The new Netflix series "Emily in Paris" has Chicago's full attention—but not in a good way. The 10-episode season follows its titular character, Emily Cooper (played by Lily Collins), a Chicago marketing executive who's landed her dream job in Paris. Along the way, Emily and other characters seem to find joy in talking shit (pardon our French) about the city of Chicago, slinging insults at Cubs fans, suburban malls and—perhaps most infamously—deep dish pizza.
During one scene in particular, Emily is chatting with her new boss and the company's founder about the saucy specialty. When the founder describes deep dish pizza as a "quiche made of cement," Emily responds: "Oh no, you must have gone to Lou Malnati's."
The 49-year-old pizzeria did not take kindly to the negative commentary, sharing a press release today titled "Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Is Not A Fan of New Netflix Series 'Emily In Paris.'" In the official statement, Lou's admits that it's up for "good-natured banter with pizza lovers from New York or California" but that it took offense to the series' disparaging language during these difficult times.
"We've been serving Chicago's favorite deep dish since 1971. When Netflix’s 'Emily in Paris' writers chose to take a shot at Chicagoans and our pizza to try to get a laugh, it felt heartless and not humorous in the midst of COVID-19,” explains owner Marc Malnati. To counteract any hard feelings, Lou's is offering $5 off four- and six-packs of pizzas through online retailer Tastes of Chicago—just enter code "TCXCHISTRONG" at checkout through October 14 to cash in.
While deep dish is certainly a divisive delicacy, we're siding with Lou's on this one: We don't like anyone talking crap on our city.
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