Well, I didn't think it would happen, but in every place we stayed for more than 3 nights--Paris, Florence, Salerno--at some point we just had enough of local food & found ourselves craving...something else. Didn't much matter what, just NOT McDonald's.
In Paris, we found a neat Vietnamese place called Hanoi Restaurant in the Latin Quarter near our hotel. Figured we were in pretty good shape because the French used to occupy Vietnam, and heavily influenced their cuisine. Best crispy egg rolls I've had to date, and we have some pretty good Viet joints in Chicago in comparison.
We only stayed in Lucerne, Switzerland for two nights, so the pretzel roll sandwiches and fresh perch were just fine. Did not hit saturation point there.
In Florence, it seemed that every restaurant had these items on the menu: ribollita (Tuscan bread soup with greens), bisteca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak), and tagliatelle alla cinghiale (wild boar). We did shop at Mercato Centrale and picked up prosciutto, cheese, honey, rolls for our apartment, and that helped somewhat. But still there was a sameness about it all. So after seeing David at L'Accademia, on the way back to the apartment we found Turkuaz, a Turkish falafel storefront--it was delicious, really hit the spot.
Then finally, even though Salerno in southern Italy had cuisine more up my alley with more fish and lighter fare, we still had to call audibles twice, once to Mythos, a lively & informal Greek place that served smashing gyros & souvlaki, and then to Geisha, one of the weirder Japanese restaurants at which I've ever dined. The food was OK--good California roll and decent chicken teriyaki, but it was more a 'to be seen' Salerno nightlife hotspot for the younger crowd, that didn't start filling up until after 10:00, with European techno-chill music wafting through the modernistic décor.
I really enjoyed experiencing these non-indigenous places & wondered if anyone has done the same thing?