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.”