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Trump & Palin Dining on "Pizza"


Did anyone else see the report on the news today of Trump and Palin dining on pizza? They chose La Famiglia. Of all the pizza places in NYC, I can't fathom why they chose this place. Granted, it is in Times Square, but my guess is Trump owed someone a favor. On the Ch 4 News report they showed a few shots of their slice. Donald took his plastic fork and lifted what looked like plastic cheese off of a cardboard crust. The newscaster commented that Melania "was not very hungry". I wonder why? If I were a PR person for NYC I'd be really upset having our great pizza portrayed in this manner.

    1. Dunno. Trashy people eating shitty food? Works for me.

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      1. They ate their pizzas with a knife and fork. Says it all.

        1. I don't think the Donald puts as much thought into his meals as the average Chowhounder. But then again, I don't think we put as much thought into self-promotion as the average publicity hound. La Famiglia is convenient, located not far from the networks with enough space that the families and entourage would not inconvenience patrons and large streetside windows that would provide the perfect frame for earned media. These media factors probably far outweighed any culinary points. That said, La Famiglia isn't very good, but also isn't atypical of the average slice, most of which isn't worth eating either.

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          1. re: JungMann

            I've heard more than once that he eats his steak cooked well done and served with ketchup, no matter what the restaurant or cut of meat. That says it all about his tastes in food, IMO.

          2. La Famiglia was featured in the first episode of this last season of Celebrity Apprentice. The teams had to run a pizza place for a few hours. One of the locations was in Times Square, the other was near NYU. The owner appeared in a few clips and donated a bunch of money to the winning project manager's charity at the end of the task. (I'm a fan of the show; so sue me.) Clearly, he maintains a relationship with the company, so this was probably just another chance for him to give them some publicity. I'm sure they'll do something nice for him in return.

            1. Ugh on the pizza, and the rest of the equation as well.

              1. I am sure she would have preferred to Kill-And-Grill a caribou, but I suspect you would have frowned on that too.


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                1. re: DoobieWah

                  Maybe if she ever gets together with Mark Zuckerberg they can go hunting together.

                2. Yeah, I never thought either of them would be 'hounds. Now, however, I'd bet Chris Christie has a map of Manhattan "by the slice" sewn into his blazer, "just in case he finds himself on that side of the river."

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                  1. re: MGZ

                    If the Star Ledger still does the Munch Mobile, I wouldn't mind seeing a tour based on his favorite places.

                    1. re: viperlush

                      They still do it, though I'm not sure that's on the agenda.

                    2. re: MGZ

                      Your post has had me laughing out loud for ten minutes...

                      1. re: chowdom

                        Just think, half a day later, I could have gone with "just in case his copter pilot 'inadvertently' lands on the wrong side of the river."

                    3. Everyone -

                      Do NOT miss the Daily Show treatment of this story (from tonight, Thursday June 1). Not only by far the most Chowhoundish segment ever on the show, but Jon Stewart's palpable rage at Trump for choosing this crappy pizza and eating it with a FORK fer crissakes is pure catharsis. Should be up on http://www.thedailyshow.com later this morning. REally, don't miss it.

                      Edit: here's the link (thanks, Pitu!):

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                      1. re: Jim Leff

                        I saw that. Spot on as usual. I love how Palin was crowing to her kid about having had "real NY pizza," while Jon showed that this is a crappy chain that has stores in airport food courts. Some NY pizza.

                        1. re: Jim Leff

                          That was terrific. Thanks.

                          1. re: Jim Leff

                            Thanks for the link, it was great.

                            1. re: Jim Leff

                              It was brilliant! Stewart at his best...sounds like my NYC cousins, in a good way.

                                1. re: Jim Leff

                                  Finally got a chance to see this. OM <beep> G


                                2. There are no two people in the world that I care less about what they eat. But it would not surprise me to see a quote from the resigned Alaska governor, something to the effect of, "I LOVE having pizza in New York City! It's SO much easier than going to Israel for it!"

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                                  1. re: Fydeaux

                                    OMG, i laughed so hard on this one, thanks!

                                    1. re: Fydeaux


                                      I Love this quote.
                                      "Based on how you eat pizza, Donald, I want to see your long-form birth certificate. I don't think you were really born in New York."


                                      1. re: Fydeaux

                                        Good one!

                                        Although it would most likely be 'havin'' and 'goin''

                                      2. This just reminds me of when Michael Scott (The Office) went to NYC and was doing a talking head about how he can't wait to go to his favorite place for NYC pizza and the camera pans up to the Sbarro store that he's walking into. Some people are just clueless. At least that was a made up character.

                                        1. Folks, there doesn't seem to be much to say here besides bashing on Trump and Palin for things that have little to do with food. We're going to lock this thread up now.