Leave it to the Europeans to discriminate against food.  In Italy:  You say “tomato,” I say “foreign and evil!”

We’ve covered a lot of stupid bans here, but I don’t think any of them can match the absurdity of this one:

… the “foreign” kebab […] is being kicked out of Italian cities as it becomes the target of a campaign against ethnic food, backed by the centre-right Government of Silvio Berlusconi.

The drive to make Italians eat Italian, which was described by the Left and leading chefs as gastronomic racism, began in the town of Lucca this week, where the council banned any new ethnic food outlets from opening within the ancient city walls.

Yesterday it spread to Lombardy and its regional capital, Milan, which is also run by the centre Right. The antiimmigrant Northern League party brought in the restrictions “to protect local specialities from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisines”.

Can’t have people making their own decisions, don’t you know.

H/T Center For Consumer Freedom