Saturday, 12 June 2010

Fast food - Italian style

The eagle-eyed among you (well those readers with time on their hands anyway) may have noticed that this blog was silent for a few days last week. I've been in Italy, celebrating a friend's wedding on the North-West coast, and seeing for myself the way the Italians are preparing for the World Cup, and sampling some of the wonderful graffiti on the streets - it's much more about politics and a lot less about tagging.

Anyway, I could go on all day about Italy really, but I won't: instead I thought I'd share some of the most mind-boggling photos I took. In Pisa, just yards from the leaning tower, I came across this 'Automatic Restaurant', where you could buy two courses of pasta, pizzas,  drinks and processed desserts (check out the menu) - all from machines and with no human interaction whatsoever.

I don't know what amazes me more really - that someone has invented a way of eating that reduces the experience to an exchange of money with a machine and then a quick intake of processed calories on the hoof - or that I encountered it in Italy, the home of the Slow Food movement and, for some, the spiritual home of Europe's culinary culture itself.


  1. Given everything about Western culture's 'quick quick' trajectory I don't think the automated aspect is surprising - it's the logical outcome of combining a drinks vending machine with a drive-in Macdonalds. The shocker is. as you say, that it is in Italy!