I read recently that many, many, many dishes have pork in Italy. According to this article in the IHT, Italian cooks even add a dose of pork fat to pizza dough. Which alarms me, because I am traveling with a Moslem friend to Italy.
Is halal food readily available in Italy? If not really halal, what are good picks in regular restaurants for reliably pork free food? We're going to Rome, Florence, Tuscany, and Venice.