For some, Chicago’s nickname as “The Second City” is a pejorative. This is usually on the east coast, where many passionate pizza aficionados will go to their grave saying New York-style pizza is better than Chicago’s deep dish pie. As a Chicagoan, I’ve suffered through enough pizza arguments that I never asked for for my entire life. People come from all over the country, even the world, to experience Chicago’s melty, steamy version of pizza, and I will always be asked about it. I realize now that this is the Chicago Curse. My general opinion is, “it’s pizza, it’s all good.” But for many, a superior pizza must be named. I try to stay neutral, but they pull me back in because the pizza passion is the strongest passion.
Now, The Simpsons have officially picked a side of the eternal Chicago versus New York pizza debate during their historic three-minute live segment this past Sunday.
The segment had the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta, “Simprovising” through the segment in which Homer fielded calls from fans, who could ask him pretty much whatever they want. Naturally, a Chicagoan had to ask Homer about pizza (after 72 attempts to get through to the Simpsons’ live hotline). It makes sense, Homer’s an expert on the subject, after all.
“Homer, we know, loves food. Knowing Dan Castellaneta is from Chicago, knowing he was from here, I targeted a question specifically that I thought would elicit a pretty funny response,” said caller George Quiroga.
Homer’s answer: “I prefer Chicago deep dish because I like Italian better than Chinese.”
(Via Chicago Tribune)