Italy's Ban on Ethnic Food Called "Gastronomic Racism"

I wished what this Times Online story had to say was a hoax -- that Italy didn't really start banning kebabs and other foreign food from its cities -- but it's too outrageous not to be true.

The article states:

The drive to make Italians eat Italian, which was described by the Left and leading chefs as gastronomic racism, began in the town of Lucca this week, where the council banned any new ethnic food outlets from opening within the ancient city walls.

Yesterday it spread to Lombardy and its regional capital, Milan, which is also run by the centre Right. The antiimmigrant Northern League party brought in the restrictions "to protect local specialities from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisines".

The writer and others are quick to point out that "the tomato comes from Peru and spaghetti was probably a gift from China" and that "there is no dish on Earth that does not come from mixing techniques, products and tastes from cultures that have met and mingled over time."

But when you boil it down, one of the main issues seems to be that "kebab shop owners were prepared to work long hours, which was unfair competition."

The last paragraph of the story is even more revealing:

There is confusion, however, over what is meant by ethnic. Mr Di Grazia said that French restaurants would be allowed. He was unsure, though, about Sicilian cuisine. It is influenced by Arab cooking.

Read more about the insanity HERE.


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