I hate the "meet the chicken" kind of descriptions of the food (doesn't happen here, but in the UK and the US it's common) or phrases like "with fresh creamery butter" - what the heck does that mean and imply - that they're doing you a favor not using rancid butter, or that it comes from a creamery (as opposed to what, a foundry?)
One thing they do in rome a LOT and drives me nuts is when you get a menu with all quirky invented names that you have to ask the waiter for the description of. E.g in a restaurant called "il grotto" you get "maltagliati al grotto" or other terms that don't help understand what's in them at all. They seem to think the more fantasy they put into the name the more you'll want to get the dish, without ever even giving you a hint as to the contents. is "spaghetti pirate style" supposed to be more interesting? if the restaurant is called "the pirate" ok, it's your home dish, but why don;t you add the description in the menu?
I'm all with you, loomchick, chicken breast is pretty awful.
I also am against the fad or fashion of "slow food" at least as translated here in Italy. It means making things exactly as they were always traditionally made, with no invention, no creativity, no anything. Who says my grandmother ate better than i do?