- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has issued perhaps one of his most controversial decisions yet — at least to Chicagoans: The deep-dish slice the city’s known for is not really pizza.

Chicago-style pizza is “very tasty,” Mr. Scalia said, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “But it’s not pizza.”

Mr. Scalia — the son of Sicilian immigrants and a native of Queens, N.Y. — issued the finding at the Union League Club of Chicago’s 126th annual George Washington’s Birthday celebration, the New York Post reported.

He said that while he enjoyed the deep-dish — which is a combination of tomato sauce and spices poured over cheese, then baked until bubbly — most people, at least outside Chicago, see the deep-dish as a fake and inferior option to the New York-style pizza that has a thin crust.

“It shouldn’t be called pizza,” Mr. Scalia said, indirectly upholding another celebrity-level opinion on the matter issued from Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart.

The New York Post reported Mr. Stewart said on his “Daily Show” last year that Chicago deep-dish is “tomato soup in a bread bowl. … an above ground marinara swimming pool for rats.”