Davide Boni, a councillor in Milan for the Northern League, which also opposes the building of mosques in Italian cities, said that kebab shop owners were prepared to work long hours, which was unfair competition.
Sadly, that view, while amusing, isn’t limited to odd Italian politicians. This is also fun:
There is confusion, however, over what is meant by ethnic. Mr Di Grazia said that French restaurants would be allowed. He was unsure, though, about Sicilian cuisine. It is influenced by Arab cooking.
It’s one of the fixtures of Italian life that anyone from 20 or 30 miles south of wherever the thinker comes from is thought to be a little too Arab or African for the thinker’s liking. A little like California in this manner: everyone agrees that Southern California is the preserve of nuts and flakes, it’s just that "Southern" starts a few miles further south from wherever you are.