"This is part of New York. You can’t take away the slice of pizza from the city of New York and the culinary history of this town. It’s part and parcel of who we are. And it’s nondiscriminatory. We have all types of guys who come in here. “Gimme a slice of this! Gimme a slice of that! I want a slice now!” It’s just who we are, and this is the world that we’ve created. So there are the guys that say, “I’ll have 10 pizzas to go,” and the guys that say, “Gimme a slice!” like a little poor urchin like in David Copperfield. But, instead of porridge, it’s “Gimme a slice, please.” We’ve satisfied the need, and Patsy was the master at this, of what the people needed."
Patsy’s Pizza, East Harlem