Bill de Blasio Makes Faux Pie With Fork-and-Knife Pizza Technique
STATEN ISLAND — Dough!
Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped at a local Staten Island pizzeria for a quick bite on Friday — and caused a stir when he whipped out a knife and fork to dig into the pie.
The Cambridge, Mass.-raised mayor was visiting Staten Island as part of a campaign promise to reach out to all five boroughs when he went to scarf down a pie at one of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's favorite spots, Goodfella's Pizzeria, at 1718 Hylan Blvd.
The culinary faux pas immediately caused a backlash, as people took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the new mayor.
"GROSS. What an abomination," tweeted @placovara.
"De Blasio eats pizza with a fork? You disappoint me son," said Twitter user @TatteredFedora.
Others seated at the table with the new mayor used forks, and de Blasio eventually started using his hands. Shortly after the meal, he defended his technique.
"In my ancestral homeland it is more typical to eat with a fork and a knife," de Blasio said. "And so I have been in Italy a lot, and I picked up the habit for certain types of pizza.
"So when you have a pizza like this, it had a lot on it, I often start with a knife and fork. But then I cross over to the American approach, and pick it up when I go farther into the pizza. It's a very complicated approach but I like it."
De Blasio isn't the first to be criticized for the way he eats pizza. In 2011, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin were taken to task for the same appraoch.
The man who made the pizza also defended the mayor's approach.
"We don't care [how people eat Goodfella's pizza]," said Andrew Scuvera. "A fork and knife is the best way; we make gourmet pizza."