Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all agree to support the Pizza Party. This week, the Bluegrass Region will celebrate Lexington Pizza Week (a new tradition that should be a national holiday.) So, in honor of Lexington Pizza Week, let’s celebrate all of our favorite pop culture pizza moments.
10. Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Bet you forgot about this one! This half-hour comedy was set in Boston and followed Ryan Reynolds and his friends whose names you might have difficulty recalling (Traylor Howard & Ryan Ruccolo) as they work at a pizza place. Think of it as Friends but instead of hanging out at Central Perk, they spend time at Beacon Street Pizza. Blink-182 made a special/naked guest appearance and so did Antoine Walker’s Celtics jersey. There wasn’t a lot of pizza iconography in the show, but the title lends itself to lots of pizza related puns.
9. Pizza Rat
In 2015, we had officially seen it all when a YouTube video went viral of the New York City Pizza Rat. The infamous 15-second clip showed a rat carrying a piece of pizza through the subway. Since then, the pizza rat has been immortalized in a sexy Halloween costumes, a Twitter handle with 56 followers and a petition to name the Staten Island baseball team, the Pizza Rats.
8. SpongeBob’s Pizza Delivery Episode
According to WeveGotThisCovered.com, the Pizza Delivery episode is the greatest SpongeBob episode of all time. Who could possibly argue with that?
Using his old pioneer tricks, SpongeBob is able to get the pizza delivered whether it arrives on time or not.
7. John Travolta’s Double Decker Pizza
John Travolta does a lot of things that confuse me. I’m perplexed by his religious choices, his eyebrows on American Crime Story and his pronunciation of Idina Menzel. One thing he gets right is his Double Decker Pizza from Saturday Night Fever. Tony Manero gets it. He knows how to consume pizza quickly without burning the roof of your mouth.
6b. Mystic Pizza
I like my pizza with a side of tears. Mystic Pizza has the quickest delivery time for sobs. I’m not sure which I enjoy more, the retro “A Slice of Heaven” pizza shirts or coveting Julia Roberts’ hair.
6a. Deeds’ Pizza Combinations
Both shops from Mystic Pizza and Mr. Deeds are lead by Conchata Ferrell. She is an assertive woman, who lets her opinions be known. Even though they have similar management, Deeds’ Pizza specializes in specialty pizzas. From French fries and Oreos to peanut butter and gumballs, there is no combination that they can’t do.
5. Pizza Propaganda
Pizza commercials peaked with “The Pizza Head Show.” Since then, advertisers have continued to try to strike gold again. With guest appearances from Peyton Manning and Papa John’s cheesy face, pizza propaganda continues to permeate American pop culture. The pizza commercial is so ubiquitous that SNL created a pizza commercial spoof, found here.
4. Wayne’s World Pizza Sellout
Speaking of spoofs, when Wayne sold out to the Vanderhoffs, he was obligated to bow down to pretty much every sponsor. Wayne’s sellout is just sad. It’s like people only do things to get paid. *Garth voice*
And for some reason, that makes me really want a Pizza Hut pizza.
3. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Obsession
Who knew turtles named after classical artists would love pizza so much?
Literally no one.
Regardless, these heroes in a half shell were obsessed with odd food pairings on their pizza. These reptilian connoisseurs enjoyed pizza with chocolate sprinkles and clam sauce and jellybean and sausage. No wonder kids who grew up in the 90s are a bunch of weirdos.
2. Breaking Bad Pizza Toss
On the surface, there is nothing comical about a drug dealer throwing a pizza out of frustration. On Breaking Bad, however, it stands out as one of the most humorous scenes from the series. According to this article, the pizza toss is so much of a pop culture icon that the owner of the house used for the scene has to “sit outside with a shotgun in a rocking chair. You know, like Granny from ‘Beverly Hillbillies.’” Now, this homeowner is the one who knocks.
1. Home Alone’s Personal-Sized Pizza
Home Alone taught us that it is appropriate to call delivery guys “filthy animals” and to eat whole cheese pizzas alone. As I become older, I realize that Kevin McAlister was living the dream as he rode around NYC in a limo full of pizza and champagne flutes full of pop. What else would you want on a limo ride? Spaghetti?
Here’s looking forward to Lexington <Insert Fatty Food Here> Week!