Verona Prohibits the Opening of New ‘Ethnic’ Restaurants
The northern Italian city of Verona is fed up with kebabs and fried fast food. Local residents have become increasingly flustered by immigrant-run take-out eateries, service points and trinket shops that they complain degrade their neighborhoods. Verona has seen an explosion of kebab restaurants popping up in the city’s historic center. The aggressive development has led officials to adopt a new ruling stating that any new restaurants intending to sell certain “ethnic” food won’t be granted a license to operate.
“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. “This protects not only our historic and architectural patrimony of the city center, but also the tradition of typical culture of the Verona territory.”
Despite apparent growing demand for late-night kebabs, the city has been coordinating with local councils on a stricter management plan to safeguard its Italian cultural values and traditions. Critics say that this measure discriminates against other ethnicities, while those in favor of the measure point to the 2,000 year history of Verona and are deeply offended by the lack of respect for the history and culture of the city shown by its newest residents.