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Embracing the ‘new normal’, restaurants in Italy are bidding farewell to the good-old paper menus and replacing them with QR codes. Just scan it with your phone’s camera and get the menu on your phone. By Kumar Shree
The post-Corona world is coming up with innovative ideas to ensure social distancing norms are met with while being able to carry on with the regular activities of life. Many restaurants in Italy have come up with new QR codes instead of the old-school paper menu cards. All you need to do is scan this code from your smartphone camera, and voila! There you have the menu on your phone without having to touch the menu card and worrying about its hygiene, or who might have touched it before you. The new method is completely contactless, making it absolutely safe.
If you’re slowly nodding in appreciation to that, you’d love to know–that’s not where the innovation stops. These new measures extend all the way to the kitchen, food handling, and even cooking precautions and techniques. It is becoming a common sight to see chefs adorning masks, gloves, and safety goggles while whipping up your favourite dishes.
Talking about the dining space, don’t be surprised if you feel your tables have turned smaller because they actually have. The restaurants in Italy have reduced their table size by half and have rearranged the entire dining space to ensure a minimum of one-meter distance between diners. Many others have also marked the restaurant’s floor with stickers to indicate the places of the tables and to ensure that they stay where they are supposed to.
As reported by Reuters, a 53-year-old local, Stefano Prati said, “Finally after two-and-a-half-months of imprisonment, I’ve managed to come out, not just to go to the supermarket but to a restaurant. It’s great satisfaction and if you eat well, it is even better.” Maria Chiara Di Felice, a 37-year-old owner of one such restaurant said, “They’re a bit surprised at first, some fear they won’t be able to use it, but then they realise it’s very easy and they’re happy.”