‘It’s not a sandwich’: Pizza shop owner defends his pizza-filled sandwiches

By PETER PETERSCHER/Staff reporterA pizza-packed sandwich at a pizza shop in New York’s Bronx has become a symbol of America’s growing pizza-lover movement.

As many as 2 million people have signed an online petition asking New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban pizza sandwiches from state-operated parks, playgrounds, and playgrounds in the state.

“It’s disgusting that we’ve got pizza-lovers who are using it as a weapon,” said Paul, a 30-year-old from Queens who declined to give his last name.

He said his family has grown accustomed to eating a pizza on Mondays and Wednesdays, and now he wants the state to prohibit it from New York state parks and playground areas.

“We don’t want to be in a situation where our children are being treated like this,” Paul said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to take action against the pizzeria owners.

“We have no choice,” he said in a statement on Monday.

“This is not just a citywide issue, this is an issue for every state.”

“It is the most outrageous attack on our residents, and a blatant attempt to discriminate against them,” de Blasio said.

“The mayor of New York City will not tolerate this type of blatant and illegal discrimination.”

In the Bronx, Paul said, he doesn’t care if his kids are being bullied, but he wants New York State to take a stand against pizza-loving pizza-slingers.

“I want them to realize that New York is not a safe city,” he told VICE News.

“This is a way to take advantage of our state and our community.”

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