An NYPD dog waded into controversial waters on Saturday by picking a side in an ongoing Twitter debate between New York and Chicago police over which city has the best pizza.
In a video posted by NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James R. Waters on Twitter, an “Explosives Detection Canine” named Abe was offered two different boxes: one with Chicago-style pizza and one with New York-style pizza.
The police dog ignored the Chicago-style slice, but started sniffing the box and wagging his tail when offered the New York-style slice, the video shows.
The debate between the two departments began when Chicago police tweeted about National Pizza Day.
“How will you celebrate, Chicago? Deep Dish, or ol’ fashioned thin crust? Either choice beats New York-style slices,” the department wrote.
It didn’t take long for the NYPD’s official Twitter account to respond to the insult.
“We recognize the slice of pizza on the right, but what’s the one on the left? Is there pasta in it?” the department tweeted.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea also weighed in.
“Trick question. If it’s not from New York, it’s not pizza,” he wrote.
“Does this count as impersonation under NY state law?” the NYPD’s account added.
On Saturday, Chicago’s police department decided to test out some New York-style slices.
The verdict? “It’s all right,” one officer said. “But it’s not Chicago.”
A group of NYPD officers returned the favor with predictable results.
"The bad news is, your pizza didn’t cut it," the NYPD tweeted. "The good news is, you’re invited to New York for a slice on us any time!"
Mayor Bill de Blasio's office also weighed in with a tweet.
"The greatest pizza in the world can only come from the greatest city in the world — New York City!"