Deep dish pepperoni pizza with metal spatula

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NYC mayor’s aide cheeses off Twitter by badmouthing New York-style pizza

He says he doesn't want to be a 'phony.'


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Nov 14, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 11:10 am CDT

If you choose to work for a city, you should probably be prepared to defend every aspect of it. That means supporting its politicians, its culture, its developments, and, most importantly, its food. Especially if the city is known for one dish in particular.

But Eric Phillips, the press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, decided to publicly take a stand against NYC’s pizza. In a controversial tweet, he said a deep dish pizza he ate in Chicago is “the best pizza in the United States.”

He followed up with tweets to describe his qualifications and reasonings. He called NYC pizza “fine.”

“I don’t think anyone cares what type of pizza the mayor’s press secretary likes,” he tweeted. “I think they care more about someone not being a phony.”

Still, people wondered why Phillips would even tweet about his pizza preferences in the first place.

Phillips’ boss faced criticism earlier this year for the way he eats pizza in NYC. Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet that a pizza he ordered in Staten Island was “structurally sound enough to eat without a fork and knife.” Pizza, of course, should always be eaten with your hands.

At least the mayor’s press secretary likes the city’s bagels?

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*First Published: Nov 14, 2017, 2:28 pm CST