My Dirty Food Secret: McDonalds in Italy

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I may get kicked out of the country for this but I must admit it…

I ate McDonalds in Italy.

I know it’s awful. It’s disgusting. It’s blasphemous.  But let me explain!

Jaime and I went out last night. Per usual I drank too much red wine. Today as we were waiting for our train we wanted wifi and hangover food.

Jaime knew where to go. McDonalds has the Euro meal and free wifi. Or so we thought, turns out not in Italy but that was after we ordered.

I don’t even like McDonalds in Canada but it seemed like the perfect idea.

Please don’t hate me.

P.S. Did you know you have to pay extra for ketchup here?

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  1. Average Traveller says:

    While I don’t condone your actions (joking) you wouldn’t be the first put on the boat. In Italy I saw plenty of people through the McWindows, and many of them were too well dressed to be visitors.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Oh yeah it was packed, and lots of people with backpacks trying to find wifi!

  2. Lorenzo Gonzalez says:

    ha.. and you also got suckered for ketchup!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You cannot eat french fries without ketchup, I also like a little mayo.

  3. Crazy. I know you have to pay extra for some condiments in certain restaurants in Australia.

    You also get funny looks if you ask for extra napkins.

    Yes, you have to ask for extra napkins.

    I haven’t had McDonalds in over 11 years.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I am actually not a McDs fan at all. I eat fastfood maybe once or twice a year but if I am going to eat junk I’d prefer it to be Burger King – not that it is any better!

  4. How are you going to call me out like this??? LOL!!! Ahhh but yes we drink way to much the night before and well I think McD cures all hangovers. I love the photo jaja~

    Oh & I hate they didn’t have wifi!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know, don’t you love it that I blamed it all on you!

  5. In Romania you have to pay as well for Ketchup.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Wow we are really lucky in North America.

  6. You know, I visit McDonalds in many countries I travel to – not so much for the food (though it’s sometimes great the morning after!!!) but because I like to see what they have that’s different. I will never forget the McRamadan meal we came across in Morocco many years ago. And of course there’s the famous Pastel de piña we loved in Guatemala (so bad for you but so good!!! It’s research…. right? 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Well I do feel a bit better with your support Mardi – in Latin America I visited the local versions of fast food to see what they had but Italy doesn’t seem to embrace the idea of fast food, which is a good thing.

  7. The Australian McDonalds has incredible toasted banana bread. Although I would still only ever visit for the free wi-fi. No free wi-fi = definite fail!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Wifi in Italy is really bad so I wasn’t surprised.

      If you come to the East Coast of Canada in the summer we have the McLobster, which is a lobster roll. I have had it, not bad although you can go to any restaurant for a better one.

  8. Did you forget that McD’s has worms in their hamburgers…lol!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I did forget that!

  9. Stephanie - The Travel Chica says:

    You should be eating pizza for hangover food!

    They will probably start charging for ketchup in Argentina soon.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Soon it will be like South East Asia where Argentina charges you for napkins!

  10. Nooooooo! Jaime has brought you over to the dark-side!

    That’s completely unacceptable. Use the FORCE! Come back to the light Ayngelina!

    “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” ~ Yoda

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It was just a brief break in sensibility. I promise not to bend again!

  11. …and I thought I was the only one who used that excuse for eating MacDonald’s!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I would have preferred Burger King, but I guess I got what I deserved!

  12. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    Haha hey I always get Starbucks wherever I go…we all have our secrets! 😉

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      You get Starbucks in Buenos Aires! That IS a dirty secret!

  13. Emily in Chile says:

    You used to have to pay extra for sauces in England too, not sure if that’s the case anymore.

    And don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Being hungover is a perfectly legit excuse.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know I’m a food snob but being hung over throws all principles out the door.

  14. Euro Meal – as in in costs a Euro, or is a specially designed meal for European tastes?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It costs a Euro, cheapest thing you can buy. It’s their version of a dollar menu.

  15. Joe would be broke. He even dips his burgers in ketchup

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I guess that’s how they make their money with their Euro meals.

  16. Debbie @ European Travelista says:

    I have a feeling most of us succumb to the ease and quick meals at McDonalds! I actually did this in Budapest one night. I spent a full day out and about and arrived late back to my hotel. Needed something quick and able to carry back. McD’s to the unfortunate rescue! The rest of my meals were local foods 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      It’s because you don’t have to think about it, every place looks the same and regardless of what country you are in there is a lot of English. It’s far too easy!

  17. I actually did something similar in France. Hate McDonald’s at home but in another country it sounded like a great idea. Flawed logic, but we’re all allowed to make mistakes – we’re only human after all.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      When I was 16 I went to the McDonalds on the Champs D’Elysse to have a McBeer – because 16 year olds think that’s a cool thing to do.

  18. Raymond @ Man On The Lam says:

    I go to McDonald’s in foreign countries all the time — for the toilets! 🙂

  19. RenegadePilgrim says:

    I have tried using the wifi outside McD’s in Italy and found out it’s not free like it is in Spain…I have also gone to Starbucks in Spain for their free wifi…I am not ashamed! A girl has to do what she has to do to stay connected (or find directions to a place!) and sometimes it is fun to see how the menu is different.

    I think the main difference with going to North American fast food places while traveling is that it is not an “all the time” occurence, but a “once in a while” occurence. I loved KFC in Thailand. It tasted better than at home. I went to Starbucks in Chiang Mai a few times because I got addicted to their caramel frapps with tapioca cubes in them. But I also ate a lot of Italian, Israeli, Indian, and Thai food when I was in those countries…

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I once had fish and chips in Vietnam because I just needed something that was familiar.

  20. I think McDonald’s is an absolute MUST when you’re hungover. That’s the only time when I absolutely NEED it. But now I live like an hour away from McD’s by bus. I guess I can’t get hungover any more. Dangit.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      What are you eating then??

  21. They have the Euro meal???

    I know, it sucks about the ketchup! Don’t hate ME, but I totally head on over to Burger King every once in a blue moon when I get the 2 for 1 discount coupons from my bus pass.

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  23. so true! i never realized how much i took ketchup for granted in canada. but in all fairness, the mcdonalds in europe are on a completely different level than the ones here! mcdonalds in europe = SO FANCY.

  24. Hahaha. I remember having McDonalds in France and it being more disgusting than usual. You’re forgiven. Our bodies want weird things with hangovers.

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