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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio set off a furor after using knife and fork to eat pizza

Monday, January 13, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio caught eating pizza with fork

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio earns scorn from pizza purists after using fork.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got his pizza with smoked mozzarella, sausage and a dash of scandal.

The newly installed mayor unintentionally spiced up a political meeting at a Staten Island pizza joint Friday by digging into his slice with a knife and fork.

That's a no-no for many New Yorkers, who believe pizza should be folded and eaten with their hands.

Photos of a utensil-wielding de Blasio spread across Twitter and prompted mock outrage, some even calling for his impeachment. It was reminiscent of a "Seinfeld" episode in which characters make a stir by eating a candy bar with flatware.

De Blasio, who prides himself on his Italian-American heritage, later explained that he eats pizza the way they do in Italy. He starts with a knife and fork, then uses his hands.

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