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Italian restaurant offers customers money off the bill if they hand their phones to a waiter to encourage diners to spend ‘quality time’ with loved ones

  • Casa Italia – voted Liverpool’s best restaurant in June – introduced ‘Let’s Talk’ 
  • Incentive to encourage diners to have proper conversations with no distraction
  • Sees everyone at table put their phone in a box to be locked away during meal 
  • Diners who give up their phones will receive a five per cent discount on their bill 

An Italian restaurant is offering its customers money off their bill if they hand over their phones to a waiter for the duration of their meal. 

Casa Italia – voted the best in Liverpool at The British Restaurant Awards in June – has implemented a ‘Let’s Talk’ scheme in order to encourage diners to spend quality time with their loved ones without distractions.

The initiative, which was brought in last month, sees customers who wish to take part surrender their phone to a waiter at the beginning of their meal.

Casa Italia in Liverpool has implemented a 'Let's Talk' scheme in order to encourage diners to spend quality time with their loved ones without distractions

Casa Italia in Liverpool has implemented a ‘Let’s Talk’ scheme in order to encourage diners to spend quality time with their loved ones without distractions

The initiative, which was brought in last month, sees customers who wish to take part surrender their phone to a waiter at the beginning of their meal

The initiative, which was brought in last month, sees customers who wish to take part surrender their phone to a waiter at the beginning of their meal

It’s locked away in a box while they eat, and a five per cent discount is then applied to their bill at the end of the night – at which point their phones are returned.

In an Instagram post, a team member from the 30-year-old restaurant wrote: ‘We spend so much time with our loved ones, but are we really spending quality time with them?

‘Meals out with family and friends are so important and we can all be guilty of spending most of it with our heads in our phones. 

‘So we want to make YOU really enjoy that time with your loved ones and really talk to each other. You will receive five per cent off your bill for taking part. 

‘Let us know your thoughts and if you’d be interested in giving it a go!’

Casa Italia shared an Instagram post explaining how the phone amnesty works - which received dozens of positive comments

Casa Italia shared an Instagram post explaining how the phone amnesty works – which received dozens of positive comments

Arran Campolucci-Bordi, owner and managing director of Casa Italia - pictured with the award for Best Restaurant in Liverpool following the British Restaurant Awards in June

Arran Campolucci-Bordi, owner and managing director of Casa Italia – pictured with the award for Best Restaurant in Liverpool following the British Restaurant Awards in June

Many regulars have been quick to praise the restaurant for its phone amnesty, with one branding it a ‘great idea’.

Another commented: ‘Brilliant idea!! People don’t talk anymore, always on their phones.’

‘We were there today, great food as always. Didn’t look at our phones once!’ one happy diner wrote. 

And one added: ‘I think this is amazing! I would definitely do this!’ 

Many regulars have been quick to praise the restaurant for its phone amnesty, with one branding it a 'great idea'

Many regulars have been quick to praise the restaurant for its phone amnesty, with one branding it a ‘great idea’

Speaking about the success of his restaurant, owner Arran Campolucci-Bordi previously told the Liverpool Echo: ‘I feel like we’re part of the hustle and bustle of an Italian pizzeria, with our authentic interior. It’s the people who make the atmosphere.

‘This was the first Italian restaurant in Liverpool, and there used to be queues around the block.

‘Now there’s probably over 1,000 restaurants in the city and we still have queues out the door each weekend, so we must be doing something right.’

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