“I simply asked what and where young people were going to eat,” said the Milanese master chef. “They were very simple questions which led to my decision to team up with McDonald's”.
The “refined” burgers will be available for three weeks in Italy only, starting Wednesday through November 15.
The “Vivace” (lively) is a burger topped with bacon, salted spinach, marinated onions and mayonaise with mustard seeds.
The “Adagio” (slow) is also a hamburger, topped with sweet-and-sour eggplant or aubergine strips, sliced tomatoes and salted ricotta, all between a bun covered in sliced almonds.
Both will cost €4.70.
The dessert, called “Tiramisu alla Milanese”, combines panettone, (a traditional milanese Christmas cake, like a sweet bread with sultanas), a coffee-flavored cream, mascarpone and candied almonds, and will cost €2.50.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.