Ancient snack bar unearthed in Pompeii

An ancient fast-food counter, which is believed to be nearly 2,000 years old, has been unearthed in the southern Italian city of Pompeii near Naples.

A team of archaeologists say the frescoed thermopolium or a fast-food eatery that was discovered in the ancient Roman city in an exceptional state of preservation.

The counter is decorated with brightly colored frescos of birds and an image of an undersea nymph. A hen is vividly depicted with a red crest and brown feathers.

The team also found the remains of snails and fish which they believe were ingredients used in ancient dishes.

Pompeii, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, was buried in ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79.

Massimo Osanna, who heads the team, told reporters that the discovery of the well-preserved thermopolium could help researchers understand how people in Pompeii lived and what they ate about 2,000 years ago.