Monday, May 28, 2012

Roman Holiday: Mark Zuckerberg Treats New Bride to Cheap Honeymoon Meal

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He may be one of the world's youngest billionaires, but that doesn't mean Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes up on a bargain.

The 28-year-old billionaire, who married longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan in a Top Secret ceremony the day after he took Facebook public on the New York Stock Exchange, proved once again that he's not a lavish spender. Jetting off to Rome for their honeymoon, the newlywed couple enjoyed a simple lunch at out-of-the-way Italian trattoria Nonna Betta, hidden in the Eternal City's Jewish Ghetto. The happy couple dined on a simple but hearty Italian repast featuring Roman style artichokes, ravioli in an artichoke sauce and fried pumpkin flowers. No alcohol was consumed by the pair, who chose to drink tea and water instead. The bill came to a very reasonable €32, around $40.

The pair also enjoyed some sight-seeing on their Roman Holiday, taking in the sights of the Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum, The Colosseum as well as famed Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The couple later enjoyed dinner at the decidedly more upscale  Pierluigi's Restaurant, where they dined on delicioso prawns Catalan style, oysters and fish carpaccio, followed by lobster pasta and flame grilled fish washed down with an expensive bottle of Chardonnay Gaia e Rei.

It may be that Zuckerberg is minding his finances very carefully, in light that his social media mega-site has lost a good portion of its pre publicly traded value. Although he might have skimped on lunch, he did fork out a pretty penny for accommodations, arriving in Rome by private jet and booking a suite at the ultra-chic Portraits Hotel owned by fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome's fashionable Piazza di Spagna.

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