Whether you’re here on a vacation or you live here, eating American fast food can be a big temptation from time to time, especially since eating in a normal restaurant tends to be a much longer affair here than it is back home – to say nothing of the usually higher prices.
I would warmly recommend that you resist that temptation at all costs, however. Maybe these images will help.
The McDonald’s near the Trevi Fountain:
The Burger King near the Trevi Fountain:
As I said in the caption immediately above, dogs are (sadly) not all that uncommon in restaurants and other places of business anymore here in Rome; usually they’re smaller dogs, though. I’ve also seen dogs in the grocery store. It’s not as common to see big dogs like the one above which, as I said, was possibly a service dog.
Unfortunately, the “pets are people too” mentality, which we have known in the States for a while, is catching on very quickly here and in some respects going farther than it has in the States – I’m pretty sure that, other than possibly a well-trained service dog, we would never see an animal inside an American restaurant. And that’s the way it should be!
Animals aside, the fast food restaurants here are pretty consistently dirty and the food is often worse than it is back home. Some people reading this may be thinking: Why would I ever eat fast food in Italy? Well, there are always a lot of Americans in there…