Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio was mocked mercilessly for daring to eat pizza at Staten Island’s Goodfellas with a fork and knife. Yesterday, the alleged NY pizza heathen ate pie in a place that understands his knife and fork methodology: Naples, Italy.
When Pizzagate erupted in January, Massachusetts-born de Blasio told the New York Daily News, “In my ancestral homeland, it is more typical to eat with a fork and knife. I’ve been to Italy a lot and I picked up the habit for certain types of pizza.”
Photo: New York Daily News
Since de Blasio was clearly at a sit-down pizzeria in Naples, the way he’s eating pizza in these photos is completely and totally appropriate. Neapolitan-style pizza is naturally a bit soupy in the center, and is thus very conducive to eating with utensils.
But according to this piece that Serious Eats compiled in 2013, even the way Neapolitans—the people who invented pizza—eat pizza is changing. Apparently, something called “the quad-fold” is now an acceptable way to eat pizza on the street in Naples. (Yes, that below is a whole pizza.)
Photo: Serious Eats
We suppose the basic takeaway from all this is simple: when you’re eating pizza, eat it like the people around you are eating it. That way, you’re covered no matter what kind of pizza you’re stuffing in your face hole.
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