In fact, the 72-year-old actor had eaten pizza many times before but this, he said, was the first time he had eaten it by the slice. Really?
Yes, it was Stewart's first corner store slice, but "People misunderstood," Stewart explained to New York Magazine. "There was a school of thought that I had eaten my first pizza, but of course how could that possibly be true? I would have had to have stayed locked up in a cellar.
"I would go in and order a pizza and eat a whole pizza. It was the concept of the slice that I had never encountered before," he said.
"I was only eating the slice because my fiancée and I were a little hung-over and she said what we need is pizza and a soothing drink — and she was right," Stewart added. "It solved the problem. But, in fact, it was my first slice, and when it was brought over to me, my first comment was 'There's no knife and fork.' Of course, I was mocked for thinking that I could eat a pizza slice with a knife and fork."
Luckily, Ozell, 38 years his junior, was on-hand to show Stewart the proper, hands-on method to tackle the slab of carbohydrates.
"I was instructed — because I was getting myself into a real mess — to do the fold, the classic New York fold technique, which we illustrated in the photograph," he continued.