The History of Hawaiian Pizza

Sep 11, 2019

The infamous Hawaiian pizza –  the pizza that combines juicy pineapple and ham. The pizza that divides the pizza community. Pineapple on pizza has caused controversy among pizza lovers since the dawn of pizza. Let’s take a look at this controversial pizza pie. 

Iceland’s president, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has said that he was “fundamentally opposed” to pineapple on pizzas. The president then went further, saying that if he could, he would ban the topping. 

Where did this controversial style of pizza get its start? Despite its namesake, the Hawaiin Pizza wasn’t created in Hawaii or by a native of the island. This pizza originates in Ontario Canada. It was created by Sam Panopoulos, a Greece born pizza maker who moved to Canada when he was 20. His team had been experimenting and thought “why not?”. To their surprise, Panopoulos and his brother fell in love with the contrast of pineapple’s sweetness with ham’s saltiness and the Hawaiian Pizza was born. 

Whether you love it or hate it pineapple is a part of Domenic’s &Vinnie’s menu at all three CT locations. You can create your own Hawaiian Pizza and decide for yourself which side of the Pineapple on Pizza debate you stand on. We also have other toppings if the pineapple isn’t your thing (as we mention it’s a polarizing topping). With fresh ingredients inspired by the authentic Italian pizzerias of our ancestors, you know you’ll have the best pizza in Connecticut here at Domenic’s & Vinnie’s. 

Pineapple on Hawaiian Pizza