- Nicola Toso split with his wife Nicoletta Zuin in 2002, and he agreed to pay child support for their 6-year-old daughter
- When recession struck the southern European country in 2008, the father could no longer afford to give the support in cash
- Instead of money, Toso offered to give pizzas, calzones and other meals from his restaurant, in the same agreed amount of child support
- Zuin sued Toso alleging him of non-payment of child support, to which the judge didn’t agree
VENICE, Italy – A court in Italy has acquitted a divorced father for offering to pay child support with pizza.
An article by Italian newspaper II Gazzettino said that Nicola Toso split with his wife Nicoletta Zuin in 2002, and the father agreed to pay child support for their daughter, who was 6 years old at the time.
The agreed child support amount was 300 euros, or about $335 per month.
However, as recession struck the southern European country in 2008, the 50-year-old father who is a professional pizza maker from Padua, could no longer afford to give the support in cash.
Instead of money, Toso offered to give pizzas, calzones and other meals from his restaurant; in the same worth of the agreed amount of child support.
“In lieu of money, the defendant offered his ex-wife the same amount of compensation in the form of take-away pizzas from his workplace, an offer promptly rejected as ‘beggar’s change,’” said Judge Chiara Bitozzi in her ruling.
An article by Lee Moran for the Huffington Post said that Toso went on to remarry and have three more children with his second wife. And by 2010, he was sued by Zuin alleging him of non-payment of child support.
The complaint pushed through as a criminal case, which was heard at a courthouse in Padua last week.
In his defense, Toso’s attorney argued that the father still fulfilled all his other custody obligations despite enduring extremely tough times. Toso also said that he took in his daughter in 2011 when Zuin’s relationship with her mother broke down.
Judge Bitozzi found there was no evidence of any crime being committed, and Toso was acquitted of the criminal charges.