In an opinion handed down Friday night at a Birthday Celebration for George Washington at the Union League Club of Chicago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made a ruling against Chicago "deep dish" pizza, saying it wasn't really pizza.
The evening's discussion ranged from his favorite president (Washington) to religious constitutional issues (government can't favor one religion over another but doesn't have to avoid religion). But it was near the end of the night the Justice made his ruling. Scalia directed his comments on the pizza issue during the question and answer session after his speech. He said he liked both Chicago and New York style pizza, but Chicago style “shouldn’t be called pizza” he said. “It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza.”
With Friday's ruling Justice Scalia agreed with the legal precedent he set in October 2011 when he said:
“I do indeed like so-called ‘deep dish pizza.’ It’s very tasty,” the high court’s most outspoken conservative said after a moment’s hesitation. “But it should not be called ‘pizza.’ It should be called ‘a tomato pie.’ Real pizza is Neapolitan. [from Naples, Italy] It is thin. It is chewy and crispy, OK?”
Some critics have argued that Scalia should recuse himself because he grew up in New Jersey and would naturally favor the pizza served in New York. Others argue that Scalia's decision was fair because he did spent time teaching at the University of Chicago.
At this time it is not known whether or not Chicago will appeal.