May 29, 2012
Honeymooning Zuckerberg reportedly stiffs Italian wait staff
Honeymooning Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his bride, Priscilla Chan, paid $40 for lunch at a kosher restaurant in Rome’s historic ghetto but did not leave a tip, according to Italian media.
Newspapers ran pictures of what they said was the billionaire couple’s bill at the Nonna Betta kosher restaurant—Jewish style artichokes and fried zucchini flowers (both Roman Jewish specialties) as starters; one order between them of ravioli stuffed with artichokes and sea bass; tea and water.
The total came to just 32 euro – about $40—including the cover charge for bread that is normal for restaurants in Italy.
Staff at the restaurant were quoted in newspapers as saying the couple did not leave any further gratuity.
“I asked him ‘how was it?,’ and he said ‘very good,’ ” Nonna Betta’s owner was quoted as telling the Corriere della Sera newspaper. “I had gone up to him and said, ‘Are you ...?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’ “
Media reports said the couple went on to Capri after Rome.