In times of rising prices, the “cover” for lunch also arrives at the university canteen. One euro and fifty for those who, instead of opting for the complete menu (first course, second course with side dish and fruit), choose the single dish (for example a first or second course). The measure was adopted from the Bocconi University of Milanwhich together with the Pellegrini Spa, the restaurant company that manages the canteen, has revised the prices of the menu. A clash with the students arose.
The complete meal (first course, second course with side dish and fruit) went from 7.50 euros to 8 euros rounds. But what has created havoc among the university students is the covered theme, which affects the individual dishes. A first course that cost the student only 2.50 euros, has risen to 4 euros. In fact, the cover entry has been included in the receipt. The price change came at the beginning of September, with the return to university of the students. An increase which, however, Pellegrini Spa also justifies with the renewal of the canteen service. The structure has in fact undergone a restyling, but also the product offer has been revised “focusing more on quality”. Fresh pasta, organic food, grill and pizza are now part of four different menus. “It was necessary to insert a cover charge for students who want a single dish. In light of the higher energy and bills, the price of 2.50 euros was not sustainable”, Pellegrini Spa said.
However, the students do not agree. “We no longer go to the canteen, we bring the” schiscetta “from home to save money. In addition to the increases, the portions of the dishes have also been reduced”, say two students, Laura and Giovanni. The representatives of the students of the Unilab list in recent days they have tried to bargain on increases. “Our representatives on the Board of Directors, the ISU and the CDD had a meeting with the administrators of the University and Pellegrini’s representatives on the changes implemented in the Pensionato’s canteen”, they wrote on their Facebook page. “Our requests – they continue – were the re-negotiation of the increases in meals, the return to the quantities of food of previous years and the return to the free composition of the menus”. However, these requests were not accepted. “On the part of Pellegrini and the University – they write – there was no will or openness on the points presented”. According to the students, the reason for the refusal to renegotiate the prices was “of an economic nature, despite the cost increases in the canteens of other universities in Milan did not affect the students”..
Bocconi’s answer was not long in coming. “Students eligible for the right to study continue to have the same benefits: the increase was in fact absorbed by Bocconi. For the rest of the population who attend the canteen managed by Pellegrini, the cost has gone from 7.50, a cost fixed by 2018, at 8 euros inclusive of everything. The increase on individual products is about 20% in the face of a qualitatively improved proposal that focuses on organic and sustainable products “, says the university.CopyAMP code