North Carolina restaurant: Kids 5 and under not allowed

Mooresville, N.C. (WSOC/CNN Newsource) — A new policy at an Italian restaurant in North Carolina is generating a reaction on social media.

The chandeliers, piano music and candle-lit ambiance highlight the fine-dining experience the owners are going for, but their new rule has some parents annoyed.

At Caruso’s in Mooresville, children 5 and younger are not allowed to dine there.

“Sometimes the children become rowdy, and some of our other guests, it has made them upset because the parents don’t do the right thing of taking the child out,” said manager Michael Mills

Mills said the restaurant is trying to offer a fine dining experience.

Customer reaction started to fly immediately on Facebook.

Channel 9 caught up with diners outside the restaurant. Whitney Labozzetta, a mom of six, doesn’t think it is right.

“We actually got up and left because the waitresses were very rude,” she said. “When my daughter, who is one, cried, they kind of looked over and gave us a nasty look.”

Others accepted the policy.

George Rondinelli said, “I agree with them. Kids are supposed to be quiet, not heard, leave them home.”

“You have a choice. If that’s what they say, it’s their place, it’s their rules,” Melissa Jones said.

Meanwhile, the staff says the feedback has been positive.

“We’re just trying to create a dining experience for everybody that everyone can enjoy,” Mills said. “We’re very kid-friendly here. We just put in an age limit on infants up until five.”

In addition to its new menu, the restaurant has hired a new chef trained in Italy.

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