Italian city to limit kebab shops

The northern Italian city famed for its slowly simmered red-wine risotto is fed up with kebabs and fried fast food.

A ruling came into effect in the city of Verona this week prohibiting the openings of any new restaurants offering mostly “ethnic” or deep-fried food.

“Thanks to this provision there will be no more openings of establishments that sell food prepared in a way that could impact the decorum of our city,” said Verona Mayor Flavio Tosi, who was elected as an independent after breaking from the far-right Northern League party he adhered to for years.

“This protects not only our historic and architectural patrimony of the city centre, but also the tradition of typical culture of the Verona territory.”

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This could be the shopkeepers’ anthem. From “Kiss Me Kate.”

  • reidjr

    Wish Ottawa would do that most of our restaurants are ethnic places we have very few good old Canadian style places.

    • bargogx1

      I know exactly what you mean and it’s not just Ottawa. I’m sure this is happening in cities all over Canada. Our culture is being displaced and turned into a multicultural mess. But I guess it’s ok because it allows the elites to experience some “authentic” ethnic cuisine when they venture out to mingle with the masses, before retreating to their gentrified enclaves.

    • There are very good Korean and East Indian places on Rideau Road.

      That is what I have to say.

  • k1962

    They should be protecting more than just their food. It’s not the kebab shops that is the problem, it’s the number of people who open them that is.

    • canminuteman

      I quite like middle eastern food, but I won’t patronize any of these places. There have been a lot of them open around where I live in the past few years. They must know that people don’t want to deal with arabs because they mostly market themselves as “Mediterranean”.

      • k1962

        Their food is quite good, but that’s about all that is good about their culture. I don’t eat at their restaurants either. We get Greek food which is also tasty.

        • Waffle

          Although there is a very good little falafel take-out near me (Palestinian) — top quality, great price– I keep reminding myself of the reality and my craving goes away. Wish it was so easy with cigs.

          • k1962

            I’d have no trouble walking on by. Palestinian, combined with the fact that the meat is probably Halal, yeah I have other things to do with my money.

          • canminuteman

            We make falafel at home, serve it on pita with some fresh plants. But I have exactly the same reaction to it you do.

        • A thing to watch for – in Toronto I see more and more fake “Greek restaurants” run by unsavoury Muslim characters. They are all halal and none of them has pork on the menu, which is a major part of the Greek cuisine.

          • k1962

            Sly aren’t they?

      • disqusW6sf

        I like middle eastern and Bengali food too. You can get a not so bad curry at Jungle Jim’s in the tiny village where I live.

  • john700

    Yeah, sure, that will stop the Muslim invasion and conquest. Guaranteed.

  • bargogx1

    Good for them. In this era of spinelessness, it’s refreshing to see people stand up for their own culture against the tide of multiculturalism.

    • disqusW6sf

      I agree and they’re making no apologies for their action — just doing it.

  • I don’t know.

    I mean – kebabs are good but so is risotto.

    Maybe there are no wrong answers, only more delicious ones.