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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.

Do you think towns should be allowed to pass laws like these?

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bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
"they want to keep it authentic. Why does everyone gets all uppity?" So ... French is ok, because that is totally authentic to this Italian medieval town centre, but Sicilian is out of bounds. Right. Wait, what???
Pegona Pegona 7 years
Re: Racism/SicilyIn Northern Italy, Sicilians are often racialized, as having dark countenances and all that goes with dark skin in traditionally racist views: dirty, foul, polluting, degenerate. France, for all its degeneracy, is not viewed in the same way.
Pegona Pegona 7 years
Re: Racism/Sicily In Northern Italy, Sicilians are often racialized, as having dark countenances and all that goes with dark skin in traditionally racist views: dirty, foul, polluting, degenerate. France, for all its degeneracy, is not viewed in the same way.
zeze zeze 7 years
Aside from dictating what people can and can't eat in certain towns, why let in French but not Sicilian or anything else for that matter?That is where I see some problems, like they are picking and choosing which cultures to allow.
zeze zeze 7 years
Aside from dictating what people can and can't eat in certain towns, why let in French but not Sicilian or anything else for that matter? That is where I see some problems, like they are picking and choosing which cultures to allow.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
LOL Uppity, that's the word that was used by some people do describe the Obama's during the campaign anywho... "the historic part.... they want to keep it authentic. Why does everyone gets all uppity?" If they were to totally ban all non Italian food in the name of keeping the area historic that would be okay, but they are allowing exemptions i.e. French food which is odd and means they are picking and choosing the ethnic foods it will allow.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Per the quote it sounds like this is a sly ( or not so sly) way to be anti- Middle Eastern. Because to allow French food but not food from Scily because they use Middle Eastern ingredients seems ....well racist!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
Hard to protect free enterprise nowadays.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
Jazz, they're both culturally biased, but they're very different!
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Jazz, one has to do with the color of your skin, the other has to do with your culture. There's an important difference there, but I guess you don't see it.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
around vancouver, bc suburbs there are a number of big east asian themed malls, and nobody who isn't east asian or thai works in the storefronts...not sure if thats due to mall policies, but all malls have some standards of what would work with the existing businesses... i think this is ok. its great to live in a cosmopolitan city, but when on vacation most people like to experience the local traditional culture (even if its somewhat enforced or even staged...)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
Mich ~ I guess you missed the sarcasm of MY point...which was YOU were being petty. Racist and ethnocentric attitudes are both considered culturally biased.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
the centros are really beautiful that i won't deny but then they have gucci, prada, yves st laurent, chopard and la perla stores in them, how authentic is that if you want to bring in the authenticity argument??? And they will allow french food but not food with middle eastern ingredients, weird....
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"Well here in Europe they have been called "racist" by everyone including the European Parliament and the FIFA. But thank you for your suggestion, i've just learned another word. Now maybe next time i'll teach you one in French " No thanks. I don't want to learn any new languages. Not because I'm a racist, but because I have an ethnocentric attitude. And thanks for completely missing the point, Jazz. There's a big difference between correcting somebody's inaccurate concept and something as petty as correcting somebody's spelling.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"Well here in Europe they have been called "racist" by everyone including the European Parliament and the FIFA.But thank you for your suggestion, i've just learned another word. Now maybe next time i'll teach you one in French "No thanks. I don't want to learn any new languages. Not because I'm a racist, but because I have an <i>ethnocentric</i> attitude. And thanks for completely missing the point, Jazz. There's a big difference between correcting somebody's inaccurate concept and something as petty as correcting somebody's spelling.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
meh i lived there for a while so i'm just gonna stick to my view, it's certainly not a PC nation lol.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 7 years
nya, in this case it is ethnocentricism, not racism. They said that "ethnic" restaurants cant open, not that Asians can't open restaurants.
pequeña pequeña 7 years
If you read this in the context of Italy today, it is certainly racist. In between Berlusconi's new immigration laws and the increasing violence against immigrants, Italy is turning into one big mess. "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."" He's basically saying he doesn't want food that's not "European" (of course their idea of European food excludes everything that could be considered "exotic" by most costumers). In another context and explaining the reasons, this would maybe be OK, but I think now it's irresponsible and just encourages more xenophobia. Italy is like my second home so when I hear those things it just makes me sad.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
I think if they are trying for a medieval flavor, they should only allow meat and poultry recently hunted in the surrounding area, and only dine with spoons and knives :) Mich ~ There is no hyphen in ethnocentric. If you are going to correct someone, you might want to ensure you have it right. ;)
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
I think if they are trying for a medieval flavor, they should only allow meat and poultry recently hunted in the surrounding area, and only dine with spoons and knives :)Mich ~ There is no hyphen in ethnocentric. If you are going to correct someone, you might want to ensure you have it right. ;)
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I don't mind this. "Lucca, Italy has barred new ethnic restaurants from opening in its medieval center" in the center of their town, the historic part.... they want to keep it authentic. Why does everyone gets all uppity? :oy:
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
michelin racist is the exact term or maybe xenophobic, it's not it's a secret, that is what they are, if you ever watch a soccer match involving an italian team then you won't be calling it ethnocentricism anymore.
nguidjol nguidjol 7 years
Well here in Europe they have been called "racist" by everyone including the European Parliament and the FIFA. But thank you for your suggestion, i've just learned another word. Now maybe next time i'll teach you one in French
nguidjol nguidjol 7 years
Well here in Europe they have been called "racist" by everyone including the European Parliament and the FIFA. But thank you for your suggestion, i've just learned another word. Now maybe next time i'll teach you one in French
Michelann Michelann 7 years
I think 'ethno-centric' was the phrase you were looking for instead of 'racist'. Expand your vocabularies, people, or you'll end up as one-noted as Lucca's restaurants.
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