Homer Simpson, the famed beer and doughnut lover, is just about as close as a person can get—albeit a fictitious one—to being the veritable embodiment of gluttony. So it goes without saying he knows a thing or two about food, animated or not.
On Sunday, Homer enlightened the world about his pizza preferences during a "Simprovised" episode in which—for the first time in 27 seasons—Homer answered viewer questions, live—or as live as a cartoon character can be. After lobbing a few softballs, the questions got serious: Homer was asked this: Which is better, Chicago-style pizza or New York-style pizza?
And Chicago, Homer said, is the winner.
Naturally, Homer's rationale left a little to be desired in the logic department. "I prefer Chicago deep dish because I like Italian better than Chinese," Simpson explained.
Was Homer deflecting? Perhaps the real answer why Homer was so decisive about Chicago's superiority lies in this simple fact: Homer is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, a native of Oak Park, Illinois—a Chicago suburb.
Either that, or deep-dish pizza is just plain better in Homer's eyes.
In any event, the question was raised by George Quiroga—of Chicago. He told the that he's been a Simpsons fan since the late 80s and was pleased with the answer Homer gave him. Quiroga said, "Homer, we know, loves food. Knowing Dan Castellaneta is from Chicago… I targeted a question specifically that I thought would elicit a pretty funny response," he said. Quiroga also said it was worth trying 72 times to get through on the live call-in, and waiting on hold for 15 minutes. "He did not fail at all. Homer's answer was pretty hilarious," Quiroga said.
And now we know. Sorry, New York. At least you'll always be number one in our hearts.