An Italian restaurant in New Taipei City apologized after complaints began rolling in over a pasta dish featured on its menu called “Long Live the Nazis” (納粹萬歲麵), according to the European Pressphoto Agency. The offending food item has since been renamed.
Rockmill’s, located in the Banciao district, came under fire after a local TV station aired a story about the dish’s controversial name.
“When we were deciding on a name for this pasta dish, it never occurred to us that the word Nazi would stir up such controversy,” Chao Ya-hsin, the 24-year-old manager of Rockmill’s, was quoted as saying in a Wall Street Journal report.
Chao said that the dish was named so because it included German sausage, and there was also a pizza that had the same name. She said she’d been serving the popular food items for about a year and they hadn’t received complaints, further apologizing for offending the public.
In 2000, another restaurant in Taipei found itself in similar controversy for displaying photographs of Nazi concentration camps on its walls. The owner of the restaurant pleaded ignorance, according to EPA, and took the images down.
Israeli and German representative offices in Taiwan expressed regret over Rockmill’s dishes, saying that it showed a lack of historical understanding about Nazis.
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