— 5 Jun 2023, 09:23 by Oliver Kverndal
THE GREEN: GOODFELLA'S UNVEILS THE UK'S MOST SCANDALOUS CRIMES AGAINST PIZZA
This week we welcomed Goodfella’s Pizza on The Green at BOXPARK Shoreditch as they delivered a clever PR stunt by punishing a serial pizza offender for committing sins against the holy slice!
New research from Goodfella’s Pizza reveals seven of the deadliest pizza sins including eating pizza cold, dipping it in ketchup and using a knife and fork; whilst pizza bug bears have led to arguments with friends, avoiding people and even splitting up with a partner.
Goodfella’s and The Godmother straps man to gigantic billboard for disrespecting pizza Goodfella’s, the UK’s leading thin-based frozen pizza brand and whose pizzas are famously ‘made with respect’ on Italian stone, left passers-by stunned yesterday by strapping a man to a gigantic billboard for disrespecting pizza.
It comes as a new study by the brand revealed the nation’s preferred pizza passions, and in doing so they have unearthed some of the UK’s biggest crimes against pizza which they’re ready to call out - in the name of respect.
Pizza lovers gathered in BOX Park Shoreditch to take pictures and videos of the billboard as the Goodfella’s’ Godmother put on a display, warning Brits of the consequences of disrespecting pizza.
- Soggy crust (23%)
- Burnt crust (16%)
- Not enough cheese/No cheese (15%)
- Eating it with a knife and fork (12%)
- Eating it cold (11%)
- White base pizza with no tomato (10%)
- Dipping it in ketchup (9%)
When it comes to toppings; vegetables on pizza and Four Seasons-style toppings are ranked bottom of the pile for favourite pizza toppings. Other unpopular toppings include anchovies, pineapple, and tuna, with nearly half (49%) of the nation agreeing all three toppings are ‘a crime against pizza’.
Another pizza topping up for debate is banana, following a Roscoe’s Pizza Facebook post that went viral after the restaurant claimed it to be a bestseller despite the questionable flavour combination. The post has over 3,300 comments with some declaring it as their ‘favourite’ and others adding ‘This made me cry and I like pineapple on pizza’. But it’s certainly piqued the nations interest as Google Trends shows a 300% increase in search for ‘banana curry pizza’ over the past year.
Whilst it was a tough call between the nation’s favourite pizza base, Thin took the win as it received majority of the votes (34%), compared to the Deep Pan (26%) and Classic base (24%).
But it’s not just the pizza base that has the nation divided; another topic of debate is how we eat pizza. With 1 in 8 saying eating a pizza with a knife and fork is a crime but a further 1 in 7 admit to doing so regularly. Whilst 1 in 7 admit to folding their pizza when eating it, just 1 in 20 think it’s one of the biggest crimes you can commit.
These ‘crimes’ aren’t something to be sniffed at as the study showed over a quarter (27%) of respondents said they would either be concerned about their compatibility or would feel less attracted to a partner if they committed ‘a crime against pizza’. A further 28% admit their pizza bug bears have caused arguments with friends (10%), avoiding someone (10%) and even splitting up with a partner (8%).
Commenting on the findings, Sam Dolan, Head of Marketing for Goodfella’s said: “We all know pizza is personal, but some take it too far and Goodfella’s has had enough. Goodfella’s has been making pizzas with the upmost respect for 30 years. So, we know what makes a good pizza and what most definitely doesn’t.
“We’re hereby taking action on ‘crimes’ committed against pizza and are here to call out any moment of disrespect towards pizza. Demonstrating the consequences of what happens when you disrespect it, courtesy of our, family matriarch, The Godmother.
 Censuswide, 2000 respondents May 2023 – Goodfellas Survey
 Censuswide, 2000 respondents May 2023 - Q3. What, if anything, do you consider to be the biggest `crimes` against pizza? (excluding toppings)
“All crimes against pizza will be punished. You’ve been warned.”