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Vinyl for pizza! Florence restaurant lets customers pay with records04:39

Vinyl for pizza! Florence restaurant lets customers pay with records

Italy, Florence
June 22, 2020 at 14:50 GMT -00:00 · Published

A restaurant in Florence began letting customers pay for their orders with vinyl records on Saturday.

Massimo Mauceri, the owner of Melloo pizzeria, spoke about the unique payment model and explained how customers can trade the value of their vinyl against their bill.

"The vinyl is evaluated using a site called Discogs," Mauceri said, adding that it takes into account "the condition of the vinyl, whatever it's damaged or scratched as well as the condition of the cover. Then of course it looks at the rarity of the title."

"I opened this pizzeria one year ago, bringing my private collection of vinyl records," Mauceri explained, "so people that come here can choose their favourite song as background music for dinner."

One customer, who had brought a couple of records in to pay for his dinner, shared his enthusiasm for the concept.

"The initiative is very interesting, very nice," he said, adding that "for vinyl enthusiasts, it is a way to come here and listen to some music, I bring my records and maybe I listen to those that I can already find here."

If a customer's records are worth more than the cost of their supper, the establishment will provide them with a voucher for them to use on their next visit.

Pizza delivery workers won't be forced to lug boxes of records around with them any time soon however, as only customers who venture in to Melloo in person are currently able to take advantage of the new payment method.

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A restaurant in Florence began letting customers pay for their orders with vinyl records on Saturday.

Massimo Mauceri, the owner of Melloo pizzeria, spoke about the unique payment model and explained how customers can trade the value of their vinyl against their bill.

"The vinyl is evaluated using a site called Discogs," Mauceri said, adding that it takes into account "the condition of the vinyl, whatever it's damaged or scratched as well as the condition of the cover. Then of course it looks at the rarity of the title."

"I opened this pizzeria one year ago, bringing my private collection of vinyl records," Mauceri explained, "so people that come here can choose their favourite song as background music for dinner."

One customer, who had brought a couple of records in to pay for his dinner, shared his enthusiasm for the concept.

"The initiative is very interesting, very nice," he said, adding that "for vinyl enthusiasts, it is a way to come here and listen to some music, I bring my records and maybe I listen to those that I can already find here."

If a customer's records are worth more than the cost of their supper, the establishment will provide them with a voucher for them to use on their next visit.

Pizza delivery workers won't be forced to lug boxes of records around with them any time soon however, as only customers who venture in to Melloo in person are currently able to take advantage of the new payment method.

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