This is my plea with every client I send to Italy. Why? For good reason. Being a no-show is inconsiderate and may negatively impact an Italian restaurant's bottom line.
It happens all the time in U.S. restaurants. However, most of our urban restaurants serve large numbers of people every day and have a formula for turning tables several times a night. When there are no-shows, there is a line of people waiting to take their place.
Conversely, most Italian restaurants are small, some having only a handful of tables in the dining room. When a table is reserved, Italian culture usually dictates that the table be set aside for the entire evening for that party. Skipping out on a reservation means you are preventing the owner from filling that table with another paying patron. Furthermore, Italian restaurants typically don't buy frozen or prepared foods. They purchase their ingredients daily, preparing for that day's menu and guests. An ignored reservation costs a restaurant owner and negatively effects his bottom line.
Consider purchasing groceries and preparing a meal for 20 to 30 guests and only half the group showing. Ouch -- hurting the wallet as well as the heart!
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