The latest restaurant being boycotted for being too clever in the raw climate of Donald Trump’s presidency is a beloved pizza shop in the tight Del Ray community of Alexandria, Virginia.
Del Ray Pizzeria debuted a clam-topped pie called “Grab Her By the Pizza” during inauguration/Women’s March weekend last month. It references a 2005 Trump audio clip of in which he says: “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Reaction to the pizza has been prickly, prompting ownership to pen a Facebook post last night that reads more like an explainer than an apology because it emphasizes that the pie in question was discussed with “the restaurant manager—a hard working single mother—and the other strong, intelligent women who work here.” Though it goes on to say, “We deeply apologize that this was so grossly misunderstood, and hope that our neighbors will give us the chance to re-earn their respect.”
Naturally, the pizzeria is getting killed in the comments, and one-star reviews are starting to roll in. The “Grab Her By the Pizza” with bacon, fontina, mozzarella, parsley, olive oil, and Alfredo sauce doesn’t appear on the online menu anymore, but there are still some political pies like “Barack my World,” which offers a clue about the ownership’s politics.