Why two CT lawmakers voted against pizza as a state food

HARTFORD — Among the lesser public policy issues to be debated at this year’s General Assembly are the joys of a charred crust a la New Haven, a Greek pie loaded with spinach and feta and any Another baked goods called pizza passed its first hurdle when a legislative committee approved a bill to designate the dish as Connecticut’s “state food.”

The legislation, which passed the state House of Representatives last year, died without action in the Senate. This year’s version, which heads next to the Senate, passed the Committee on Government Administration and Elections in a 17-2 vote on Wednesday.

The only opponents were conservative Republicans from Wolcott, State Senator Rob Sampson and Rep. Gale Mastrofrancesco, who reminded their colleagues that lawmakers have far bigger issues to consider than baked dough and its myriad toppings.

“I love pizza,” said Mastrofracesco, one of the panel’s top Republicans. “Who doesn’t like pizza? Last year when this bill came up to the (House) floor, I supported it, and then after that I started thinking about it and I say you know what, we are here a body of 187 people. Are we really the ones who decide what the food of the state is? There are what, 3.6 million people in the state? I think, did we ever do a survey to see what they like? If it was mine, I have pasta fagioli or macaroni or pasta to be the state food. Isn’t it No? With 187 people, should we really be making this decision for everyone in the state?