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Marlboro Man Fights Bill After Bringing Own Pasta to Monticello

Should specialty orders lead to a higher restaurant bill?

Jack Litsky wasn't expecing his own box of whole wheat pasta to cost $24 in a Red Bank restaurant.

Litsky and his wife Toby are vegans, and have become accustomed to bringing their own box of whole wheat pasta to area restaurants and asking the chef to prepare a meal, according to The Star Ledger.

The Star Ledger reported the Litsky's and friends visited Monticello in Red Bank with a box of whole wheat pasta, which Litsky said he has done before at the restaurant.

But when a small bowl of his own pasta, with some vegetables added, ended up costing $24 per plate, Litsky challenged the owner.

Litsky said previously, he'd been charged much less per plate when bringing his own pasta. He was told there was a new price, and the police would be called if Litsky didn't pay the full bill.

Read the entire account on NJ.com.

Now, Litsky is disputing the bill with his credit card company, not just the two pasta dishes.

Monticello owner and chef Caterin Giambalzo said she doesn't agree with Litsky's account of the incident, a dispute which was solved by The Star Ledger by brokering an agreement of a $12 refund.

Tell us: would you bring your own ingredients to a restaurant?


Smiley14 April 03, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Typical ..they should pay the bill and stop whining
Fred M April 03, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Eat your own pasta at your own house.
aspin April 03, 2013 at 11:40 PM
If they were concerned about their dietary restrictions maybe they should have gone to the VEGAN restaurant that's right down the street.
FedUp April 04, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Stay home and cook you own darn meals.
Lulu April 04, 2013 at 08:58 PM
What jerks! Stay home is right.
Drew Palmer April 06, 2013 at 05:58 PM
The cost of the ingredients is a very small portion of the price of a meal. Most of the cost is in the preparation, serving of each meal and the overhead for running a restaurant. All special orders essentially lose money for the restaurant, even if a few cents are saved on a few ounces of pasta. Worse, since it's extra work for staff, lowering the price (and presumably a tip based on the price of the meal) forces the workers to lose income in order to work harder for an unreasonably demanding visitor.
Eileen May 10, 2013 at 06:55 AM
We all know that pasta, in and of itself is not what is expensive. What you're paying for is the dish as a whole. Should I bring my own "organic" chicken to a restaurant when I want chicken parm and then expect to only pay for the sauce and cheese? Really? Not to mention that all of the extras that he demanded with his "card" far outweigh the price of the pasta. Having said that, the restaurant accommodated this person when I'm sure most would not have. The price of his dish includes the effort and labor of the kitchen (which I assure you is top notch in this instance) and cost of the extra ingredients. Unless you've worked in a kitchen that does the kind of business that Monticello does, believe me, you don't understand how gracious this accommodation was. It is insulting that he disputed his bill after he was treated as graciously as he was. I'm sure that next time Monticello will not be so accommodating, and they shouldn't, unfortunately. As the saying goes... No good deed goes unpunished. Monticello- you were right. As evidenced by ALL other posters, you will continue to do a wonderful business. Your food will continue to speak for itself. Thankfully there aren't many people bringing their own box of $2 pasta expecting to save $25. Kudos to you!


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