A Pakistani chef has been brought in to cater for 200 Muslims living at a refugee centre in Emilia-Romagna, after they protested poor quality of the Italian food.
The Local (h/t Maria J) The new appointment comes after protests last Wednesday, during which 30 Muslim migrants from the Coop Dimora d’Abramo refugee centre in Reggio Emilia occupied their local police headquarters complaining the food they were served was “no good” and “cooked badly”, Il Resto del Carlino reported.
In the wake of the protests, the traditional Italian trattoria which currently prepares the meals, Il Locomotore, has promised to do more to satisfy the refugees’ tastes. (WHY?)
“We’re talking with the reception centre at the moment and will bring in a new Pakistani chef, specialized in African cuisine to cook meals for the migrants,” Il Locomotore employee Paolo Masetti told Il Resto Del Carlino.
But the restaurant’s decision has provoked a backlash from many who feel they are pandering to the refugees’ unfair and excessive demands. Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League, told The Local the decision was “crazy”. “No other European country would put up with this kind of protest from migrants,” he said.
In the wake of the controversy, regional councillor for Italy’s Democratic Party, Mirko Tutino, defended the decision to get a new cook, saying it was “important to meet the needs of people fleeing war and poverty.” “It’s not about disrespect for Italian food, it’s about food that isn’t part of the asylum seekers’ culture,” he added. (They left their cultures voluntarily, they must adapt to the new one or get the hell out)
At present, a typical day’s menu at the canteen includes pasta and tomato sauce, followed by chicken and artichokes. All meals come with a bread and a bottle of water. Apart from being alien to those who come from diverse food cultures, the refugees say the food is also cooked badly.
In Naples, Muslim asylum seekers protest living conditions and not getting their rooms cleaned at the villa they have been given for shelter.