Fork in hand, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio samples the pizza at Goodfellas Pizza on Staten Island on Friday. (Associated Press)
Fork in hand, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio samples the pizza at Goodfellas Pizza on Staten Island on Friday. (Associated Press)

People: New Yorkers want a hands-on mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got his pizza with smoked mozzarella, sausage and a dash of scorn.

The newly installed mayor unintentionally spiced up a political meeting at a Staten Island pizza joint Friday by digging into his slice with a knife and fork. That’s a no-no for many New Yorkers, who believe pizza should be folded and eaten with their hands.

Photos of a utensil-wielding de Blasio spread across Twitter and prompted mock outrage, some even calling for his impeachment.

De Blasio, who prides himself on his Italian-American heritage, later explained that he eats pizza the way they do in Italy. He starts with a knife and fork, then uses his hands.

Chili Peppers score Super Bowl gig

Bruno Mars will have help from the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he performs at the Super Bowl next month. Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show.

Super Bowl halftime performers often have collaborators. Last year, Beyonce had Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams from her Destiny’s Child days join her onstage, and two years ago Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. joined Madonna for her halftime show.

Cassidy suspected of DUI again

Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy has been arrested in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving.

The California Highway Patrol said the 63-year-old Cassidy was pulled over Friday near Los Angeles International Airport after an officer spotted him making an illegal right turn against a red light. He was arrested after the officer smelled alcohol in the rental car.

Cassidy was released Saturday morning on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5.

Last year Cassidy was pulled over in New York on suspicion of driving drunk. He also has a 2011 DUI conviction in Florida.

The birthday bunch

Singer Glenn Yarbrough is 84. The Amazing Kreskin is 79. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is 63. Actress Kirstie Alley is 63. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 62. Radio-TV personality Howard Stern is 60. Actor Oliver Platt is 54. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 40. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 36. Actor Andrew Lawrence is 26. Rock singer Zayn Malik (One Direction) is 21.


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