Tipping in Italy 101

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    1. Ciao Jessica,

      It’s a cover charge. It’s supposed to cover the costs involved with you sitting at a table (clean table linens, flatware, etc.). It’s a flat fee (for example, €2 per person) no matter whether you order all of the courses or just one. It’s different from “servizio” which is a charge for service.

      Not every restaurant in Italy will charge “coperto” but most will. Menus are required to be posted outside of the establishment and the price for the cover charge will be written there (if it’s not written on the menu, they can’t charge it).

      I hope this info helps!



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