ITALY: Spent Volcano Coming Up

It was as though the English had said no thanks to roast beef, as though the Germans had sworn off beer. Italy's sunny vineyards were heavy with grapes as they had not been in years, but Italians no longer seemed to care. With horror, the government reported that Italy's domestic wine consumption had fallen from 100 liters per year per head before the war to a mere 70. The cause: high cost of living and a taste adulterated by foreign imports. "Before the war," sighed one expert, "when you went to a country osteria, you found only wine. Today...

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