Originally Posted by coolpapaboze
How was your experience at Merolla? Do you speak Italian? What is the pricing? How many fittings did you do?
I don't speak Italian. It was really difficult at first to settle communication. I saw that they had a computer in the store and used Google translator afterwards. During the fitting Francesco invited his son (I think so), who spoke English and was acting as a translator. Pricing starts at 170, IIRC. I paid 250 for the Riva.
At my first visit measurements were taken and on the second evening I had a fitting with a trial shit. I have not so good pictures of the fitting.
Merolla was the only one who agreed to make a fitting in a day. I wanted to try Piccolo, but they could not arrange for the fitting, so Merolla was the only option while my stay. Piccolo's prices are a little bit cheaper and they have really much more fabrics available in the store to choose from, including lots of bolts of Riva, Bonfanti, etc. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures there. Also, they speak a very good English at the Piccolo.