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Take away food

india Updated: Feb 02, 2009 22:35 IST

Pastas of the land unite; you have nothing to fear except the kebabs and curries! After chicken tikka masala’s successful coup overthrowing fish ‘n’ chips as the national dish of Britain, it’s now the Italians’ turn to sound out a warning against the inimitable émigré cuisine. Councillors in the Tuscan city of Lucca are being accused of gastronomic racism following a ban on new ethnic food outlets.

The clarion call against ‘different’ cuisines is fast-spreading to other towns, including Milan, with support from the ruling party of Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi, more famous for putting his foot rather than falafel in his mouth. Targeted at stemming the runaway success of sushi and shawarma, against the slipping one of spaghetti, as well as discouraging the import of ingredients ‘from who knows where’, the move has cordon bleu chefs and champions of fusion fare up in arms.

The fat is in the fire and vendors of alien fast food are under attack for willing to work long hours, thus overtaking the lumbering Italian meal. Word is, even that great Italian import, the pizza, might find itself on the chopping block. So for all you discerning few looking for a burra kebab with your Botticelli, it’s time to say goodbye to all that and hello to pasta Primavera!