I laughed at this: "Matthew Fort has called the burgers a "monstrous act of national betrayal" - and further evidence that the controversial Berlusconi government cares more about money than the pride of the Italian people."
a monstrous act of national betrayal? Oh my gosh what did the dwarf do this time? sold the coliseum? Entire sicilia? No, made an agreement with McDonald... Jesus be thanked, he is capable of far worse things LOL
About restaurants, Rome is full of McDonald, almost in any shopping center or street and close to any touristic spot, which means more ore less everywhere... As well as Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, American and so on... So are Florence, Napoli and Venice... Smaller cities, usually have less exotic restaurant, however.
Generally speaking I, and I think the majority of the people I know, consider McDonald a kind of "food on the run", so to say. You go shopping and when the time is right you just stop at McDonald, eat something and go on shopping...
Chinese, Mexican, non fast food American etc. are more some kind of "exotic food", I go there when I feel like enjoying something different
If I organize an evening for a group of friends or the regular Saturday evening I would go with Italian food.
And when I go outside Italy I always try local restaurant... Don't we have enough racism against people? Why should I be racist about food?
Anyway My uncle make the best lasagna in the world and my family's pastiera know no match anyware!!!!