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Friday 9 December 2016

No codding: Half price food on national chipper day

Holly Keating and Michele McGrath celebrating the sixth annual ITICA National Fish & Chips Day, today Wednesday 27th May
Holly Keating and Michele McGrath celebrating the sixth annual ITICA National Fish & Chips Day, today Wednesday 27th May

It's been 130 years since Giuseppe Cervi opened Ireland's first Italian chipper on Dublin's Pearse Street, and today fast-food restaurants across the country are offering half-price fish and chips.

Over 180 chippers will offer cut-price food as part of the Irish Traditional Italian Chipper Association's (ITICA) sixth annual National Fish and Chips Day.

While the celebration may not be suitable for those on a diet, ITICA boss Peter Borza told the Herald that a bag of fish and chips is as wholesome as fast food gets.

"It's probably the least processed of all the fast food out there," he said.

"We bring in the spuds fresh and wash them, peel them and cook them on our premises, as we do with the fish. In moderation, it's not an unhealthy option."

HUNGRY

With 200,000 hungry punters expected to queue for their supper, Peter said that only authentic Italian chippers can participate.

"We're a very tight-knit community in Ireland, there are about 4,000 of us who originally come from an Italian village called Val Di Comino, and most of us are in the business," Peter explained

"You do get a lot of people opening chippers and calling them Italian names when they're not Italian at all, so we felt we had to start the ITICA to show who we are in the business and to maintain our standards."

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