A bill from €349 for two plates of spaghetti with fish and a bottle of water… In addition €80 mandatory tip. The total, just under €430!

It was the bitter surprise that last September 4th saw two Japanese tourists left in awe in the capital’s Antico Caffè di Marte restaurant in Via Banco di Santo Spirito.

€ 429.80 for two plates of spaghetti with fish and a bottle of water!, Unravel Malta

After the inevitable controversy, with vitriolic comments from both Italians and Japanese, the local owner’s reply:

Our prices are transparent, the menu was clear. It’s all written in detail, just look at the prices: maximum €16 for one spaghetti to the rock.

To pay that amount the girls will not only have taken spaghetti, but also fish that is fresh from us: the customer chooses it at the counter, we weigh it and cook it“.