Should you tip in Italian restaurants?
Are you wondering about the etiquette of tipping in Italian restaurants? In Italy, leaving a tip (in Italian “mancia” so you can say “lasciare la mancia“) is not customary like it is in the US. However, it’s considered a nice gesture that shows your appreciation for the service.
When it comes to asking for the bill, it’s called “il conto” in Italian. So, you can simply say “il conto per favore” or “ci può portare il conto per favore” when you’re ready to pay.
The amount of the tip can vary depending on the restaurant, your total bill, and your personal preference. For example, if you’re eating a sandwich at a bar, you may choose to round up the bill or leave a couple of euros. If you’re eating a pizza at a pizzeria and spending around €15-25 per person, you might leave an additional €5-10. At an ordinary restaurant, spending around €35-50 per person, you might leave an additional €10-15. If you go to a 3 star Michelin restaurant it really depends on how much you spent.
Keep in mind that some restaurants allow the waiters to keep the tips, while others collect them and distribute them among the staff.
It’s worth noting that in recent years, it has become more common for people in Italy, particularly younger people and those in their 40s and 50s, to leave a tip. So, in my opinion, it’s a good idea to leave a tip as a sign of appreciation, if you feel inclined to do so.
In conclusion, leaving a tip in Italian restaurants is not an obligation, but it’s a good gesture that shows your appreciation for the food and or the service.
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