PIZZA WARS

Chicago pizza tops New York’s, NYC may­oral spokesman says

Chicago Sun-Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEFANOESPOSITO Staff Re­porter Email: ses­pos­ito@ suntimes. com Twit­ter: @ sle­spos­ito

It’s now of­fi­cial: Chicagostyle pizza is bet­ter than the flimsy, flac­cid ver­sion they serve in New York.

That’s the con­clu­sion from the man whose pri­mary job is to sing the praises of his boss, New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio, and all things Big Ap­ple.

But Eric Phillips, the mayor’s press sec­re­tary, didn’t just say he likes Chicago’s Pe­quod’s Pizza. He gushed about it in a se­ries of tweets over the week­end.

“This is the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close,” Phillips tweeted Satur­day.

Phillips, who is orig­i­nally fromWis­con­sin, was re­cently in town to see his Pack­ers beat the Bears; that’swhen he made a stop at Pe­quod’s.

What sets their pizza apart?

“The over­loaded high- qual­ity top­pings, the tangi­ness of the sauce and the airi­ness of the dough bring it all to­gether. But the slightly charred crust sep­a­rates it from the rest,” Phillips told the Chicago SunTimes in an email Tues­day.

But why risk the ire of fa­mously per­snick­ety New York­ers?

“Like Chicagoans, New York­ers ap­pre­ci­ate hon­esty and au­then­tic­ity,” Phillips said in his email. “We don’t like phonies, so I try not to be one.”

New York­ers were hor­ri­fied and dumb­founded by such blas­phemy. The New York Post re­ferred to Phillips as “the seem­ingly clueless Midwest na­tive.”

And the tabloid re­ferred to an im­age of a Pe­quod’s pizza as “an amor­phous pile of pep­per­oni and sauce that is pur­port­edly a pie.”

Na­tive New Yorker and Chicago Demo­cratic politico David Ax­el­rod weighed in on the con­tro­versy as well, com­ing in on the side of New York pizza.

In the face of such crit­i­cism, a brave Phillips stood his ground: “I’ve lived in NYC for 12+ years. The flat, fold­able, salt- less pizza is fine. I eat a lot of it. But it’s not as good as Chicago pizza. It’s like sal­is­bury steak vs. ac­tual steak. Sorry.”

Some New York­ers may take this with a pinch of salt, but Phillips says he still loves New York cui­sine.

“Both of the ci­ties’ hot dogs put the rest of the na­tion to shame,” Phillips said. “But New York City has no real ri­val in food or oth­er­wise. Sorry, Chicago, but New York will al­ways be the great­est city in the world.”

“I’VE LIVED IN NYC FOR 12+ YEARS. THE FLAT, FOLD­ABLE, SALT- LESS PIZZA IS FINE. I EAT A LOT OF IT. BUT IT’S NOT AS GOOD AS CHICAGO PIZZA.’’ ERIC PHILLIPS, press sec­re­tary to New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio

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New York­ers didn’t take kindly to Eric Phillips, press sec­re­tary for New York Mayor Bill de Bla­sio, tweet­ing that Chicago’s Pe­quod’s Pizza is ‘‘ the best pizza in the United States and it’s not close.’’

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