Sam Panopoulos, the Greek-Canadian restaurateur who said he was the first person to put pineapple on pizza, has died at 83.
Panopoulos is on record as saying that he built the very first Hawaiian pizza in 1962, at Chatham Ontario’s Satellite Restaurant, but some people dispute that: there are suggestions that the fruity pie was invented in Australia, and others claim it evolved from a German dish of ham, cheese and pineapple on toast.
In any case, the pineapple-y delight is nothing if not contentious: back in February, none other than Iceland’s president Guoni Johannesson set off a massive firestorm of online pearl-clutching when he flung massive shade, telling some school kids that pineapple does not belong on pizza, and even suggested that it should be banned. Among those who came to the defense of the Hawaiian pizza was Justin Trudeau.
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