Chicago mayor, comic engage in deep-dish diss

Associated Press
In this photo provided by The Daily Show and Zhubin Parang are two Chicago-style deep-dish anchovy-covered pizzas that were sent to comedian Jon Stewart accompanied by a note saying: Jon, Deep Dish With Dead Fish. Love, Rahm. Stewart denounced Chicago-style deep-dish pizza during a show Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 as an above-ground marinara swimming pool for rats. That didn’t sit well with Chicagoans and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office fired back sending the pizzas with the accompanying note. (AP Photo/The Daily Show, Zhubin Parang)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor has delivered a message to comedian Jon Stewart: Don't diss the deep dish.

Stewart feigned a profanity-laced tirade against the Chicago-style pizza this week on "The Daily Show," calling the massive pie "an above-ground marinara swimming pool for rats." The East Coaster also opined Wednesday, "I don't know whether to eat it or throw a coin in it and make a wish."

The slams came midway through a segment about the fight over North America's tallest building — a title that an architecture group ruled this week will head to New York's One World Trade Center from Chicago's Willis Tower.

It didn't sit well with Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Chicagoans who are generally as devoted to their thick, tomato-sauced pizza.

So, Emanuel's office ordered two deep-dish pies to be delivered to show's New York City studio. It included one topped by anchovies, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the time Emanuel sent a dead fish to a pollster, and accompanied by a note that read: "Jon, Deep Dish With Dead Fish. Love, Rahm."

"We wanted to set the record straight ... and send them some real pizza to broaden their minds about the best pizza in the country," said Sarah Hamilton, Emanuel's spokeswoman.

"The Daily Show" wasn't impressed. A video clip posted Thursday night on the show's official Twitter page shows a dog sniffing the fish pizza before sauntering out of the room, leaving it untouched.

Hamilton said the pizzas in question — a two-for-one special for $22 — were made in New York and delivered by cab.