From vitello tonnato – veal with tuna sauce – to beef braised in the Piedmont region’s most famous red wine, brasato al Barolo, meat dishes have been central to the food tradition of northern Italy for centuries.
But Chiara Appendino, the new mayor of Turin and a force in the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), could be about to change all that with her pledge this week to promote vegetarian and vegan diets as a “priority” in her administration.
I’m guessing Italy has no other pressing issues to deal with, then?
The move is unprecedented in Italian municipal government, but is in keeping with the views of the eurosceptic M5S.
The party espouses some progressive values, such as environmentalism, conservation and green energy, but is ambiguous on migration and did not support a recent extension of parental rights to LGBT Italians.
Seems you can’t be ‘a little bit progressive’, you have to go all in…
So why aren’t we calling it what it is – a cult?