Hawaiian pizza inventor saw it become global sensation

by Wade Massey June 11, 2017, 0:54
Hawaiian pizza inventor saw it become global sensation

Jóhannesson told high school students that he was "fundamentally opposed" to putting pineapple on a pizza and planned to ban the topping in his country.

The inventor of one of the more controversial dishes in the world died Thursday in Canada at the age of 83: Sam Panopoulos, the man who put pineapple on pizza.

Panopoulos, along with his brother, are credited with being the first people to put pineapple on a pizza at their Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, in 1954.

He ran a number of restaurants over the years with his brothers Elias and Nikitas in different Ontario cities Ontario - always serving his "Hawaiian" pizza.

Last February, the dish became the target of ridicule by Iceland's president, Guoni Johannesson.

"Along the way, we threw some pineapples on it and nobody liked it at first", he said. But after that, they went insane about it.

Mr Panapoulos was an "unforgettable personality" and "respected by many for providing strong and dependable advice, and for his exceedingly generous nature", according to his obituary.

But while pineapple on pizza has its supporters, it has picked up some notable detractors.

A fan even sent an order of Hawaiian pizza to the Icelandic Embassy in London with a message attached: "Long live the pineapple pizza". Because those days nobody was mixing candies and sours and all that. "It was plain, plain food". "Fiercely loyal and protective, his candid and frank sense of humour, his booming laugh and blunt honesty will be missed by his family, friends, former employees and customers".

Others soon began experimenting, Panopoulos said, going beyond the traditional pepperoni, bacon and mushroom toppings to include salmon, green peppers, onions or "whatever you wanted".

Panopoulos is survived by his wife of 50 years, Christina Panopoulos, as well as two children and grandchildren.


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