In Italy, Speeding Tickets Equal Free Pizza

According to, “A restaurant in Rovigo, Italy is offering a free pizza to “console” drivers hit by speed camera tickets. The Ristorante Teatro Caruso di Papozze offers a complimentary “Velox Pizza” to any customer who presents a copy of a photo radar citation. The restaurant’s offer was inspired by complaints from regular patrons flashed by two speed cameras leading into the small community located about thirty miles outside of Venice.”

“In Italy, where the manufacture of high-performance automobiles including Ferraris and Lamborghinis is a source of pride, some believe the reliance on automated enforcement has gotten out of control. On May 30, the city of Maranello — about two hours away from Rovigo — installed a pair of fixed speed cameras on Via Giardini, the main route to the Ferrari factory itself. Officials hope to photograph test drivers and tourists alike with what a city press release described as “bi-directional” cameras capable of issuing tickets to those going to and coming from the factory on the 50km/h (31 MPH) road. The Galleria Ferrari museum is the most popular attraction in the area, attracting 200,000 racing fans from around the world each year,” the story said.