Sam „Pizza Hawaii“ Panopoulos R.I.P.

Sam Panopoulos, Erfinder der Pizza Hawaii, ist im Alter von 83 Jahren gestorben.

Ich bin der Ananas mit Käse nicht abgeneigt und meine Mutti war süchtig danach, ihre Monodiät bestand praktisch aus Pizza Hawaii und Toast Hawaii und ich habe da so oft genug mitgefuttert, dass ich Herrn Panopoulos wohl echt dankbar sein muss für meinen formidablen Pizzageschmack.

Mach's gut Sam, und danke für die ganze Ananas!

The man credited with inventing the Hawaiian pizza, triggering endless debate around the world about the legitimacy of pineapple on the Italian staple, has died aged 83. […]

His most famous creation would result from an experiment: one day Panopoulos decided to put tinned pineapple on a pizza to find out how it would taste. “We just put it on, just for the fun of it, see how it was going to taste,” he told the BBC earlier this year. “We were young in the business and we were doing a lot of experiments.”

He and his brothers liked the contrast between the sweetness of the pineapple and the savoury flavour of the ham. “We tried it first, [then] passed it to some customers. And a couple of months later, they’re going crazy about it, so we put it on the menu.”

It was called the Hawaiian after the brand of tinned pineapple used. At the time pizza toppings were usually limited to mushrooms, bacon and pepperoni, Panopoulos said.

The question of whether pineapple is desirable – or should even be allowed – on a pizza erupted once more in February when the president of Iceland told high school students in a Q&A that he was “fundamentally opposed” to the idea. A week later Guðni Jóhannesson clarified his views on the subject in a Facebook post: “I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.”