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.

Pineapple as a pizza topping divides opinion: Hawaiian was the most popular pizza in Australia in 1999, accounting for 15% of pizza sales,[1] and a 2015 review of independent UK takeaways operating through Just Eat found the Hawaiian pizza to be the most commonly available.[2] A 2016 survey of US adults however had pineapple in the top three least favourite pizza toppings, behind anchovies and mushrooms.[3]


Canadian Sam Panopoulos claims that he created the first Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962. [4][5]

In Germany, Hawaiian pizza is thought to be a variation of the ham, pineapple and cheese topped Toast Hawaii, originally introduced by Germany's first TV cook Clemens Wilmenrod in 1955.[6][7][8]

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!"
  • In 2017 the President of Iceland suggested lightheartedly that pineapple as a pizza topping should be banned by law.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Steve Green (1999), PMQ GOES TO AUSTRALIA, Pizza Marketing Quarterly, Last accessed 7 February 2017
  2. ^ Scott, Patrick (17 September 2015). "Top ten most popular pizzas in the UK revealed - is your favourite on the list?". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Birth, Allyssa (23 February 2016). "Pepperoni Tops Americans' List of Favorite Pizza Toppings". The Harris Poll. Harris Interactive. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Bob Boughner (26 June 2010), Aloha! Hawaiian pizza born in Chatham?, The Chatham Daily News Last accessed 7 February 2017
  5. ^ Geoff Turner (14 July 2010), Canadian invented the Hawaiian pizza, Toronto Sun/Sun Media Last accessed 7 February 2017
  6. ^ Driesner, Heidi (24 January 2015). ""Toast Hawaii" wird 60" (in German). n-tv. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Foede, Petra (4 February 2011). "Es gibt keinen Toast auf Hawaii" (in German). Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Ganz, Rabea (5 August 2013). "Herrn Paulsens Deutschstunde: Toast Hawaii" (in German). Effilee. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "President of Iceland announces that he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping". Iceland Magazine. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.