This was clearly a half-baked idea.
The press secretary for the mayor of New York City — America’s pizza epicenter — took to Twitter to claim that a Chicago pizzeria makes better pies than all of New York.
“This is the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close,” Eric Phillips tweeted Saturday along with a photo depicting an amorphous pile of pepperoni and sauce that is purportedly a pie from some place called “Pequod’s Pizza.”
That specious assessment did not sit well with Big Apple gourmands, who were quick to pile on the seemingly clueless Midwest native.
“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, and it’s rare that an opinion can be wrong — but this is one of those rare cases,” New York pizza tour guide Scott Wiener told The Post. “It’s an irresponsible statement to make as a representative of the city itself.”
Phillips deflected: “I don’t think anyone cares what type of pizza the mayor’s press secretary likes. I think they care more about someone not being a phony. Especially about pizza!”
Critics slammed Philips on Twitter, and the flack, apparently not satisfied with the initial slander, then compared New York’s heavenly slices with lowly Salisbury steak.
“I’ve lived in NYC for 12+ years. The flat, foldable, salt-less pizza is fine. I eat a lot of it. But it’s not as good as Chicago pizza. It’s like Salisbury steak vs. actual steak. Sorry,” tweeted Phillips, who hails from Wisconsin.
The clearly unrepentant city employee twisted the knife by later revealing he ate the pie with a fork. Boss Mayor de Blasio got a heaping serving of criticism when he used a fork at a Staten Island pizzeria in 2014.
“Like any good slice of pizza, yes,” de Blasio said at the time when asked if he used his hands or a utensil.
Wiener saw Philips’ posts as a provocation but explained that it’s a coping mechanism Midwesterners have developed to deal with their inferior iteration of the New York classic.
“He came out swinging, but it’s so unnecessary,” Weiner said. “It’s usually the Chicagoans who attack New Yorkers. They have a chip on their shoulder because you know after you eat a slice and a half of their stuff, you have to take a nap. Our pizza energizes you.”
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