Hawaiian pizza

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Close-up view of a Hawaiian pan pizza

Hawaiian pizza is a pizza that usually consists of a cheese and tomato base with pieces of ham and pineapple. Often versions will have mixed peppers, mushrooms and bacon. Another variety consists of pineapple and Canadian bacon[1] or American Bacon. It is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales. [2]


Despite its name, Hawaiian pizza is not a Hawaiian invention but Canadian. Sam Panopoulos claims that he created the first Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962. A co-owner of the Satellite Restaurant at that time - along with his brother, Nick Panopoulos - Sam and his brother were business partners for approximately 50 years. The brothers would later build on the popularity of the Hawaiian Pizza and begin serving their next creation - the Hawaiian Burger.[3][4][5]

Cultural references[edit]

  • In the 2010 reboot of Hawaii Five-O, the character Danny Williams rants to Steve McGarrett about how "pizza and pineapple do not belong in the same airspace".
  • In the 2015 animated film Inside Out, after seeing a slice of broccoli and goat cheese pizza, the character Anger shouts "Congratulations, San Francisco, you ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians, and now you!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Papa Murphy's, The Hawaiian Pizza
  2. ^ Steve Green,PMQ GOES TO AUSTRALIA, Pizza Marketing Quarterly [1] Last accessed 13 December 2006
  3. ^ Sarah DiGregorio, Do Hawaiians Eat Hawaiian Pizza? Plus, a Little History, The Village Voice [2] Last accessed 9 October 2016
  4. ^ Bob Boughner, Aloha! Hawaiian pizza born in Chatham?, The Chatham Daily News [3] Last accessed on July 14, 2010
  5. ^ Geoff Turner, Canadian invented the Hawaiian pizza, Toronto Sun/Sun Media [4] Last accessed on July 14, 2010