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No chicken, no salami: Japanese eatery pulls items on shortages

Saizeriya grapples with labor gap in Thailand, swine fever in Italy

Italian-restaurant chain Saizeriya has been trimming its menu amid procurement difficulties. (Photo by Risa Kawaba)

TOKYO -- Saizeriya, a Japan-based chain of family-style Italian restaurants, has discontinued certain dishes over supply chain disruptions abroad and is turning to domestic procurement of certain ingredients.

Grilled chicken with cheese and tomato sauce, an entree priced at 500 yen ($3.87), is no longer available because of supply challenges due to a labor shortage in Thailand -- the source of the main ingredient. A 300 yen appetizer featuring salami from Milan was also taken off the menu at all locations after Japan suspended imports of pork and cured meats from Italy following an outbreak of African swine fever.

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