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  • “We need to protect local specialities from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisine”. Following the slogan “Sì alla polenta, no al couscous” (We want Polenta, not Cous Cous), the Lega Nord party has endorsed and allowed a series of municipal bans of foreign food, leading to what can be called a “gastronomic racism”
  • On October 22 the Italian Minister of Agriculture Luca Zaia held a meeting at Del Posto Restaurant in Manhattan to present Italian DOC, IGP, and DOP products. "Italian pasta will be our ambassador and it will allow us to introduce other products such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano, mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes....”, he told i-Italy. With him, President of Buonitalia Walter Brunello, Director of the Italian Trade Commission in North America Aniello Musella, and Director of VeronaFiere Giovanni Mantovani