MIDTOWN, Manhattan – A midtown Pizzeria is proudly serving a new slice called “Pic-a-Nika” featuring toppings like Southern fried chicken, sea-salted watermelon, and sunflower seed crust.
A viewer emailed PIX11 saying he walked into his usual lunch spot at Pizza by Certé on 56th and Lexington Avenue when he was shocked by what was on display as the “pizza of the month.”
“I went there today and there was a new pizza that they are selling called “pic-a-nika” which sounded very horrible when I read it. It was when I read the description I knew that the name was in fact racist.”
The “Pic-a-Nika” features toppings like Southern fried chicken, sea-salted watermelon, and sunflower seed crust with arugula, goat cheese, ricotta, and bleu cheese.
The company promoted the “pizza of the month” on Facebook with the caption “#perfectsummerpizza.”
The manager of Pizza by Certé, Victor Guzman, told PIX11 that they’re aware of the problem because someone wrote to them on Twitter. They are not selling it Thursday night, but it’s not off the menu and the management has no plans to change that.
Guzman said that the pizza is one of their best-sellers. He explained they don’t plan to change the name because it’s an “Italian pronunciation.”
The pizzareia took to Twitter on Friday to apologize for having offended anyone, as it was not their intent.
They said that the name has been changed.