No Pizza on the Piazza San Marco

Source: The Guardian, May 5, 2017

In an effort to “preserve decorum and traditions” in the romantic canal city of Venice, local authorities have banned new kebab shops and other fast-food outlets from opening.

A law passed on Thursday will also limit shops selling pizza by the slice. Only shops selling artisanal ice cream will be spared from the measure, long championed by the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro.

Paola Mar, the city’s tourism chief, said: “We want to put the brakes on types of activities which are not compatible with the preservation and development of Venice’s cultural heritage.”

Mar said the city was not opposed to kebabs or other types of fast food, and stressed she did not have a problem with people eating outside, although the consumption of takeaway food in St Mark’s Square is prohibited….


3 responses to “No Pizza on the Piazza San Marco

  1. Michael Gundy

    Why would anyone eat pizza (the Disney food of Italy) when Venice offers:

    1. Sarde in saor. This delectable agrodolce or sweet-sour dish
    2. Baccala mantecato. Coming in at a close second is another sublime fish-based antipasto.
    3. Risotto al nero di seppia.
    4. Risi e bisi.
    5. Bigoli in salsa.
    6. Fegato alla veneziana.
    7. Mołéche.
    8. Baicoli.
    9. Fritole
    10. All washed down with Prosecco, Valpolicella, Amarone, Orto di Venezia and Venissa. Your call!

    • “Why…” — Questions starting with this word usually have only unsatisfactory answers.

  2. Styra Avins

    How I welcomed the no-pizza rule. Pizza is not only not native to Venice, it has had a hand in wiping out the trattorias all over Italy. I know, because I was first in Italy in 1956 (yes!!!!!), when food was still regional, when my Italian cello teacher (living in NY but that summer in Italy, where he was giving a master class at the Venetian Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello) lost his temper at me when I asked him where I could eat Lasagne. “Lasagne!”, he fumed, “that’s a Bolognese dish. You are in Venice!!” Instead there were charming and inexpensive trattorias, where one could sit in a square and eat some of those dishes mentioned by Michael Gundy, and even run into former high-school classmates also in Venice and also eating at a little trattoria. Last time I was in Italy I had a hard time finding anything between a fancy sit-down restaurant and a pizza joint, whether in a town, city, or village.
    p.s. According to my cello teacher, pizza is native to Naples, and in square form native to Rome. And by now, native to New York, where it is different, covered with a ton of cheese and tomato sauce. But delicious!