Let’s start with a journalist stationed in the borough where this all went down Friday. Staten Island Advance reporter Jillian Jorgensen, in her first few paragraphs, cuts right to the cheese:
As a pizza was placed in front of the new mayor, he made a fateful move: He picked up a fork and knife.
The press corps noticed almost immediately. Within moments, there was a Twitter hashtag: #forkgate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t stick strictly to utensils – he sampled three slices (one margherita, two “Smoking Goodfellas”) and began with utensils for each, before switching to the more conventional New York handheld style for finishing.
Today, everyone from NPR to foreign correspondents is chowing down on this delightful lunch trail. Can’t say we blame them. Picking up on Daily News colleague Jennifer Fermino’s item, Justin Rocket Silverman quizzed various local “pizza pros” about de Blasio’s scandalous four-pronged miscue:
“I’ve been working here 21 years and would never eat with fork and knife,” said Lester Fernandez, the manager at the iconic John’s of Bleecker Street. “It doesn’t have to do with taste, it’s just not the right way to eat. A true New Yorker doesn’t eat it that way.”
For the “Woodfire & Brickoven” record, de Blasio’s “Smoking Goodfella” slices came loaded with smoked mozzarella, roasted red pepper cream sauce, roasted red-yellow-green peppers, sausage, onions and imported Pecorino Romano. So maybe the mayor’s “ancestral homeland” argument about a preferred way of eating extra-topped pie isn’t entirely off-base here.
Quick, someone write the eBook All the Mayor’s Toppings.
Image courtesy: goodfellas.com