A restaurant owner was left furious after a couple fled the country without paying their £7,000 banquet bill.
Moreno Priorietti and Andrae Svenja – a local 40-year-old building contractor and his 25-year-old German wife – got married in late August in Frosinone, southeast of Rome.
The couple tied the knot next to the venue’s swimming pool before the restaurant – described as a quintessential Ciociaria eatery – hosted a banquet for its 80 guests.
But when the owner of Ristorante La Rotonda went to pick up the bill the next day, the bride and groom were nowhere to be seen.
The couple had already paid a deposit of 3,300 euros (£2,859) and agreed to pay the final bill for the Wednesday after the wedding, which, including the deposit, came to 8,800 euros (£7,624).
However, Italian media reports that the groom did not pay the day after the wedding, as he had agreed with the owner Enzo Fabrizi.
When Enzo went to pick up the bill, the bride and groom were nowhere to be seen.
The restaurant owner had waited until late in the evening for the groom to arrive at the venue and even tried to call him.
Mr. Fabrizi then managed to locate the groom’s parents, who had attended the tasting earlier this year, but received no response from them either.
He even went to the couple’s address but was shocked when neighbors said that the newlyweds had not been heard from since the day after the wedding.
Enzo then contacted the police, who discovered that the couple had driven to Rome and flown to Frankfurt after the party.
In conversation with the MailOnlineMr Fabrizi said: “We had correspondence with them until a few weeks ago and they kept saying they would pay but then no money arrived.”
“After a while, the requests we sent to them to settle the bill went unanswered and then I noticed that both of them had deleted their profiles from Facebook.
“For a small business like mine, €8,000 is a significant amount and I have to foot that bill as I have to pay suppliers and other overheads.”
Enzo added that the unresolved matter could bankrupt his seafood restaurant.
He has since hired a lawyer to resolve the matter and even claims he is willing to drop the lawsuit as soon as the couple pays up.
However, he cannot get an answer for her.
“This has never happened in our many years of business,” Enzo said Corriere Della Sera Newspaper.
“At most someone was late, but it never happened that the couple disappeared without paying the bill for the wedding banquet.”
The banquet cost around 90 euros (£77) per person, while decorations – such as flowers – and other extras alone cost 400 euros (£346).
Enzo added: “Immediately afterwards [the ceremony] The guests, almost all from Ferentino and about ten Germans, sat down at the table and lunch began.
“They ate, danced and drank to their hearts’ content. They left at 10 p.m., but they were almost all drunk.”
Enzo even spoke with the groom that evening to discuss finances.
“We did the calculations and he shook my hand and told me he would come by the next day to pay,” he said.
“However, the next day he took the plane to Germany.”
However, Mr. Fabrizi will not stop until he receives the money owed to him.
He told Corriere Della Sera: “I will not give him rest until he has paid every penny.”
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“I have been a restaurateur for 40 years and I have never had such a mishap.”
Police continue to investigate the couple’s whereabouts and the groom is now reportedly wanted for fraudulent bankruptcy.