Tipping in Italy

Nov 21st, 2003, 02:29 AM
  #21  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 171
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.
siena_us is offline  
Nov 21st, 2003, 04:55 AM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 5,579
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.
jsmith is offline  
Nov 21st, 2003, 06:05 AM
  #23  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 171
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!
siena_us is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
goddesstogo
Europe
122
Sep 3rd, 2017 02:28 PM
Oldmyst
Europe
35
Mar 16th, 2006 05:59 AM
ciotti2000
Europe
10
Aug 23rd, 2005 02:34 PM
MRK
Europe
10
Dec 29th, 2000 01:46 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:08 AM.