Italy settles restaurant bill for rogue diners in Albania

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Italy settles restaurant bill for rogue diners in Albania
A view of Berat, Albania, where a group of Italian holidaymakers recently left a restaurant without paying their bill. Photo by GENT SHKULLAKU / AFP

Italy's embassy in Albania settled a restaurant bill left unpaid by four holidaying Italians after Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni demanded diplomats address it as a matter of national pride.


News of the tourists' decision to run off after dinner in the picturesque central city of Berat made headlines in Albania's media, and featured heavily on social networks.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama revealed he had raised the incident with Meloni when they met this week while she herself was holidaying in his country – and she immediately stepped in.

According to Rama's account of the event, Meloni "made a face and asked the ambassador to 'go and pay the bill for these idiots, please, and put out a statement!. Italy cannot lose respect like this!'" 

The Italian embassy in Albania confirmed on Friday it had acted on her orders and paid what Italian media said had been an 80 euro ($87) tab for four people.

Source: Italian Embassy in Tirana

"On the recommendation of the prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, we settled the bill left unpaid by a group of Italian tourists at a restaurant in the city of Berat," it said in a statement.


"Italians respect the rules and pay their debts, and we hope that this kind of episode will not happen again."

Several Italian news outlets have reported a surge in Italian tourists heading across the Adriatic Sea for their holidays this year, in search of cheaper deals and quieter beaches.


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