1. I live in a part of the world where people do not fold up pizza to eat it. That said, the fold it up school is not unknown, it just looks weird from here. The artist has merely flipped the switch, and given the “normal” guys the habit of wadding up their pizza before eating it.

  2. Sure, but what we can all agree on is that only a space alien would sit down to eat pizza with a knife and fork, right?

  3. Some decades ago I was eating pizza with some people I knew (gamers? coworkers?) and one who came from Yugoslavia was eating his with a knife and fork. I joked to him that was un-American, and ever since I’ve wondered if he took me seriously. He didn’t say anything but my unreliable memory is that he looked a bit worried.

  4. You think these guys are weird? In Germany, the “normal” way to eat pizza is with a knife and fork. (And if you are wondering why I inverted the implements, that’s the way they say it here.)
    P.S. If you order french fries from a German snack food stand, they generally come with a tiny plastic fork.

  5. I don’t recall ever hearing “fork and knife”. Unless you count “You call that a forkan’ knife?”😒 Sorry.

  6. Fork and knife does not sound strange and I think if I heard someone say it I wouldn’t even notice. But I’d say 19 out of 20 it’s knife and fork. In fact I think the only time I’ve heard fork and knife it was in:

    Everywhere there’s lots of piggies, living piggy lives,
    You can see them out to dinner with their piggy wives
    Clutching forks and knives
    to eat the bacon.

    and that was only to force a rhyme.

  7. I’ve also always heard the knife come first. The reason fries in Europe (not just Germany) usually come with a little plastic or wooden fork is that most people have mayo or ketchup on their fries. Since they’re in a paper cup with the condiment on top, the fork is actually pretty useful.

    Europeans generally eat their pizza with knife and fork. I waffle between doing that and cutting my pizza into traditional slices and eating it with my hands. Depends on the situation, I guess.

  8. I’m sorry, Mona. Just realized I was riffing on your take. No disrespect intended; the shoulders of giants and all that. Hope you have a really good one today.

  9. A couple of years ago He Who Shall Not Be Named was photographed eating pizza with a knife and fork somewhere in Manhattan, possibly in a restaurant in The Name Of He Who Shall Not Be Named Tower. Jon Stewart ranted about it on TV.

  10. Sometimes you need to eat it with a knife and fork- at least until it cools a bit. Especially something like Giordano’s- which is literally a hot mess on the first slice. When we moved to this area, the tough part for me was remembering *every single time* I ordered pizza to ask for it cut in traditional wedges. Even the national chains cut pizza in squares!

  11. Irene, they should only cut the Chicago thin crust into squares. AFIK all other pizza is supposed to be cut into wedges. I often use a knife and fork for the first several bites of any pizza, as it’s just too hot to hold at first. And I also use a fork on the square-cut, thin crust pizza we get at the bowling alley, so I don’t get my fingers greasy while I’m bowling. And yes, our alley actually has REALLY good pizza. Many people come to the alley just to eat and not to bowl, especially at lunch time.

  12. I usually eat it with utensils. Especially St. Louis style, which is somewhat harder to pick up.

    And I don’t care who approves.

  13. When my European relatives visited, they ate sandwiches with knife and fork. Also thought our coffee cups were soup bowls (size-wise); they were used to demitasse cups.

  14. Google gives me 502’000 results for “knife and fork”, but 518’000 for “fork and knife”, so Kilby’s initial feeling about the more common of the two seems to be (barely) born out…

  15. The new-ish emoji (Unicode v6) is named “Fork and Knife”. That elicited a {sigh..} for me, a “knife and fork” user.

  16. Sorry I’m picking up this thread a little late. There are several classic Jon Stewart rants on pizza with Trump and DeBlasio. The best is possibly the best The Daily Show ever (http://www.cc.com/video-clips/0ect4f/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-me-lover-s-pizza-with-crazy-broad) when Trump took Sarah Palin for “authentic” New York pizza. There is also a wonderful Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! segment on Chicago deep dish pizza (https://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/470067791/wait-wait-dont-tell-me-for-march-12-2016; listen to Panel Round One).

  17. They eat pizza with a knife and fork in Italy. You know, the place where pizza was invented.

  18. American pizza and Italian pizza are not the same thing.
    If you’re talking about American pizza, it’s probably more accurate to say that the Italians “inspired” it, rather than “invented” it.

  19. In the philippines i have seen people eat burgers and kfc with utensils (typically in SEAsia that will be a fork and spoon); in fact, i can’t recall anyone NOT eating fried chicken with fork and spoon.

    and goddamnit doughnuts! Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts — even starbucks — give metal utensils with doughnuts.

  20. Husband’s family is Italian – his grandparents all immigrated here (separately) and some of his great grandparents also.

    He was taught growing up that pizza is eaten with a knife and fork. He will only eat pizza with a knife and fork (okay, he will also eat it with a fork and knife).

    Also pizza should be made at home or purchased only from certain pizza places to be authentic.

  21. Nathan’s french fries used to be served with a small 2 prong wooden fork. Later with a small 2 prong plastic fork. have not gone there in some time so I don’t know what it any utensil it is served with now.

  22. What amazes me these days is the lack of use or of proper use of utensils when eating of many people. It has apparently become common to stick a fork into a large piece of meat (a steak, a chicken breast, a slice of roast beef, etc.) and lift the entire piece to the mouth and take a bite and then place the food back on the plate – no knife used.

    I also saw a man (in a restaurant in PA) cut a piece of his steak with the fork in the steak and use the knife to cut. The fork was then removed from the cut piece and the knife blade shoved into the previously cut piece and the knife used to lift the piece to his mouth – point of the knife going into the mouth – repeat.

  23. Detroit-style, St.Louis-style, and Sicilian-style pizzas may be cut into squares, as well as any pizza baked in a shape other than round. All other pizza slices should be wedges.

  24. Wendy- I was born in Chicago but have lived in Ohio most of my life- the Giordano’s was just an example of a pizza that usually needs KNIFE and FORK :-). Cleveland was great…but now we live in Lima (which was not accurately represented in Glee, from what I am told). This place is simply weird. 🙂

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