When New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ate a slice of pizza with a fork and knife at Goodfella’s Pizza in Staten Island, N.Y., he prompted faux-angry New Yorkers to tweet about “ForkGate,” protesting that “real” New Yorkers eat pizza with their hands. But the very fork that the newly sworn-in mayor used to scarf down some slices last month was just sold on a charity auction website for $2,500. And according to Politico, the money will be donated to Tunnel to Towers, a foundation that helps wounded soldiers and first responders.
Goodfella’s Pizza co-owner Mark Cosentino told The Daily Meal that the anonymous bidder has actually returned the fork to Goodfella’s Pizza, where the fork will soon be put on display. So what does Cosentino really think about the mayor using a knife and fork to eat New York pizza?
“I thought it was great!” said Cosentino, who own’s the restaurant with his brother and another business partner. “It was a fun story and it drummed up attention for us, plus it raised a lot of awareness for Tunnel to Towers.” Whether you eat your slice with or without a fork, a slice from Goodfella’s is guaranteed to be a tasty experience. Goodfella’s has won several awards for its pizza, including “World’s Best Pizza” at the Pizza International Expo.