I’ve seen movies about high-end restaurants being reviewed by influential people and the fuss and the fury that results. However, most of us don’t eat at Michelin reviewed restaurants, at least not every day.
While traveling I made the decision to leave my jewelry at home, remove my gel nails and forgo makeup. This decision was made because I wanted to stay in hostels and hike. Hostels explain the jewelry. If you have no place to secure your things it is not wise to take anything valuable
Hiking and long nails just don’t work. You are too likely to tear one of them and that is just not ok. Make-up is extra weight in your pack and again is not consistent with hiking. I know there are now some high quality products that won’t come off while you sweat, but I still like to be able to wipe my face and it just isn’t worth it, for me.
All of this to say that I am, for the first time, experiencing what it is like to go into a restaurant with no obvious external indication that I have money. Also, in Italy, I don’t speak the language, so they are more likely to go on appearances.
To say my treatment has been atrocious might be an over statement, but it is a noticeable difference. It may not be what I described above at all. It may be any single female out alone in Italy, but I don’t know for sure.
What we need is a single female going into average restaurants and reviewing how they are treated, and of course the food. That review would serve more people more often.