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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.
We sincerely apologize we have offended anyone w/name of our popular aug pizza.Certainly not our intent! name has been changed @PIX11News
— Pizza By Certe (@PizzaByCerte) August 14, 2015