A New York City pizzeria has apologized after it debuted new menu item with a name many call racist.
Pizza by Certé created a “Pic-a-Nika” pie topped with Southern fried chicken, sea-salted watermelon, and a sunflower seed crust -- sparking anger among customers and those on social media, reports PIX 11
Pic-a-Nika Pizza Name? Are you kidding? pic.twitter.com/eoozEKlo0y
— Ian Deveney (@DeKroonCat) August 14, 2015
“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,” a New Yorker told PIX 11.
Pizza by Certé first advertised the item earlier this month in a promotional tweet that has since been deleted.
Pizzeria manager Victor Guzman told PIX 11 that they were aware of the issue but had no plans to take the pizza off the menu because it's one of their best sellers. He added that the name is just an “Italian pronunciation” based on the way the owner’s father used to the say the word "picnic."
Some on Twitter stood by the pizzeria and saw nothing wrong with the name.
— slone (@slone) August 14, 2015
But others continued to point out the potential problems with their name choice:
Y'all want to stay permanently asleep in re: NYC racism. Latest ex: Pic a nika pizza w/ sea salted watermelon + fried chicken toppings. LOL
— Eri (@eri_cyrus) August 14, 2015
— Salaayah (@Salaayah) August 14, 2015
You put fried chicken and watermelon on a pizza and call it a pic-a-nika but that's not meant to be offensive? K. https://t.co/eMpkabKqJF
— LaCienegaBoulevardez (@frangela21) August 14, 2015
Despite the controversy, it looks like the pizza is here to stay, but under a new name.