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Old 28.01.2015, 11:51
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I don't know when you were last in the U.K. but there are some improvement in Italian food, surprising in the North of England.
I was actually surprised about that too.

In Switzerland you get used to the majority of Italian restaurants being run by a somewhat greying and balding Sicilian who has been in Switzerland, and probably in that very same restaurant preparing the very same dishes for several decades. In terms of choice of decorations, furniture and food innovation, that generation gap is clearly visible.

In the UK, I've noticed many Italian restaurants are run by very young people, who set the tone accordingly.
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I was actually surprised about that too.

In Switzerland you get used to the majority of Italian restaurants being run by a somewhat greying and balding Sicilian who has been in Switzerland, and probably in that very same restaurant preparing the very same dishes for several decades. In terms of choice of decorations, furniture and food innovation, that generation gap is clearly visible.

In the UK, I've noticed many Italian restaurants are run by very young people, who set the tone accordingly.
Happens here as well (e.g. Tschingg, Bar Basso, certo and to some extent Marcellino Pane e Vino). Of course there are as well many "old-fashioned" and traditional Italian restaurants...
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I disagree with the paying for tap water also, and Ah-Hua is no exception there as I had to pay last time I was there, plus its OK Thai food, not great.


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Thanks for the Ah-Hua tip, Kaloid123, I have never been there. Some other Thai places I know in Zürich are

White Elephant - top-notch food

Ban Song - good food but I disagree with the whole paying-for-tapwater principle so I don't go

Blue Monkey - it's OK

Chiang Mai - very tasty. Part of a shop and there are only about 8 casual seats so it's better for takeout
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Italian food in Switzerland is surprisingly bad, considering the proximity to Italy. Old Fashioned is not the word I would describe when the quality is that bad, I would call it "Tourist", meh.




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Italian food in Switzerland is surprisingly bad, considering the proximity to Italy. Old Fashioned is not the word I would describe when the quality is that bad, I would call it "Tourist", meh.
Well, the "old-fashioned" was not meant to be negative. Maybe traditionally would have be better...

Have you actually been to any of the restaurants I suggested? What about Scala or Casa Ferlin? I would disagree with your statement, however tastes are different...

EDIT: Sorry for offtopic.
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Well, the "old-fashioned" was not meant to be negative. Maybe traditionally would have be better...

Have you actually been to any of the restaurants I suggested? What about Scala or Casa Ferlin? I would disagree with your statement, however tastes are different...

EDIT: Sorry for offtopic.
I didn't mean it negatively either. I'm a big fan of Italian cuisine, in both its more traditional and more modern formats.
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