy, so I think, I will only eat at some fastfood restaurant like Burger King, or no tips for waiter (hehe, it's incl. in this sh...t table fee already )any more if I "have to" go back to Italy in the future....

Oh no! Don't miss the wonderful Italian food!!!!!! Consider the table charge a culture thing and stuff your face silly with pasta. You won't regret it!

15. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post #14#.... Italian food, definately amongst the very best in the world - but......BUT...... It's so much nicer to go S/C and cook your own, sit on the balcony, by the pool, in your dining room, whatever your budget will allow - and eat it cheaper and fresher. I just love Italy.

16. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

In my opinion eating out in Italy is a top experience which is well worth the extra 1 euro per head or whatever that gets charged in city restaurants. It's not a tourist charge, Italian people pay it too, it's a culturally accepted thing (like tipping is pretty much compulsory in the US), and Italy certainly isn't the only place in the world to do it.

17. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post #16#.... In and out of touch.
"Well worth the extra" (agreed).
"1 euro" (as if!!!!).... Where have you been hiding for the last few decades??

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