International Food Influences in Germany
The first more recent wave of foreigners coming to Germany specifically to sell their food specialties were ice cream makers from northern Italy. They started to arrive in larger numbers during the late 1920s and have been around ever since. Most German Eiscafes are run by Italians. With the post-WW2 contacts with Allied occupation troops and the influx of more and more foreign workers that began during the late 1950s, many foreign dishes have been adopted into German cuisine - Italian dishes such as pasta and pizza have become staples, and German-based company Dr Oetker now makes the most popular frozen pizza in Europe, which gets exported to EU countries and abroad - ironically, this includes Italy. :D
The pizza is Germany’s favorite fast food. Turkish immigrants also have had a considerable influence on German eating habits, especially with the Döner kebab. Greek, Balkans, and Chinese food also are widespread and popular. Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, and other Asian cuisines are rapidly gaining in popularity. Although, there is no German Haute Cuisine per se, there have been French influences, especially around the border region. Traditionally, some of the more expensive restaurants served French food, but since the 1990s, they have been shifting to a more refined form of local German cuisine.