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New England Aquarium agrees it’s not known for pizza after Rob Delaney tweets about it

People wait in line to get into the New England Aquarium in this 2015 file photo. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff, file

Maybe he should have tried the fish instead.

After comedian Rob Delaney on Friday playfully commented on the Italian cuisine at the New England Aquarium’s cafeteria, the organization conceded that while it’s not known for serving up world-renowned pizza, it does have some other perks lurking in its tanks.

In a tongue-in-cheek tweet, Delaney, a Marblehead native, seemingly joked that he tries to stay positive on Twitter, but when it came to the pizza at the New England Aquarium cafeteria, he couldn’t hold back: It’s “not excellent,” he said.

While it wasn’t entirely clear if Delaney was even at the aquarium on Friday morning around 9 a.m. — arguably an odd time to eat cafeteria pizza, some might say — officials from the harborfront attraction felt compelled to respond, even if they technically didn’t disagree with him on the subject.


“We’re not known for our pizza . . . ” the Aquarium said in a tweet, “but you CAN get to know a massive sea turtle and watch dozens of penguins up close! Thanks for visiting!”

The New England Aquarium, located at Central Wharf, is home to the Harbor View Café, a restaurant space with “floor-to-ceiling windows” that look out at the city skyline and “a variety of burgers, pizzas, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, beverages, and snacks.” They even have seafood, according to the aquarium’s website.

This is the second time this week that the aquarium has had to respond to an inquiry that wasn’t strictly about its abundance of marine wildlife.

Since the movie “Aquaman” opened recently, New England Aquarium staff have been fielding questions about the tanks featured in an early scene of the film, when the young superhero-to-be gets bullied at the “Boston Aquarium” and calls on a shark to scare them off.


But, as aquarium officials have been telling guests, “Aquaman” was shot mainly in Australia — not at the actual New England Aquarium.

“That location is not a tank here,” said Tony LaCasse, a spokesman for the aquarium.

According to a post on the Comedy Studio’s Instagram account, Delaney was a “special guest” at the Somerville venue Thursday night.

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