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Looking for a Piece of the Obama Pie

The big cheese: Everybody wants a slice. (Julia Ewan/The Washington Post)

One day, historians will discover which pizza is Barack Obama's favorite. For the moment, Chicago's Italian Fiesta Pizzeria claims to be the president-elect's top pie -- and it's bringing samples to Washington tomorrow night.

"Right now, anything Obama is crazy," co-owner Patti Harris-Tubbs told us yesterday. Everyone wants a slice of history, which is why the Ritz-Carlton is flying in the pizza pros (and their homemade dough, sauce and toppings) for an inaugural preview promo.

The family-owned business, founded by her grandparents in the 1940s, has gotten a flood of publicity since the hotel came calling, but we wanted details: Favorite Obama topping; deep-dish or thin-crust; how long has he been a fan?

"No one has ever seen him in the restaurant," Harris-Tubbs admitted. (Then again, it's a modest take-out/delivery place.) Internet rumors of murky origins say the pizzeria is Obama's favorite, but direct evidence is hard to come by. Harris-Tubbs said her sister ran into the Obamas at a event over the summer and introduced herself as the Hyde Park pizza proprietress: "Michelle Obama said, 'Oh my God! It's our favorite pizza!' She said she grew up on it and was rewarded with Italian Fiesta for good grades in school."

True? Or just glib campaign chitchat? The Obama camp couldn't confirm the exchange, but the pizzeria is doing something right: Regulars dish out $18 for a large thin-crust; the place sells 700 to 800 pies on a busy night.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 19, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
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