The row erupted over an 18 second video advert advert which appeared to prove the Italian kids prefer a Happy Meal to a margherita pizza. Chefs in the country are threatening to sue McDonald's.
For those who think that organized crime is only a southern Italy problem, you might be shocked to hear that 40 arrest were made in northern cities, including Milan.
McDonald's faces a critical moment Monday that could determine its fate
The 6 things wrong with Italy and how to solve them.
Aerial View of Venice, Italy
The number of regions striving for independence is growing: this week Venetians have been voting on breaking away from Italy, albeit in a referendum not recognized by the authorities.
Europe File: The real question has always been whether the euro survives on German or Italian terms.
Other Italian family firms are still holding tight