Vindicated! So it was not just my imagination that Italians were uniquely parochial in Europe, even going so far in their bureaucratic small-mindedness as to pass xenophobic laws limiting the types of food sold in neighborhood restaurants. I am all for celebrating local cuisine and promoting sustainable consumption, but this sort of thing is so deliberately regressive i can barely believe it's reality. This is not how to build an inclusive Europe.
Update on the travelogue - i do have a few notes already from Athens, but i will compile those later this weekend. Right now i am hungry. And, because i am not in Italy, i am looking forward to choosing from a wide selection of restaurants that are open all day and serve delicious food from all over the world.