'Let me settle this:' Barstool founder claims New Haven is U.S. pizza capital

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David Portnoy of Barstool Sports at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., in 2019.

David Portnoy of Barstool Sports at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., in 2019.

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Known for his signature pizza reviews, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has tweeted his opinion on the ongoing tri-state pizza feud.

"Let me settle this once and for all," Portnoy tweeted. "The pizza capital of the United States is New Haven, CT. Anybody who says otherwise is wrong."

For the uninitiated, Portnoy, through his "Barstool Sports" segment called "One Bite," goes to various pizza parlors throughout the country and grades their famous slices between 1-10.

The media personality, who has tasted over 500 different pizzas as of 2020, has made various trips to the New Haven, including notable visits to Sally's Apizza, which he gave a rare 9.2, and the original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, which earned an 8.5.

The declaration by Portnoy comes on the heels of an ongoing pizza war in the tri-state area that stemmed from two New Haven senators proposing a bill to have pizza named the official state food of Connecticut. If the bill is passed, pizza would be the first food-based item to be recognized by the state.

As expected, the news of the legislators' actions began to ripple through pop culture, with the likes of "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert commenting on the bill.

Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey even went to blows with Gov. Ned Lamont on Twitter last year as Lamont attempted to defend Connecticut's pizza supremacy from New Jersey following a twitter exchange over who the "pizza capital" of the United States is.

As of Feb. 15, no politicians or official Twitter accounts associated with either three of the states have responded to Portnoy's claim about New Haven. However, the degree of the fallout is unknown should Connecticut adopt pizza as its state food.

Outside of pizza reviews, Portnoy has been giving back to the local restaurant community during the pandemic through the Barstool Fund. The fund has currently raised $35.23M for restaurants throughout the country, including local spots like Laskara in Wallingford and the Red Rock Tavern in Hartford.