Some North Koreans Getting A Slice Of Life

North Koreans are getting a taste of Italy for the first time as a pizza parlour is opened in Pyongyang. It may seem a bit off though as the nation has struggled to feed the masses even regular fare.
North Korean leader Kim Jong is said to be a gourmet who loves Western food. When he discovered that the chefs in Pyongyang couldn’t produce a decent tasting pizza he sent a delegation of local chefs to Italy to learn how to make it the right way last year.

In the late 1990’s he had tried to get pizza made right by bringing a team of Italian chefs to North Korea to instruct his army officers on how to put out a decent pizza. The pies were only offered to a few elite members of the nation though.

This time around high-quality Italian wheat, flour, butter and cheese are coming to the pizza parlour straight from Italy.

Reports the Telegraph:

“Our people should be also allowed to enjoy the world-famous food,” the manager of the Pyongyang eatery quoted Kim as saying, according to the Tokyo-based Choson Sinbo newspaper.

This may seem like progress but for a nation that have 24 million people struggling to be feed it seems like a slap in the face to many.

Most people in North Korea make by with very little. The average income was a mere $1,150 in 2007 making it one of the world’s poorest nations.

A famine during the mid 1990’s is said to have resulted in as many as 2 million deaths. North Korea’s elite though don’t deal with that struggle, they feast on French wine and delicacies such as shark fin soup and caviar.

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