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L’è Maiala, a restaurant in Florence, is now letting customers opt to pay with a bartering system that could involve fresh produce, handmade goods or other wares. “With the crisis that we’re all living through today, we’ve met those who, in times of hardship, think they cannot afford dinner,” says owner Donella Faggioli, “but we counter that by offering the option to pay in goods instead of real money.” It’s a good idea for Italy, but something tells us that the words “fresh vegetables” in America would warrant a very blank stare …