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Italy: "Suspended" pizza

In Naples, restaurants are returning to a very old tradition: customers get to eat pizzas another customer has paid for in advance. That makes "going out to eat" possible for people on low budgets.

Italians can be very generous. They occasionally buy a coffee or pizza "sospeso", paying for two items, but consuming only one, leaving the other as an anonymous charitable donation for a poorer customer. The tradition existed sixty years ago when the young Sophia Loren baked pizza in a film, encouraging potential customers by saying they could eat now and pay in eight days. Decades later, the sopreso has returned as a sign of solidarity in the economic crisis.