Italy Braces for McPasta

"I ordered the grande salad bucket!"
"I ordered the grande salad bucket!" Photo: McDonald's Italy, Barilla

It’s been described in the Italian press as a pool party featuring “the devil and holy water,” but this new tuna and pennette salad — a joint venture of American hamburger company can-do and the ancient Italian extruder — is listed on the menu as “a balanced and skilful mix of tuna, tomatoes, peppers, capers and olives, seasoned with a pinch of oregano and salt.” It debuts tomorrow at McDonald’s locations in Italy and is being promoted like a healthy, mega-hyped Mediterranean diet kind of thing, but it’s still just McPasta to us. (Bright side: We’re now this much closer to getting a viable noodle burger Stateside in our time.) [Guardian, Earlier]