Telegraph- La Fraschetta del Pesce, situated close to Rome’s historical centre in the capital’s eastern Pigneto district, is a popular family-run restaurant serving fresh fish caught by the owner’s son.
But for the first time, the restaurant has decided that the restaurant will be off limits to young children, describing them as “little uncontrollable terrors”.
"Due to some unpleasant incidents caused by a lack of manners, children under 5 are not allowed in this restaurant,” reads a sign in the window of the establishment.
Attempting to justify his decision Mr Magliozzi listed a string of complaints against the young customers that have visited his restaurant.
“They run slalom among the tables, “ he told La Repubblica. “They throw olive oil on the floor, they upturn the water, they send the salt seller flying across the room, they try to dismantle the furniture, they shout, they cry and above all, they hate fish.”
Nooooo! What about the children? Where will they eat it if the don't eat at a stuffy, high-end Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome's historical district? How will they ever know the taste of perfectly prepared salmon if they are forever banished from the trattoria? Their poor, poor unsophisticated palates. Forced to suffer the injustices of grilled cheese, chicken tenders, and french fries, because of some mean, old, child hating ginny that won't let them dine on the finest of seafoods.
Give me a fucking break. You know what the irony is here? That this miserable dickhead is actually doing a better job parenting than the parents that are complaining that their children can't eat at a fancy upscale restaurant that undoubtedly doesn't offer a kid's menu. Even if these kids weren't intolerable little assholes upon being seated they surely would be once their mother tried to give them the "oh, it takes like chicken" spiel. No. Tilapia doesn't taste like chicken. Tilapia doesn't look like chicken. Tilapia tastes and looks like something a 4 year would throw a fucking fit over if it were placed on a plate in front of them. A fit that would unquestionably disrupt the atmosphere of an eatery that people pay far too much money to enjoy as is. These parents should thank Mr. Magliozzi because the experience of taking a small child to La Fraschetta del Pesce was bound to be a bad investment. Maybe next time get a babysitter so you can enjoy your high quality seafood without the burden of cutting up your child's and attempting to force feed it down their screaming, apprehensive throat. Although I will admit that this guy could be a little more subtle about his bitterness towards toddlers. Can't imagine what it would have been like to have him as a father. Probably looked a little something like this...