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Feb 8th, 2001, 02:37 PM
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doug
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McDonalds in Italy?

Just curious -- what do Italian McDonalds serve. We heard that they have good Italian food -- for real? Or is it Hamburgerinos or something. Grande Mac's?

PS do they have sausage biscuit and American Style Breakfast?
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 02:45 PM
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There are NO McDs on the continent that serve breakfast.
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 03:10 PM
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coco
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I've only been in the one at Florence train station--please don't tell anyone!--and the menu looked VERY familiar to this American. If they have any good Italian food, you must need a password into some backroom! That would be cool!
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 03:13 PM
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Why oh why go to these places anywhere ??? Even in The States they are CRAP !
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 03:16 PM
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I've been to McDonalds in Sienna and Naples. The Sienna one because I was dying for a coke at 10pm, it was open, and cheap.
Naples -- needed a toilet and wanted a cheap salad and cold drink quickly.
In both cases it was, in my opinion, a sensible choice.

I'm told the one near the Spanish Steps in Rome has a good salad bar.
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 03:50 PM
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McDonald's food is pretty much the same everywhere, but they do have salads in Italy. If you'd like to give the Italian version of McDonald's a go, try Burghy.
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 04:00 PM
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Correction, Wendy. I've had breakfast at McDonald's at Schipol airport. Maybe it was a Burger King - but I thought it was a McD's.
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 04:03 PM
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I've had breakfast in a McDonalds near Dam Square in Amsterdam. To tell the truth, it was one of the best I've every had at that chain -- just took a very long time to cook though.
 
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Feb 8th, 2001, 11:35 PM
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Last November I decided to have a look in the Rome McDonalds next to the Spanish Steps. After all it is the second largest in the world. From what I remember it was the first McD's in Italy and only opened in 1988. They have an antipasta bar that looked quite good and I know gets some raves from young and broke backpackers. For what it's worth it was quite a "cultural" experience because for many young Italians it seemed to still be quite a big deal to go there. One young boy was even having his picture taken in front of the order counter by his Mom.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 03:05 AM
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Wendy's information is simply wrong -- unless Germany is not a part of "the continent."
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 03:05 AM
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Oh come on, McDonald's can hardly be described as a cultural experience. To say the italians still see it as some novel experience is insulting to italians. These places are viewed throughout europe in exactly the same way as in the States. They're everywhere, they serve cheap trash. Kids everywhere love it because they love junk food.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 03:28 AM
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I certainly was not suggesting that McDonald's anywhere in Italy (or anywhere in Europe) is a cultural experience-and note I did paranthesis the word. From what I observed it did seem like for some young people going to this particular McDonald's in Rome was unique for them.

And Kate-I live in Europe.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 04:23 AM
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Like Christine, I went into a McDonald's in Prague curious to find out if and how was the food different and also if it was patronized by locals. Well, it was packed with families (mostly appeared to be locals), and it appeared to be quite an excitement. The food? I could had been sitting on the McDonalds a mile from my office here in Upstate NY.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 05:44 AM
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In Naples last November we found McDonalds a good palce to rest up after a long day of sightseeing. It was about 5 PM, already dark and fairly cold out, and wanted a place to wait until restaurants opened for dinner. We saw McD's and parked ourselves there for about 2 hours, enjoying watching the people - it was quite crowded. We only had sodas, and then went on our way for some great pizza in the town that invented it.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 05:51 AM
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One thing I can say about the McDs in Rome is that they actually had the best maps for free. Also, I find that I rely on McDs in Europe for clean bathrooms and cold fast sodas. If you want the European version of McDs try Quick Burger, which I think is from Belgium. There is one in Paris near the Louvre. Not bad, but they're all the same.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 06:01 AM
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Very predictable from you snobs: ragging on doug because he wants to know about McDonalds. Why does everyone have to be just like you people?
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 06:19 AM
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I think doug, WHY and Deja are the same person, as only WHY "ragged" on doug; no one else bit, so Deja had to try a third time to start trouble.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 06:23 AM
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I'm not gonna tell you not to eat there - just sharing my (VERY VERY BAD) experience.
Venice - McDonald' - chicken sandwich - 36 hours of hideous nausea - doctor to the hotel at 1 a.m. (only $27 American) - can't possibly recommend it.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 07:04 AM
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The McDonald's in Chamonix had a breakfast. And the McDonald's in Pompei had some Italian style salads and desserts. Please don't think we stop at all McDonald's. We only had drinks with ice and used the bathroom. Really.
 
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Feb 9th, 2001, 07:22 AM
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Personally, I couldn't imagine travelling anywhere (not just Europe)and going to a chain like McDonald's. I would much sooner try the local restaurants or go to a chain that may not be available in my area but for me the purpose of travelling is to try new things - not stick with old and familiar. I couldn't forsee an Italian McDonald's having good Italian food - everything else at McDonald's is bland - why would it be different in Italy? It seems ironic to go to Italy and then eat Italian food at McDonald's rather than one of their local restaurants.
 
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