Fast Food in Rome

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:

That tray in the foreground was also trash, left on a table. But note the trays on the floor there in the back.

That tray in the foreground was also trash, left on a table. But note the trays on the floor there in the back.

The Burger King near the Trevi Fountain:

Maybe it was a service dog? Who knows. Dogs are not an uncommon site in Roman restaurants anymore.

Maybe it was a service dog? Who knows. Dogs are not an uncommon sight in Roman restaurants anymore.

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…

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3 Responses to Fast Food in Rome

  1. Renee G says:

    The reason you eat fast food in big European cities is because you are traveling with young children and you know they will like and eat the food. We lived in Germany for 4 yrs – we’ve eaten at McDs in some of Europe’s finest cities

    • That is a good reason! But at least in the Trevi Fountain locations I featured in this post, little children are hardly ever seen. Mostly twentysomethings.

  2. Pam Fuerst says:

    Timothy also says the food is more expensive than the American McDonald’s and Burger Kings. I don’t think he eats at these very often, thank goodness!

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