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George Clooney's last-minute stag do at Venice restaurant: new details emerge

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January 26, 2015
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George Clooney tied the knot to Amal Alamuddin in a lavish ceremony in Venice in September, and the actor was keen to celebrate his nuptials with a last-minute stag do the night before. The actor was joined by friends for a five course meal at Ristorante Da Ivo in Venice, which he booked just ten minutes before the group's arrival.

Giovanni Fracassi, the manager of the restaurant near St Mark's Square, revealed details of the 53-year-old's evening which saw the group rack up a £3000 bill.

"No he didn't pay for his night, I didn't want him to," Giovanni revealed, adding that the tip was "not much, like you would do for a friend".

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George Clooney celebrated his stag do at Ristorante Da Ivo in Venice

The group included Cindy Crawford's husband Rande Gerber, George's manager, his co-producer and two other people that Giovanni didn't recognise.

Despite getting married the next day George didn't hold back on sampling the Italian cuisine and dined on five courses and three ice creams.

Giovanni said: “For a man getting married 10 hours later, he was really eating a lot. He sent back for seconds of a big plate of risotto, both times wiping his plate clean with chunks of bread.

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The group enjoyed a five course meal and Italian ice cream at the restaurant

“Then I gave him some Dai Dai mint and chocolate ice creams. He really likes them. He ate three and took three with him to eat in his room.”

The party enjoyed a selection of Italian dishes including antipasto, pasta with truffles, two helpings of mushroom risotto, strawberries with vinegar, and zabaglione, a dessert made with egg yolks, sugar and marsala wine.

The manager admitted that he was shocked to see the Hollywood star arrive, after booking only minutes earlier: "I was very surprised when I saw who it was. Venice has many nicer restaurants than mine.

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George Clooney is one of many celebrity diners at the Venice restaurant

"After the preparations I went to welcome them, and once out from the boat, he just said, Ciao, Giovanni. You could see he was happy. He was wearing an Armani suit; he was so elegant."

George was so pleased with the food that he went into the kitchen after the meal and kissed the cook, Giorgina Mazzero.

Previous celebrity diners at Ristorante Da Ivo include Elton John, Sting, Colin Firth and Ewan McGregor.

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