(NAPLES, Italy) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just can’t break his fork habit.
The mayor was caught again using the utensil to eat pizza — this time during lunch with his family in Naples, Italy — while on vacation.
“Naples is a place that I like very much,” the mayor told reporters as he got off a ferry from the island of Capri.
De Blasio, who’s currently on an eight-day trip across Italy, arrived in Naples Wednesday morning to much fanfare. He was not asked about why he used a fork to eat his pizza.
New Yorkers may have different opinions on many issues, but the one thing on which they can agree is how you devour a slice of pizza: you fold it, you eat it and you walk.
Of course, this is not the first time de Blasio has committed the fork faux pas. While visiting Staten Island in January — just a week after taking office — he first ate a slice of pizza with a fork, then switched to his hands, and ultimately back to a fork during lunch at Goodfellas Pizza.
Foodies blasted him for violating the ultimate rule of eating pizza in New York City: no matter how greasy the pizza, you always use your hands.
At the time, de Blasio argued that he was just being authentic and he picked up the pizza-with-utensils habit while visiting his “ancestral homeland.”
However, even native Italians find eating pizza with a fork questionable.
“I would say a real Neapolitan eats pizza with the hands,” said Adolfo Gatti, a native of Rome told ABC News. “But utensils aren’t frowned upon.”
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