I visited Venice recently. In one restaurant menus were priced in grams and not per portion. So this resulted in several times bigger bill when I have originally expected. Is this type of pricing is standard in Italy or Venice?

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    Did this apply to all menu items or just seasonal food such as fish? You are showing your payment slip which is of very little aid, do you have your actual bill or the menu? Do you recall what the place was called and could you provide a link?
    – mts
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 7:03
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    Just found the same link. Looking at reviews it looks like you fell into a pretty bad tourist trap. Sorry for you but this kind of stuff happens in Venice...
    – mts
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 7:12
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    I'd rather say the answer is no. This is not typical. Just a bad place among many good and average ones. Commented May 29, 2016 at 7:16
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    If the menu did not state explicitly that prices are in grams, then this amounts to fraud and you should call the authorities. Commented May 29, 2016 at 12:55
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    @Bent I'm Italian and I have lived in Italy for the most part of my life, so I have a general idea of what the law says. It seems unlikely to me that the police is in on this scam, but in any case pressing charges should be safe. It's not all godfathers and gangsters here, after all. Commented May 29, 2016 at 17:56

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First of all, looking at the reviews for Osteria da Nico on Tripadvisor, regrettably you fell prey to a tourist trap.

Regarding your question on pricing by weight: such is typical for foods such as meat (e.g. a steak) or especially seasonal fish but very untypical for regular courses (such as e.g. a Pizza). You can find the menu of a reputable Italian restaurant here (no affiliation) and will see that only T-bone steak and fresh fish are priced per 100g. I have encountered such pricing not only in Italy but all over the world.

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    I don't think I've ever read such poor reviews for a restaurant before. That's brutal. Commented May 29, 2016 at 14:56
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    heh you almost want to go to that place as a novelty!
    – Fattie
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 13:33

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