NYC Mayor de Blasio Eats Pizza With Knife and Fork

De Blasio pointed out that his pizza "had a lot on it"

Friday, Jan 10, 2014  |  Updated 5:22 PM EDT
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See Mayor Bill de Blasio eating his pizza with a knife and fork. He says the style is European.

See Mayor Bill de Blasio eating his pizza with a knife and fork. He says the style is European.

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New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, raised eyebrows on Staten Island Friday when he sat down and enjoyed a slice of pizza with a knife and fork.

The mayor, who often boasts of his Italian heritage, defended the eating style as authentically European.

"In my ancestral homeland, it is more typical to eat with a fork and knife," he said. "I have been in Italy a lot and I have picked up the habit for certain types of pizza."

De Blasio was on Staten Island for a "roundtable" with residents. 

Photos of him eating pizza with utensils ignited a firestorm of mocking comments on Twitter.

"He's officially worse than Bloomberg," tweeted one woman.

De Blasio pointed out that his pizza "had a lot on it."

"I often start with a knife and fork but then I cross over to the American approach and pick it up when I go farther into the pizza," he said. "It's a very complicated approach but I like it."

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