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Gingersnap
02-02-2009, 04:27 PM
Tuscan city under fire for banning foreign foodJanuary 28, 2009

The Italian city of Lucca faced accusations of "culinary racism" on Tuesday after it banned new foreign eateries from opening in its historic center. The city council recently voted to deny new licenses to any bar or restaurant whose style of cooking was non-Italian within the Renaissance-era walls encircling the city center.

Tuscany's center-left regional government criticized the ban as discriminatory and warned against measures "introducing hidden forms of 'gastronomic or culinary' racism."

"The defense of quality is one thing, discrimination is another," Paolo Cocchi, the regional councilor for commerce, said on the region's website.

A spokesman for Lucca's town hall defended the new rules, saying they were meant to safeguard the city's traditional and cultural identity and that it also applied to sex shops, fast food restaurants and take-away pizza parlors.

"The ban targets McDonald's as much as kebab restaurants," he said.

The town council is also urging foreign restaurants to include on their menus at least one course typical of Lucca, prepared exclusively with local ingredients.

"It's an invitation, not an order," the town hall spokesman said.

Presumably people who travel to Tuscany are interested in regional Italian cooking (among other things). Since the city center is the face of the region, it makes sense that they would want to promote regional foods.

Racist food? :eek:

SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/tuscan-city-under-fire-for-banning-foreign-food-20090128-7rg3.html)

megimoo
02-02-2009, 04:50 PM
Presumably people who travel to Tuscany are interested in regional Italian cooking (among other things). Since the city center is the face of the region, it makes sense that they would want to promote regional foods.

Racist food? :eek:

SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/tuscan-city-under-fire-for-banning-foreign-food-20090128-7rg3.html)

First of all racism cannot be directed against a cuisines ,it is only towards human beings. The charge of racism is too loosely cast about these days. An historic cultural area of a country,especially in Italy,need to be preserved .The foods, the local dress, the landscapes,the culture/customs and lifestyle are unique and too easily lost forever.

They needs to be protected from foreign intrusion especially Mac Donald's, the great cultural leveler .We could lose forever dishes like
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
A thick, choice steak cut from the local Chianina cattle, charcoal broiled and flavored with olive oil, salt and pepper.
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Cenci
A crisp, deep fried sweet pastry lightly dusted with sugar.
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Fagioli al fiasco
Beans are charcoal simmered in an empty Chianti wine flask with water, olive oil and garlic.
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Trippa alla Fiorentina
Simmered tripe cut into strips and cooked in a casserole with tomato sauce, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

And gain French Fries, coke and a Big Mac .

asdf2231
02-02-2009, 05:26 PM
Racist food?



Ya'know...

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Racist food!

Gingersnap
02-02-2009, 05:54 PM
http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/9449/whiteflouryr1.jpg

Racist food!

The conflation of the Pillsbury Dough Boy and Adolf Hitler is humor of such high tastelessness and intensely self-mocking parody that "LOL!" is simply too feeble a tribute. :p

Mythic
02-02-2009, 10:46 PM
I don't see the problem of having an area primarily focused on making Italian food...

noonwitch
02-03-2009, 09:14 AM
McDonalds will just find a way to deep-fry some italian staple food and put it on a bun.

Gingersnap
02-03-2009, 09:45 AM
McDonalds will just find a way to deep-fry some italian staple food and put it on a bun.

From the article, I get the impression that it is Middle Eastern foods that are the big problem although the ban would also cover fast food places.