In what can only be described as the stealthiest power move in food industry history, a restaurant in Rome is coming under fire for banning children under the age of five for being “uncontrollable terrors.”
La Fraschetta del Pesce, a bustling family-owned Italian fish eatery in the center of Rome, was clearly fed up (no pun intended) with the immense pains that come with dealing with small children in restaurants. From olive oil being tossed on the floor to messing with the furniture and intractable screaming, owner Marco Magliozzi decided to regain control of his restaurant by dealing with the situation head on, and in the most unconventional way ever!
“Due to some unpleasant incidents caused by a lack of manners, children under five are not allowed in this restaurant,” read a sign posted on the window of the establishment.
Banning children under the age of five from restaurants?! Genius.
Anyone who has worked in the food service industry and experienced the wrath of undisciplined children with their equally oblivious parents would commend Magliozzi on his bold and uncommon move. However, patrons who arrived at Magliozzi’s restaurant were obviously pissed, as some were turned away for having small children.
“We were left speechless, without words,” according to a TripAdvisor review from a man named Felix. “It is unbelievable and not even legal.”
After the sign was posted, two local policemen visited La Fraschetta del Pesce and asked management for an explanation of the sign on the door. "Under Italian law, no one can be denied access to an eatery without good reason," The Telegraph reports.
Magliozzi’s response? Of the children, he claimed, “They shout, they cry and above all, they hate fish.”
While the child ban has most likely been lifted, we applaud Magliozzi on his commendable efforts!