Take That, Chicago! First Lady Lunches on Brooklyn Pizza

By Mariel Smith
|  Thursday, Mar 25, 2010  |  Updated 6:58 PM EDT
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Take That, Chicago! First Lady Lunches on Brooklyn Pizza

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First Lady Michelle Obama wore a bright pink cap sleeved dress, perfect for Spring, to speak about her "Let's Move" campaign and the importance of school nutrition during the School Nutrition Association´┐Żs (SNA) annual Legislative Action Conference in Washington, DC, March 1.

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Does the First Lady really prefer New York's pizza to her hometown of Chicago's?

Doesn't everyone?

Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and three friends feasted at Brooklyn pizzeria Grimaldi's yesterday, offering curious, salivating onlookers a rare glimpse into the dining habits of the First Family (minus President Obama, of course). 

The Obamas and company devoured four pies: one plain, one pepperoni, one sausage and one with mushrooms, peppers and onions, reported The New York Times. And the legendary pizza spot was thrilled to have them.

So was waiter Rafal Harajda, who said he was nervous at first to serve such a prestigious group, but was quickly relaxed by Michelle Obama's down-to-earth nature. That the First Crowd gave him a nice tip didn't hurt, he said.

The visit from the Obama clan wasn't entirely diplomatic, however. Harajda sparked a New York pizza versus Chicago pizza feud when the Times quoted him as saying that Michelle Obama told him: "It was better than Chicago pizza."

He backtracked a bit later, however. When the Chicago Tribune asked him to comment on the Times quote, Harajda clarified: "No, what she said was, 'It's the best pizza, and I'm from Chicago.'

 

 

 

 

 


 

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