A popular restaurant in Rome, La Fraschetta del Pesce, is turning away kids under five, and parents are not happy about it. “We were left speechless, without words,” one man who was turned away from the restaurant with his two-year-old son reportedly wrote on TripAdvisor. “It is unbelievable and not even legal." The restaurant has gone as far as to put a sign on the door, with big "NO" signs over a crying baby, a stroller, and a car seat:
In English, the sign reads: "Due to some unpleasant incidents caused by a lack of manners, children under 5 are not allowed in this restaurant."
According to The Telegraph, the restaurant owner thinks he has good reason for not allowing young kids. "They run slalom among the tables," he said. "They throw olive oil on the floor. They upturn the water. They send the salt cellar flying across the room. They try to dismantle the furniture. They shout, they cry and above all, they hate fish.” It is a seafood restaurant, so that part checks out. One group not interviewed by The Telegraph? Happy, mature adults enjoying a peaceful meal in a nice restaurant.
A quick look at La Fraschetta's Facebook page, however, reveals the controversy raging in the comments section of the restaurant's latest post (which was in August, but that's not very important to everyone who just came to fight), and also how far Facebook's translation too has to go before it's really useful:
Many commenters pointed out that the policy seemed to violate several Roman statutes about providing access to public spaces and businesses, so book your Rome vacation now if you're really determined to enjoy a quiet dinner.