Another day, another round of the vicious decadeslong New York vs. Chicago pizza fight.
Eric Phillips reignited the heated rivalry when he visited Chicago and posted a picture on Twitter of a particularly messy Pequod's pie with the caption, "This is the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close."
While not exactly a controversial opinion here in the Midwest, Phillips happens to be the press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Needless to say, the New York media pounced on the pizza betrayal. The New York Post called him a "clearly unrepentant city employee" and referred to Pequod's as an "amorphous pile of pepperoni and sauce."
Grub Street went so far as to question whether de Blasio would have won re-election last week if this scandal had come out before: "If voters had witnessed a defense of casserole masquerading as pizza beforehand, it would have effectively deep-sixed the mayor’s chances of reelection."
Even David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, weighed in: "I love Chicago pizza but, to be clear, it’s really more like a thick cheese pie."
Instead of backing down from the controversy, Phillips apparently felt the need to dig deeper. In a follow-up tweet, he claimed that while "flat, foldable, salt-less pizza fine," it's doesn't compare to Chicago-style. "It’s like salisbury steak vs. actual steak. Sorry."
This, it should be noted, is at least the second pizza-related scandal for de Blasio, who was once caught eating a New York slice with a knife and a fork, a sin some in the city have never forgiven him for committing.