The owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – a historic quarter in the centre of the city – were surprised when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife left without leaving a gratuity.
The lunch consisted of deep-fried artichokes – a Roman Jewish special dish – fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli stuffed with sea bass and artichokes. The two preferred a bottle of water and a pot of tea instead of wine or beer.
According to The Telegraph, waiters at Nonna Betta were amazed by Zuckerberg’s parsimony, not just because of his huge wealth but because of Americans’ reputation for tipping generously, as is expected of them at home.
The owner of the restaurant, which specializes in Roman Jewish cuisine, said it was not a case of not enjoying the meal.
“I asked him ‘how was it?’ and he said ‘very good'”, the owner, identified only as Umberto, revealed to Corriere della Sera newspaper. “I had gone up to him and said ‘Are you …?’ and he said ‘Yes’.”
However, it seems like it was not the first time that the multi-billionaire chose not to tip – he reportedly did the same thing the night before at Pierluigi, a historic trattoria near Campo de’ Fiori, in the heart of Rome.
The couple’s honeymoon was considered to be kept in secret, but a Polish tourist ruined this plan as he spotted them in the Sistine Chapel, snapped a blurry photograph, and posted it on Twitter.
The image shows that Zuckerberg still prefers casual style: the young billionaire was wearing jeans, a T-shirt and trainers.
As some sources report, the two left Rome on Monday, with speculation that they might be heading towards the Amalfi Coast south of Naples before heading back to the US.
Quite recently People Magazine reported that Mr Zuckerberg, Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2010, and his bride were photographed taking their honeymoon from land to sea on Tuesday.
Mr Zuckerberg, who has at his disposal nearly $20 billion, married his long-time girlfriend on May 19 in Palo Alto, California. The news came a day after Facebook’s initial public offering on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
The couple had planned the exchange of vows for four months, but surprised their guests, who thought they were to celebrate Chan’s recent graduation from medical school, insider said. “Everybody was shocked,” one of the guests said.
The couple met at Harvard and have been together for more than nine years. They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Zuckerberg’s backyard in Palo Alto, California.
Zuckerberg designed the ring with “a very simple ruby” himself. Guests dined on food from couple’s favorite Palo Alto sushi restaurant, and nibbled on mouse-shaped chocolates that the couple ate on their first date nine years ago.
But the ring — a ruby bookended by two diamonds — was estimated to be worth just $25,000 by one jeweler. To compare: even 72-day bride Kim Kardashian got a $2 million engagement ring from groom Kris Humphries.
“What happened to three months’ salary, Mark?” joked one journalist, noting that it would be like a regular working guy giving his bride $1 ring out of gum machine.