Rome: Ask for the bill

Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 08, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

In Rome, the bill will not be brought until you ask for it. Unless otherwise written on the menu, service is included. However, it's customary to leave an additional 5%-10% tip for the waiter, depending on the quality of service.

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  • caroline_edinburgh on Apr 19, 10 at 10:18 AM

    I've never been anywhere in Europe where the bill is brought without being asked for - in fact I've only come across that in the US. If it were to happen to me I'd feel we had misbehaved and were being thrown out.

  • mbloggs on Apr 8, 10 at 05:22 PM

    I lived in Italy for a year or so recently and Italians don't tip! You leave the few small coins at a bar when you get coffee but in a restaurant, no.

  • romatravel on Apr 8, 10 at 10:32 AM

    if the service is included it will say it on the bill. or you could ask the waiter "servizio e' incluso" most people are very honest.

  • barnabypage on Apr 8, 10 at 09:53 AM

    People often leave a few small coins as a token, but certainly nothing as formal - or substantial - as a double-digit percentage. For example, if the change came to less than a euro I would leave it.

  • deedoublehue on Apr 8, 10 at 09:34 AM

    I have a friend who has lived in Rome for the past 25 years. When I recently visited her, she told me never ever leave a tip! She says it's always included and, in all her years of living there, she has followed this advice.

  • johnpond on Apr 8, 10 at 02:20 AM

    How can service be included when you are expected to add another 10% -Wake up.

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