New Yorkers shocked by 'racist' 'pic-a-nika' pizza slice that has southern fried chicken and watermelon topping Morons!!! It's short for Picnic. There is nothing racist about it! If it was called Pic-A-Nigga I could see how they could make a case. A Manhattan pizzeria sparked a backlash from New Yorkers after proudly promoting a 'racist' pizza slice called 'Pic-a-nika' featuring southern fried chicken and watermelon as toppings. One regular customer was shocked when he visited Pizza by Certé, on 56th and Lexington Avenue, to see the display for August's 'pizza of the month'. He said the 'Pic-a-nika' - which was promoted by the company on Facebook and Twitter along with the hashtag #perfectsummerpizza - sounded 'very horrible' and branded it racist. Toppings on the 'Pic-a-nika' include southern fried chicken, sea-salted watermelon, baby arugula and it also features goat cheese, ricotta, and bleu cheese as well as a sunflower seed crust. 'I went there today and there was a new pizza that they are selling called 'pic-a-nika' which sounded very horrible when I read it,' the customer told PIX11. 'It was when I read the description, I knew that the name was in fact racist.' But the manager of the restaurant, Victor Guzman, defended the slice, adding that Pizza by Certé have no plans to change the name because it is based on an 'Italian pronunciation'. He told the news outlet that although they are aware of the problem, they will not be taking the item off the menu as it is one of their bestsellers. But New Yorkers were less than thrilled by the explanation, taking to the company's Twitter and Facebook pages to air their complaints. Jill Burger said: 'What on earth possessed you to create that racist dish you had posted not long ago?! Seriously, are you that insensitive? Clueless. She added: 'No excuses. That is unacceptable. I will be posting your nonsense to all of my hundreds of Facebook friends.' Yvonne Metiche added: 'Regarding the summer pizza topped with WATERMELON AND CHICKEN that you have dubbed 'pic-a-nika,' the explanation you've given is that this is the Italian pronunciation... you're lying. 'There is no such word, no such spelling. Just own up to the racist attitudes you're perpetrating.' Another person told PIX11: 'I guess it's saying pic-a-you-know-what and it looks like that - even though they spelled it differently.' One Twitter user wrote: 'U seriously need to change the name of that pizza it's offensive.' MailOnline has contacted Pizza by Certé for comment.