New York City Mayor Says His Approach Is How They Do It In Italy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What do you think, bad pizza form?

During a visit to Goodfellas Pizzeria on Staten Island Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ate three slices using a knife and fork.

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As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the Boston-born mayor switched over to eating pizza by hand when he got to his fourth slice.

Goodfellas co-owner Scot Cosentino was asked about the mayor’s use of silverware.

“You know, I think he’s just trying to be polite, alright. So we’ll talk to him on the side about that,” he told Lamb.

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Social media sites were soon filled with pictures and comments of de Blasio’s pizza faux pas, 1010 WINS reported.

The mayor defended his knife-and-fork technique.

“In my ancestral homeland, it is more typical to eat with a fork and knife. And so, I have been in Italy a lot and I picked up the habit for certain types of pizza. So when you have a pizza like this, it had a lot on it, I often start with a knife and fork but then I cross over to the American approach,” de Blasio said.

The mayor met with Staten Island small business leaders at the pizzeria.

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