Local foodie goes viral for pizza post; Responds to hundreds of comments putting down Columbus-style pies

Jack McLaughlin

The internet doesn’t have many rules, but here’s one we are aware of: You don’t make fun of Ohio pizza in front of Anthony O’Connell.

A Columbus foodie and content creator behind the 614Feast Instagram account and 614Feast podcast, O’Connell just so happened to post a video depicting a definitively Columbus-style pizza being cut into squares. 

The post quickly went viral (today it has over 150,000 likes), which attracted positive attention, but plenty of negative attention as well.

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O’Connell saw hundreds of comments from people taking issue with square-cut pizza (a hallmark of Columbus-style pies, which are also referred to as Midwestern, or tavern style).

“Whenever I go viral for tavern cut people are so offended by it. It’s wild,” O’Connell said. “It’s pretty much only if I go viral. If only my Columbus followers see it it’s usually fine. Maybe one or two comments. But if it gets significant reach people get so upset. Some funny / extreme comments (some of which I deleted).”

While there are far too many to list here, some of the negative comments he encountered include:

My Italian grandmother is spinning in her grave

I’d sue

I’m fighting if I get a tiny square slice

How do you eat it? I’m being serious how do you eat it with no crust?

School pizza party ass

The Columbus content creator was not in the mood to turn the other cheek at these insults. Instead, he decided to get his own hilarious version of revenge, and take a stand for Columbus-style pizzas as well. So what did he do? He personally responded–in most cases sarcastically–to every single negative comment about the way the pizza in his video was cut.

“I’m petty and I hate that overplayed hack joke,” he said with a laugh.

Some of O’Connell’s responses–which were typically sarcastic and focused on the commentators’ lack of originality–include:

You’re so funny, do standup comedy

oHiO bAd hahahaha yay

So funny and original

While O’Connell’s post did garner its fair share of negative attention, he shakes it off as just a typical consequence of the internet, and understands a large percentage of commenters aren’t totally serious. Most importantly, he said, the post–which cited three of his favorite local pizzerias in Cardo’s Pizza, Mama Nancy’s and Vick’s Gourmet–brought an enormous amount of exposure to three deserving local spots.

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