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
Racist Pizza in New York City

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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.”

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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.