Justice Scalia Rules: Deep Dish Pizza Isn’t Pizza

When it comes to pizza, Antonin Scalia is firmly in the New York camp:

New York thin-crust versus Chicago’s deep-dish: It’s a historic battle between the Big Apple and the Windy City.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia picked his preferred pie Tuesday during a Chicago conference at Chicago-Kent School of Law, “ruling” that deep-dish isn’t pizza at all.

Scalia was in town for a student conference discussing the issue of the government’s role in confiscating private property, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. But his comments didn’t stop there.

“I do indeed like so-called ‘deep dish pizza.’ It’s very tasty,” Scalia said. “But it should not be called pizza. It should be called a tomato pie. Real pizza is Neapolitan. It is thin. It is chewy and crispy, OK?”


Chicagoans were not happy to hear his opinion on the city’s baseball teams either, the Associated Press points out.

When asked “White Sox or Cubs?” Scalia said he was a Yankees fan, drawing boos from the audience.

Original intent, my friends. Original intent.

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  1. Mark says:

    It nice to think that Scalia and I at least agree on one thing.

  2. john personna says:


    LOL, me too.

    FWIW, a good book:

    American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza

  3. john personna says:

    (The book has a very good history of regional styles, both here and in Italy.)

  4. Pan says:

    Ditto what Mark said. Finally, Scalia is on the same page as me 🙂

  5. 11B40 says:


    Actually, there’s no pizza west of the Hudson (River, that is).

  6. bains says:

    I’ve a cousin who managed Pizzeria Uno (before it syndicated). True and great Chicago deep dish pizza! But when I make my own it is always thin crust. Scalia’s opinions on pizza match my own. I do have a seriously objection with him however… on baseball. I’ll root for the White Soxs or Orioles any day within the AL, and the Cardinals and Rockies any day in MLB.

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Mark: I never thought the day would come…. but, me too. However, a YANKEE fan?????????????

    Scum of the earth, I say…….

  8. Franklin says:

    Another agreement with Scalia. On thin crust, certainly not the Yanks.