This New York Pizzeria Made a Racist ‘Pic-a-Nika’ Pizza with Fried Chicken and Watermelon

Pizza by Certé is feeling the burn after its comments on social media

This is the original photo posted on Pizza by Certé's Facebook page.

A New York City pizzeria is under fire for creating a racist-sounding pizza.

Pizza by Certé on the Upper East Side introduced what they called a “Pic-a-Nika” pie as their August pizza of the month. The creation featured Southern fried chicken, sea-salted watermelon, arugula, goat cheese, ricotta, and blue cheese atop a sunflower seed crust.

An anonymous customer tipped off New York’s PIX11 News, saying: “I went there today and there was a new pizza that they are selling called ‘pic-a-nika’ which sounded very horrible when I read it. It was when I read the description I knew that the name was in fact racist.”

Victor Guzman, manager of Pizza by Certé, told PIX11 that the pizza is one of the restaurant’s best-sellers and that its name is supposed to denote an “Italian pronunciation.”


Pizza by Certé posted on their Facebook that the Pic-a-Nika pizza was the “#perfectsummerpizza,” but later deleted the post. They have now changed the name to Picnic Pizza and posted an apology on Facebook and Twitter.