Hawaiian pizza

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Hawaiian pizza with pineapple chunks
A slice of Hawaiian pan pizza

Hawaiian pizza, also known as pineapple pizza, is a pizza topped with tomato sauce, cheese, pineapple, and ham.


Greek Sam Panopoulos claimed that he created the first Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962. Inspired in part by his experience preparing Chinese dishes which commonly mix sweet and savoury flavours, Panopoulos experimented with adding pineapple, ham, bacon and other toppings which were not initially very popular.[1][2][3][4][5] The addition of pineapple to the traditional mix of tomato sauce and cheese, sometimes with ham or sometimes with bacon, soon became popular locally and eventually became a staple offering of pizzerias around the world.[6] Panopoulos chose the name Hawaiian after the brand of canned pineapple they used.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

In popular media[edit]

In February 2017, the president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, reportedly told a group of high school students during a Q&A that he was fundamentally opposed to pineapple on pizza. He added that he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping if he could, as long as he received 30% of the under 21 vote. His off-the-cuff remark generated a flurry of media coverage and inspired those who liked and disliked Hawaiian pizza to express their opinions on social media. Celebrities shared their preferences on the matter,[11][12][13][14] including Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau.[15][16] Panopoulos, at that point retired from the restaurant business, was called upon by some media outlets to defend his creation.[4][17] Guðni later clarified that he did not have the power to ban particular toppings on pizza and would not like to live in a country where the leader could ban anything he or she did not like.[18]

In 2009, The argument on the internet started with the hatred of Hawaiian pizza in the social media, and also being their least favorite toppings.[19]

In 2014, Time magazine listed Hawaiian pizza #13 on its list of "The 13 Most Influential Pizzas of All Time".[20][21]


Hawaiian was the most popular pizza in Australia in 1999, accounting for 15% of pizza sales,[22]

A 2015 review of independent UK takeaways operating through Just Eat found the Hawaiian pizza to be the most commonly available.[23]

A 2016 Harris Poll survey of US adults had pineapple in the top three least favorite pizza toppings, ahead of anchovies and mushrooms.[24]

According to a 2019 YouGov Omnibus survey, 12% of Americans who eat pizza say that pineapple is one of their top three favorite pizza toppings, and 24% say that pineapple is one of their least favorite toppings. Only two ingredients were more widely disliked in the survey, anchovies and eggplant.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dan Nosowitz (4 June 2015), "Meet the 81-Year-Old Greek-Canadian Inventor of the Hawaiian Pizza". accessed 19 May 2017
  2. ^ Bob Boughner (26 June 2010), Aloha! Hawaiian pizza born in Chatham? Archived 2012-07-22 at Archive.today, The Chatham Daily News. Accessed 7 February 2017
  3. ^ Geoff Turner (14 July 2010), Canadian invented the Hawaiian pizza, Toronto Sun/Sun Media. Accessed 7 February 2017
  4. ^ a b Helen Mann (February 21, 2017), Canadian inventor of Hawaiian pizza defends pineapple after Iceland's president disses fruit topping, CBC As It Happens. Accessed 19 May 2017
  5. ^ Helen Mann (February 21, 2017), Canadian inventor of the Hawaiian defends pineapple after Iceland prez sneers at fruit on pizza, CBC Radio Interview As It Happens. Accessed 19 May 2017
  6. ^ Devon Scoble (April 5, 2016). "The History of Hawaiian Pizza". FoodNetwork.ca.
  7. ^ MAHITA GAJANAN (June 11, 2017). "The Man Who Invented Hawaiian Pizza Has Died". Time.
  8. ^ Driesner, Heidi (24 January 2015). ""Toast Hawaii" wird 60" (in German). n-tv. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  9. ^ Foede, Petra (4 February 2011). "Es gibt keinen Toast auf Hawaii" (in German). Frankfurter Rundschau. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  10. ^ Ganz, Rabea (5 August 2013). "Herrn Paulsens Deutschstunde: Toast Hawaii" (in German). Effilee. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  11. ^ Jimmy Kimmel (Mar 8, 2017). Jimmy Kimmel Settles the Pineapple Pizza Debate. Jimmy Kimmel Live – via YouTube.
  12. ^ Larimer, Sarah (4 March 2017). "The pizza guy's at the door. And he looks a lot like Alexander Ovechkin". The Washington Post.
  13. ^ Larimer, Sarah (3 March 2017). "Capitals' Ovechkin delivers pizza, says his favorite kind is Hawaiian". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Fecteau, Jessica (8 May 2017). "Is Pineapple Acceptable on Pizza? Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and More Celebs Weigh In". Time Inc.
  15. ^ Trudeau, Justin (Feb 24, 2017). "I have a pineapple. I have a pizza. And I stand behind this delicious Southwestern Ontario creation. #TeamPineapple @Canada". Retrieved Jan 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Pant, Priyanka (26 February 2017). "When It Comes To Pizza Toppings, Canada's PM Justin Trudeau Is #TeamPineapple". NDTV.
  17. ^ Shreve, Ellwood (February 24, 2017). "Hawaiian pizza just part of story". Chatham Daily News. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  18. ^ Jon Henley (21 February 2017). "Iceland's president forced to clarify views on pineapple pizza ban". The Guardian.
  19. ^ "In theory, pineapple on pizza is easy to hate". The Columbian.
  20. ^ Sarah Begley (May 5, 2014). "The 13 Most Influential Pizzas of All Time". Time (magazine).
  21. ^ Carman, Tim (April 23, 2019). "Pineapple on pizza is easy to hate — at least in theory". Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  22. ^ Steve Green (1999). PMQ Goes to Australia, Pizza Marketing Quarterly, Last accessed 7 February 2017
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ Birth, Allyssa (23 February 2016). "Pepperoni Tops Americans' List of Favorite Pizza Toppings". The Harris Poll. Harris Interactive. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  25. ^ Jamie Ballard. "Does pineapple belong on a pizza?". today.yougov.com. YouGov. Archived from the original on 2019-04-21.

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