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Chicago Deep Dish or New York's $1 Slice?
Change.org, an online activists’ platform that allows people to raise awareness for a wide variety of causes, has set its sights on $1 pizza slices in New York’s Lower East Side – but locals appear supportive of the slice, whether out of tradition or a love of cheap food.
<strong>A New York Tradition</strong>
Tradition is all well and good, but it’s the cheapness (and quality) with which the movement takes issue. People who oppose the $1 slice argue that the market is oversaturated with fly-by-night pizza mavericks that are in it to make money by marketing mediocre mozzarella, so to speak, and making it harder for other food vendors to compete.
The result: People get inferior pie while also being limited in other food choices.
So far, <a title="Change.org" href="https://www.change.org/petitions/community-board-3-promote-diversity-in-low-to-mid-priced-food-options-for-new-york-city-s-lower-east-side" target="_blank">New Yorkers aren’t buying it</a>, opting instead for the right to buy their $1 slices. At the time of this posting, less than 30 signatures have been collected even though many New York pizza pundits agree that quality has taken a nosedive in many parlors located in the city’s “Lower Yeast Side.”
<strong>A Chicago Deep-Dish Delicacy</strong>
Chicago, on the other hand, has its own war to wage in the media now that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has joined forces with <em>The Daily Show's</em> Jon Stewart to declare that the deep-dish delight doesn’t even count as pizza.
While the Windy City is no stranger to political bluster – hence the nickname – the front lines of the battle are <a title="NY Daily News" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/chicago-style-pizza-man-fights-back-article-1.1618893" target="_blank">in a Greenwich Village Chicago-style pizzeria</a> where supporters for the out-of-towner’s calling card are scarce. The restaurant, a labor of love launched by a proud Chicago pizzaioli, is making a name for itself by competing with New York's skinnier slice.
By way of response to the seeming challenge, Justice Scalia ruled that the deep-dish pie “shouldn’t be called ‘pizza’” and Stewart referred to Chicago’s parlor pride as “tomato sauce in a bread bowl.” Ouch.
<strong>Chicago vs. New York Pizza – Your Vote</strong>
Thankfully, these pie styles aren’t limited by geography and <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> is curious to know where the rest of the nation stands on its pizza preferences. No waffling allowed. It’s probably true that most people (who like pizza, anyway) enjoy both styles when the mood strikes, but we’re looking for favorites. So …