ROMA – Say “arrivederci” to the paper menu.
When an Italian restaurant reopened after locking up the coronavirus that bruised the business, the owner switched to safe eating practices to attract customers back.
“Finally, after two and a half months in prison, I managed to get out, not only going to the supermarket but to the restaurant. This is amazing satisfaction and if you eat well, that’s better,” Stefano Prati said.
The 53-year-old local resident had just finished eating a special plate of “pasta alla carbonara” Rome, on Wednesday at Da Enzo, a restaurant located in the Trastevere neighborhood.
The restaurant, which reopened on Monday, has bent over backwards to provide a safe dining experience for clients.
At Da Enzo, that means there is no paper menu. Instead, a waiter holds a QR scanning code. Customers direct their smart phones and menus appear on their screens with the specialties of the day.
Customers, even older ones, adapt.
“They were a bit surprised at first, some were afraid they wouldn’t be able to use it, but then they realized it was very easy and they were happy,” said owner Maria Chiara Di Felice, 37.
Chefs wear masks, gloves and safety glasses when they fry “carciofi alla Romana,” or Roman-style artichokes, perfectly.
The table had been reduced by almost half and rearranged to at least one meter apart, with the restaurant logo stickers adorned with rectangles on the floor to remain.
After the customer left, the staff disinfected the table and chairs.
The neighborhood is not crowded with tourists like before the plague but Di Felici is optimistic.
“My hope is probably shared by everyone – that is, even though it is very slow, I hope we can return to life, at least in some way, the life we have lived before. Nothing more than this,” he said.
(Writing by Philip Pullella; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)
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