Antico Caffè di Marte is receiving a backlash online
CNN reports that a pair of Japanese tourists were scammed at a restaurant in Rome with a with a bill for €430 ($470).
The incident occurred at Italian restaurant Antico Caffè di Marte near Castel Sant’Angelo where the pair only ordered spaghetti, fish and water.
A picture of the bill was uploaded to TripAdvisor showing they were charged an extra $87 for service charge.
Other outraged customers who also dined at Antico Caffè di Marte also shared their experiences at the restaurant.
Vietnamese tourist Minh Ngoc Bui said a waiter at the restaurant suggested a “seafood mixed dish” which was priced at €6.5 per 100 grams.
“We agreed because It would be not a big deal to pay €6.5 extra to try a recommendation dish,” Minh said, who ate at Antico Caffè di Marte with friends. “But they brought us only one plate of mixed fish around 2 kg.”
“We were kind of surprised when we saw this dish because we didn’t expect ‘100 grams fish’ would be this big. But it was our last day in Italy so we told ourselves it was OK. It’s around 2 kg of fish so I agreed to pay around €130-150 for this dish of fish. We don’t want to have more drama in Italy.”
However, when the bill came, the tourist group was charged for 4.8 kg of mixed fish at a cost of €315. With an additional €40 of service fee and €40 for the tip, the entire bill totalled €476.40.
Minh said her friend complained but the restaurant insisted that they had eaten 4.8kg.
When Minh reported the incident to the police, she was told that they should have called them before paying.
しかもチップも支払いの時に請求(80ユーロ)されて、払うまで帰らせないって脅されたって。場所は、Antico Caffè di Marte(
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