I’ve just come back from two weeks in Italy, mostly Rome. I found a lot of things quite similar to Argentina – culturally speaking (more about that in another post). As I ate out every day – sometimes in tourist areas, other times in places that only locals patronize, I got a good idea of restaurant prices. In general I paid around 8-10 euros for a main course (pasta usually). Sometimes a bit less or a bit more. The food was always good, service satisfactory, atmosphere nice. I have just returned to BA. On Sunday I ate at a very good Italian restaurant in La Boca. The place was busy with a Porteno crowd. Pasta dishes were $35 pesos. That’s about 8 euros or what I often spent for the same quality (usually larger portion in Italy) pasta in Rome, Florence, etc. Dessert was 20 pesos. I paid less in Italy. It just doesn’t make sense to me. All of the ingredients came from Argentina. Wages are low in Argentina. We are not earning euros. Something’s wrong and I am getting pretty worried.