Taylor Swift strikes again with yet another sweet and kind gesture! The superstar singer delighted the staff of a Philadelphia restaurant with free show tickets and a whopping $500 tip after dining there following her appearance last Friday at Lincoln Financial Field.
The owner of Ralph’s Italian Restaurant, Edward Rubino, was happy to discuss Swift’s visit, calling her an “amazing person.” He disclaimed that his kids know more about Swift that he does — “I’m more into Ozzy, that’s my generation,” he joked — but noted that she was “profoundly accommodating and very approachable.”
Rubino reported that Swift and her entourage — including tourmates Ed Sheeran and Austin Mahone — arrived around 11:30 p.m. and finished their meal around 2 a.m. They posed for a photo with the restaurant staff before leaving.
“She had chicken Parmesan — it was almost as big as her! She did a pretty good job with it!” Rubino joked. He added that she also tried a tomato salad as an appetizer, but passed on the restaurant’s extensive wine list: “It was late.”
Security blocked off the road, but once word got out that Swift was eating there, “There were a lot of people outside; she had to leave through the back door.”
Rubino also confirmed that Swift left the very generous tip — which was reportedly on top of an $800 total bill — and gifted tickets for her next show to the staff. (According to E!, Swift gave them to the head chef, whose autistic son is a huge fan.) In an effort to repay her kindness, Rubino and his staff picked up the tab for Swift’s security team, who dined downstairs separate from the main group.
Of course, this is just the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of goodwill that the blond starlet specializes in. Just a few weeks ago, Swift made a seriously ill little girl’s dream come true, when she arranged a special meet-and-greet with the child during her Vancouver tour stop.
Swift’s North American leg of the worldwide Red Tour continues through the end of September. You can keep up with her schedule here.
By Wendy Geller