A Vienna Pub Celebrates the Italian Mafia: “Grilled Falcone and Barbecued Impastato”

VIENNA – Italy: mafia and mandolins. Old stereotypes never die, so the Don Panino Pub in Vienna, Austria (www.donpanino-wien.at) decided to name its sandwiches after Italy’s Cosa Nostra crime bosses and their opponents.

For more than a few people, Don Panino’s menu is in bad taste, and they’re turning up their noses at sandwiches with names like The Don Corleone, The Don Falcone, and even The Don Peppino (Impastato).

The “Mafia Sandwiches” are joined by anti-mafia fare as well, including The Don Buscetta à la paprika and the Don Falcone with garlic, pesto, and greens.

It’s not just the name of the sandwiches that has incited heated comment, but the descriptions that accompany them. Falcone, for example, is described this way: “He earned his title as the mafia’s number-one enemy in Palermo; unfortunately, he ended up grilled like a hot dog.” [Giovanni Falcone was an Italian prosecuting magistrate who spent most of his career combating the power of the Sicilian mafia. On 23 May 1992, Falcone, his wife, and three police officers, were assassinated by the mafia when a half-ton of explosives hidden under a culvert were detonated as Falcone’s car drove over them. The explosion was so powerful that it registered on local earthquake monitors. Tommaso Buscetta was a mafioso who turned informant in the mid-1980s. He was instrumental in the anti-mafia work of Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, another judge assassinated by the mafia in 1992, and is also credited with hundreds of convictions of organized crime figures in the U.S. ~ Tr. note.]

don paninoDon Panino’s defines Peppino Impastato as the “Big-mouthed Sicilian who ended up cooked like a barbecued chicken when a bomb went off.” [Giuseppe “Peppino” Impastato was a political activist and radio journalist who openly opposed the Palermo mafia. He was killed in a May 1978 bombing when his unconscious body was placed over a charge of TNT, stretched out on a train track near his home, and blown up. ~ Tr. note.]

Italian citizens living in Vienna seem to be angriest about Don Panino’s menu. They’ve launched a call for a boycott of the restaurant on the Causes.com site (http://www.causes.com/actions/1749930-change-the-menu-and-advertising-message-of-don-panino-vienna) and have asked the Italian embassy in Vienna to take immediate action, with the hope that the restaurant will at least change the name of its sandwiches.

[Don Panino’s Vienna menu doesn’t just serve offensively named sandwiches. It also features “Mafia Pasta,” including one dish described as “Little Italy’s Greaseball Style.” ~ Tr. note.]

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From: http://www.ilmattino.it/primopiano/esteri/don_panino_mafia_vienna_ristorante/notizie/289187.shtml. See also http://tinyurl.com/k37fcjk. The website that is the purveyor of this offensive nonsense is owned by Jitse Groen, who is Dutch and just happens to be on Twitter @jitsegroen and on Facebook at jitse.groen@facebook.com. You can drop him a friendly line – or just go sign the petition at http://tinyurl.com/m8ow8u4.

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Posted on 7 June 2013, in Translation ... sometimes it is a beautiful thing...., Write ... che ti passa. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. IT’S A SHAME!!!
    HORRIBLE DON PANINO!

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