Domino's is leaving Italy.

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It's having a dry sense of humour. You don't survive in Australia without it.

I had an Aussie roomMATE in NYC.
Very hard to get to know despite him seeming friendly and nice.
He got letters from home and I noticed all the postage stamps had pics of terrified furry little critters running from wildfires?
Funny?
NYC certainly taught me to not judge folks from other cultures based on my own culture.
I love most about America that we sort of have every culture here, often not Americanized too much.
Some really do Americanize though, bummer.
 

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Well, to be fair, McDonald’s succeeds in places with amazing local cuisine. I’m not sayin’ it’s right or good, it just is.
Fast food places have to abide by local food standard regulations. Hence even McDonalds has a decent quality beef in their hamburgers in Italy.

Also, it is kind of fun for children with the playground and such. Dominos doesn't have that.

My children were happy to go to McDonalds when they were growing up in Italy but they absolutely refuse to go to any McDonalds in an English speaking country. There is one about 5 minutes walk from me in London and we've not been there even once.
 

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Hah.. They had balls to compete with real italian Pizzas?
I took a round trip around italy (Rome, Milano, Venice and Tuscany) almost 10 years ago, and wherever i went, small vendors, pastries and bakeries. I tried their pizza and everything else. I could not imagine go to Domino´s (that was not there then) or other chain corp garbage with local food as they have there.
I have never been a fan of tomatoes but the Italian ones was from a different planet. Amazing.
So.. i will never forget the food in Italy. The small joints, the outside-the-tourist-trail eateries which i sought out. Wherever i ate i was not let down. Amazing food all over..
So im not surprised Domino´s gave it it.
 

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OMG you let non Italians into Italy???
I'm not sure I follow. But I think it helps to understand that there is a strong culture in Latin Europe for family owned and operated restaurants in particular. Italians are also very set in terms of the hours when food is available, ie if you go to a restaurant at 2:30 or 10:00 pm you are likely to be turned away.

Pizzerias are often open later than restaurants in the evening (Italians normally won't eat pizza for lunch), but the whole concept of a US business model where the place is open from noon to super late is not a place where many Italians will be happy to work and given the fact they don't like working in service industries for people other than themselves.
 

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Domino's used to be actually decent. Some of you younger guys probably don't believe me, and I don't blame you.
Also, speaking of Outback, I find it pretty amazing (compared to most everywhere else) what 15 bucks can get you there.

Domino's was definitely more pizza-like and better tasting a few decades ago. It kept some of us alive while pulling all-nighters getting big e-commerce Web sites online. I think all the goodness was 'value engineered' out of it in favor of holding the cost to a minimum.
 

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No accounting for taste. Have never understood why the chains would open stores in areas with plenty of home grown independent pizza joints. I get how their delivery service can draw business but slice for slice there’s just no comparison taste or quality wise. Each to his own. I guess if they have Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kentucky…:D
 

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Poor management... like the corporate types putting whip marks in their backs whenever they deviate from what midwesterners crave 😅
I'm from SoCal, when I spent 3 weeks in MN in 2000 for a programming gig I went to a place recommended by another programmer that lived there. Ordered a taco. Got half a pound of hamburger on an uncooked corn tortilla. It was hideous. I went to the owner and offered to teach them how to make a taco. They were so pleased they didn't charge me. I showed them how to make pan fried as well as soft shell....
 
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I've been to Italy several times (and going again over Thanksgiving). On average, Italian pizza's never have impressed me..... even many of Domino's are better. We Americans always improve upon items we adopt from others...its always bigger and better.
Agreed. I spent 2 weeks in Italy last month, just east of Florence. The pizzas I had there were good, but I would choose a pizza from a local pizza joint here in my hometown over the Italian one every time. The bread was good on the Italian's pizza, but the sauce and toppings were plain, weak, and uninspiring. Same with the rest of the food over there. I didn't have anything that wasn't good, but I didn't have anything that I would order a 2nd time.
 

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Hi.

Two stories.

First, in some kind of documentary quite a few years ago I saw that Starbucks had no stores in Italy out of ‘respect’ for Italy’s coffee tradition. But, the implication was that they knew better than to try. Since then they have, starting in 2018 I believe. From what I read, possibly once they saw that an Italian woman had opened her own derivative and it proved super popular with young folk - in part to do with hanging out / lingering there to socialise (from memory*).

Next. A few years after my father passed, my mother told me a story he had related to her in the early 60s (I believe). Bear in mind that NZ as a whole was incredibly non-cosmopolitan until, basically, the 80s. Anyway, she said he once described an Italian dish he’d had when, as a young solider in WWII, he had been billeted with Italian families. Apparently he said something like ‘The mothers would make this meal from leftovers on Sundays, putting it on flat round bread dough and sprinkling cheese on it and baking it. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was delicious.’

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Dean
* now, what’s the Italian for caveat…
 

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FWIW I don’t believe that most Italian pizza is much like pizza from a US pizzeria. The pizza parlor pizza most of us know and love is more of a Italian American invention. Chinese food even more so. Food in China is totally, completely different from US Chinese food. Not necessarily better or worse-just different.
 

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Thankfully Olive Garden still has their Culinary Institute of Tuscany …
Is that Tuscany Mississippi or Tuscany New York😎


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Agreed. I spent 2 weeks in Italy last month, just east of Florence. The pizzas I had there were good, but I would choose a pizza from a local pizza joint here in my hometown over the Italian one every time. The bread was good on the Italian's pizza, but the sauce and toppings were plain, weak, and uninspiring. Same with the rest of the food over there. I didn't have anything that wasn't good, but I didn't have anything that I would order a 2nd time.
Is it possible that you found the sauce and toppings to be plain, weak and uninspiring as they were natural ingredients rather than loaded with the salt and sugar that are more prevalant in certain other countries?
 




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