Milan Considers Ban on Late-Night Eating: Here’s What You Need to Know

by Alice

The tradition of indulging in late-night gelato and take-away food might soon face restrictions as Milan, Italy, deliberates over a proposed ban on all take-away food after midnight.

The initiative, spearheaded by the Municipality of Milan, aims to “preserve the tranquility” of the northern Italian city and ensure equitable access to public spaces, particularly in areas impacted by nightlife. According to the municipality, the regulation would prohibit all take-away food sales after 12 a.m., with outdoor dining ceasing at 12:30 a.m. in residential zones and extending until 1:30 a.m. on weekends and public holidays.


Marco Granelli, the city’s deputy mayor for security, underscored the objective of striking a balance between social activity and community well-being. In a Facebook post, Granelli stated, “[The] goal is to find equilibrium between socialization and entertainment, while safeguarding the peace and health of our residents.” He emphasized the vision of a vibrant city where individuals of all ages have spaces for communal gatherings.


Pending final approval, the regulations are slated to be implemented in mid-May, encompassing 12 districts within Milan, including popular locales like Brera, Darsena-Navigli, and Isola.


However, not all residents are in favor of the proposed measures. Marco Barbieri, secretary general of the Milan branch of the Italian retailers’ association, Confcommercio, criticized the restrictions, arguing that they defy common sense. Barbieri highlighted concerns that the midnight cut-off is too early, particularly given the dining habits of many young people who often dine out late, especially during the summer months.

This isn’t the first time Milan has contemplated such restrictions. In 2013, a similar proposal faced backlash from the public, prompting protests, including the aptly named “Occupy Gelato” movement, ultimately leading to the abandonment of the measure, as reported by CNN.



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