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Italian Town Bans "Ethnic" Restaurants

Italian Town Bans "Ethnic" Restaurants

Lucca, Italy has barred new ethnic restaurants from opening in its medieval center — but there's still no word whether an establishment could get away with putting moo shu pork on a pizza. The conservative city council says it wants to protect local specialties from an exotic-food invasion.

Hoping to clear things up, a spokesman said: "By ethnic cuisine we mean a different cuisine." Oh different, that helps? He continued: "That means no new kebabs, Thai or Lebanese restaurants." And making it even more confusing, he said a French restaurant would be allowed, but probably not a Sicilian restaurant, since they usually use Middle Eastern ingredients.

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