Tipping in Italy

Nov 21st, 2003, 02:29 AM
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I am going to jump into this conversation to give the POV of a person who has been a waitress in restaurants in Italy. While it is true of the old days, waiters were professionals and made a good wage, in most tourist places (and this means most restaurants in any of the bigger tourist cities) waitors are not on the payroll and get a flat fee for shift work. I remember getting what amounted to about $25 - $30 a dinner shift so tips were more than nice. Tourist areas expect that part of the tourists will tip so they take that into consideration. The service charge on the menu in my experience (numerous restaurants here) and that of my husband (Italian born and raised) is just an extra charge for the employer which is supposed to cover his cost of the waiter. It does not go to the waiter.
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Nov 21st, 2003, 04:55 AM
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The response to most questions is to be like the residents and blend in. Don't wear white tennis shoes, wear dark colors, no shorts, greet the shopkeeper, no fanny pack, etc. As soon as the question is about tipping, the answer very often is do as you do in the US, never mind the local custom. Interesting.
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Nov 21st, 2003, 06:05 AM
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Well if you are going to do like the locals then it is fine to wear white tennis shoes, fanny packs, etc. etc. At least here in Tuscany!
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