By Ryan Blodgett
Jan. 24, 2014
Last week, Supreme Justice Antonin Scalia issued a decisive opinion in which he held that Chicago style deep dish “pizza” is not really pizza at all.
In a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago, the conservative justice stated about deep dish that “It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza.” These are strong words from this New York native, who grew up in Queens. “It should be called tomato pie,” he argued. He was reportedly booed after the decision came down.
Pizza is “thin,” “chewy,” and “crispy,” exclaimed the Justice. As the son of Sicilian immigrants, Scalia’s pizza tastes are based on a deep tradition.
Although this revelation startling some people, especially since Justice Scalia lived in Chicago for several years, others have publicly taken the same stance.
The two do not often agree, but on this issue, Scalia shares his opinion with fellow native New Yorker, Jon Stewart. In November, Stewart managed to offend the entire city of Chicago when he ranted on the same issue – that deep dish is not real pizza.
Others have felt personally slighted by Scalia’s remarks. Emmett Burke, the owner of a well respected Chicago-style pizza restaurant is appealing Scalia’s opinion to John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. Burke suspects that Scalia’s statements might be politically motivated, the Wall Street Journal reports. “He’s just trying to undermine Barack Obama because he’s a Chicago guy,” said Burke.