Stunned Japanese tourists are charged £380 for two plates of spaghetti and fish in Rome
- Tourists charged €429.80 for a meal for two at Antico Caffè di Marte in Rome
- The pair ordered two plates of fish with spaghetti and glasses of water to drink
- Restaurant said the ‘menu is clear’ and tourists charged because of fresh fish
Two Japanese tourists were presented with a bill for €429.80 (pictured) at a restaurant in Rome
Two Japanese tourists were left stunned after a restaurant in Rome charged them £380 for two plates of spaghetti and fish.
A photograph of a receipt posted to travel review website TripAdvisor shows that the meal for two at Antico Caffè di Marte came to a massive €429.80 (£380).
The pair had ordered two plates of fish with spaghetti and water at the restaurant, The Local reported.
Their bill, however, included an extortionate €80 (£70) service charge.
Antico Caffe di Marte has more than 200 reviews on TripAdvisor, where it has received an average rating of two out of five stars.
Other tourists have also slammed the establishment, dubbing it ‘overpriced’, a ‘scam’ and a ‘rip-off’.
In one post on the review website, a tourist described how he was charged €476.40 (£422) for a 4.8kg mixed fish platter in August.
The pair had ordered two plates of fish with spaghetti and water at at Antico Caffè di Marte (pictured)
But a representative for Antico Caffe di Marte told Corriere de la Sera that the ‘menu is clear’ and the only reason the Japanese tourists were charged so much is because they ordered fresh fish.
‘The customers chose it at the counter themselves,’ they said.
Despite the damning report, other visitors on TripAdvisor seem pleased with their experience at the restaurant, with one user praising it for its steak and beer.
‘Since my visit, I have read some pretty unpleasant reviews of this place, but based on 2 x recent visits they do not appear fully justified’, he said.
This is far from the first time tourists have slammed ‘extortionate’ restaurant prices when dining abroad.
A dish with a similar description to the meal the tourists ordered, spaghetti with seafood, was advertised for just €12 on the restaurant’s menu (stock image)
Antico Caffe di Marte has more than 200 reviews on TripAdvisor, where it has received an average rating of two out of five stars
Travelers were urged to avoid Caffe Vaticano, near the Vatican, in May after a tourist’s bill came to €81.40 (£70.62), for items including a €25 burger and a €8 cappuccino.
In January, a tourist was charged £22 for an ice cream in Florence – only for the shop to be fined £1,800 when police were called.
The Taiwanese holidaymaker complained about the price of his cone but was told the ice creams ‘cost a lot because they are tasty’.
Other tourists have also slammed the establishment, dubbing it ‘overpriced’, a ‘scam’ and a ‘rip-off’
Other visitors on TripAdvisor seem pleased with their experience at the restaurant, with one user praising it for its steak and beer
He ended up paying for his €25 ice cream, but his Italian tour guide then called police.
Officers found that the shop had concealed its price list behind the counter and imposed a fine of €2,000 (£1,800), the Times reported.
Earlier this year, an American soldier and his friends were left aghast after being presented with a $935 check for a lunch of calamari, salads and beers in Mykonos, Greece.
Antico Caffe di Marte has been contacted for comment.