Hamburger and Fries $16 in Italy?

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Aug 3rd, 2003, 01:45 PM
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Please dont Stone me.......I must confess something horrible and tres gauche......I actually stopped at Mac Donald in the Champs Elysee for a good fat chicken breast sandwich and Frites...Olala...I actually enjoyed my meal....
I feel better know that I cofessed such Grave sin...
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 01:58 PM
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 02:10 PM
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>I did see a Chinese restaurant in Rome and a Mexican place in Venice but the menus showed Chinese food with an Italian flair or Mexican ala Italian. Nothing truly traditional of the country.<

Just like in the States.

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Aug 3rd, 2003, 02:30 PM
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By the way, I went (I was forced) to Italian restaurants in US, as I have relatives in Chicago, and I found out that everything I had was spread with garlic !!!
(But spaghetti were really al dente and surprisingly not cut into smaller parts before cooking ).
Did anyone try T-Bone-Station "american" restaurants in Rome ?
The 14€/16$ experience for hamburger and fries can become real there.

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Aug 3rd, 2003, 02:42 PM
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Have been to Italy 3 times and the food that they serve there is altogather different than here, the sauces are all very light and with super fresh makings. The thing I found is (garlic) it is used with just a touch, not like the Italian Places here that use it so you can smell it blocks away and it does smell good and draw you into the place.
What's the first thing all Italians family discuss in the morning, what are we going to have tonight for dinner, where are we going to buy it, who are we having, and so on and so forth? The house needs repairs, the car doesn't start, we don't have a job, the rent is due, mother in law is coming, but what are we having for dinner tonight? You eat one good pasta dish in Italy and you are hooked forever, but not the Italian Restuarants here, no way, they are good but please don't even try to compare. In New York on Broadway there is a Olive Garden and they are lined up out the door every night, with all the good Italian places in New York, why, its the Big Mac thing again. Buck
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 03:00 PM
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It is a little known fact that just before the fall of the Roman Empire they were building golden arches at the entrance to the city.
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 03:27 PM
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I wish I could have found hamburger and fries that cost $16 while in Italy! The closest we came to was a hamburger and fries that cost 29 euros at Harry's Bar in Florence barring Micky D's. After eating pasta for a few weeks you start to miss the old time American favorites.
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 03:30 PM
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I just finished reading the article...it just refers to the rising value of the euro against the dollar. But it does list some incredible deals for fall and winter.

I'm guilty of eating at McDonalds while in Italy (and other cities, too). Some evenings we just don't want to deal with the 3-hour dinner routine. Also, if we're about to take a long train ride, there's usually a "Mickey Ds" in the station. There's only so many panini I can take.
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 06:37 PM
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I make a point of visiting a McDonald's when I am in Europe. I'm curious to see how a McD's in London is different from a McD's in Frankfurt from a McD's in NYC. I like checking out the local pop-culture of a new place. I think you can learn more about people by looking at the "every day" things, like newspaper stands, corner drug stores, and fast food joints, rather than hanging around in fancy-pants restaurants.

It's interesting, because since I started doing that in my travels, I get pegged as a local more often, and get questioned for directions, would I like the store discount card, where's the nearest atm/cashpoint? *shrug* Not sure what's happening there, but it's apparently having some sort of effect!
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 07:37 PM
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You can make fun of McDonald's all you like, but I LOVE Oreo Cookie McFlurries. I sometimes even dream about them. On my birthday my husband, Keith, asked me if I wanted him to bake me a cake and I said, "No, I want you to drive to McDonald's and get me a McFlurry--a large!!" Now that is love.
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 08:01 PM
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Thingorjus must be back on his medication.
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Aug 3rd, 2003, 11:31 PM
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I live in Switzerland and a McMenu will cost you about $9.50 I can't imagine Italy is more expensive, but it is possible.

If you want really cheap McDonalds you have to go to Hong Kong....
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Aug 4th, 2003, 12:45 AM
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The Number 1 Hotel room service order from 5 star ,5 diamond hotels to the one stars hotels is a hambuger and french fries. May be it was a $16.00 room service so it was about 13 euro.
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Aug 4th, 2003, 04:48 AM
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I've been to Rome many times have never seen a $16 hamburger/fries combo on any menu.

There are so many reasonably priced restaurants I don't know why anyone who spend more than $40-50 on a dinner. Keep in mind that Italians don't choose their restaurants by ambiance - they choose by the food. Our favorite restaurant is a family owned place that is in terrible need of remodeling. But the food is excellent so we always go back.

I don't begrudge anyone eating a hamburger, McD's or other, but I am discouraged that so many people are making comments about the Italian menu of pasta. Branch out a little and try the delious meat selections and the amazing seafood. I've never tasted anything better than Italian seafood.
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Aug 4th, 2003, 05:43 AM
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Hi, I do not think that the price of a hamburger and fries would be indicative of the cost of food in Italy. By the same token a coke is very expensive in Paris, and doesn't mean much because most French do not have cokes with their meals,
Most Italians do not have hamburger for lunch.....
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Aug 4th, 2003, 07:23 AM
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Aug 4th, 2003, 07:32 AM
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I go to McDonald's in different countries in order to collect the paper tray liners for my young niece. She gets a kick out of the food descriptions in all the different languages. I'm pushing her to learn Italian, but she's nutty for those long German words.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 09:37 AM
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Sorry for resurrecting this old post - but I just saw an article about a hamburger in New York that cost a whopping $50. So what if it's made from Kobe beef. A $16 burger in Italy makes a lot more sense than this. And BTW - one of my guilty pleasures is a fresh Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Delicious in any language. I bet even Wolfgang Puck sneaks out for these.
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Aug 25th, 2003, 10:55 AM
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I guess that depends on what one considers "average." To Bill Gates, for example, an average house might be one that costs $900,000.

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Aug 25th, 2003, 02:22 PM
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No Capo. The average price of something has nothing to do with one's capability of affording it.
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