Sicilian MP blasts the Danes over 'mafia' pizza

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Sicilian MP blasts the Danes over 'mafia' pizza
Screenshot of the menu on Mama Rosa's website

A Sicilian politician and anti-mafia commissioner has lambasted restaurants in Denmark for naming pizzas and sandwiches after the notorious crime gang after stumbling across an Al Capone pizza in Copenhagen.


Fabrizio Ferrandelli and his wife Claudia were shocked to find the mafioso-named items on the menu as they dined at the Mama Rosa restaurant in Copenhagen on Tuesday night, the politician, who is also regional vice-president of the Democratic Party (PD), wrote on his blog.

He said the dishes “exploited the worst stereotypes about southern Italy and criminals”.

Still, Ferrandelli added that the discovery was timely, as he has prepared a dossier, to be submitted next week, highlighting the ways in which the image of Sicily, where the mafia originates, is distorted around the world.

He also found a 'Don Panino' sandwich in Austria.

Ferrandelli described the case in Denmark as “another shame to add to the file.”

“The Don Panino is not an isolated case,” he said.

The report will reveal other examples of how Italians dishes are used to glorify the mafia, with names including Pizza Connection, The Godfather and Don Vito Corleone.

Meanwhile, at home, the Vini Lunardelli wine company has been using former dictators, including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, to sell a range of wine.

The range, which was launched in 1995, has sparked criticism from Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  


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