There’s nothing quite like going out to eat at a fancy restaurant, only to be interrupted by a screaming toddler who just doesn’t want to be there. It’s a pet peeve many of us (include parents) have, and one restaurant has gone above and beyond to make sure that kind of incident never happens again. But did it go too far?
La Fraschetta del Pece, an upscale seafood restaurant near Rome’s historic district has posted an angry notice on its window banning children under the age of five.
"Due to some unpleasant incidents caused by a lack of manners, children under 5 are not allowed in this restaurant,” the note reads, calling them “uncontrollable little terrors.”
“They run slalom among the tables,” the owner Marco Magliozzi told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “They throw olive oil on the floor, they upturn the water, they send the salt shaker flying across the room, they try to dismantle the furniture, they shout, they cry and above all, they hate fish.”
The tone of the policy has particularly provoked customers with toddlers who were forced to find other eating establishments.
“We were left speechless, without words,” a reviewer wrote on TripAdvisor. “It is unbelievable and not even legal."
According to The Telegraph, police visited La Fraschetta del Pece to determine if the establishment was practicing discrimination.