Joon Lee / Edge columnist

Pizza was invented in Italy 18th or early 19th century. And pizza has spread all over the world in various flavours and shapes so far. Many people like pizza, but there is a controversial pizza among these pizzas.

Hawaiian pizza, also known as Pineapple pizza. But why this pizza is a controversial food? To explain about this, first we need to know about history of Hawaiian pizza.

Readers may think it was invented in Hawaii because of the name Hawaiian pizza. But Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada.

In Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962 by Sam Panopoulus. He inspired in a part by his experience preparing Chinese dishes which commonly mix sweet and savory flavors, He experimented with adding pineapple, ham, bacon and other toppings on the pizza dough.

But this occurs a huge argument for peoples in the world. The people were divided into two. One side is that Hawaiian pizza is delicious and the other side is that it is not tasty. Some celebrities are in to this argument. Among them, popular chef Gordon Ramsay said “This isn’t a pizza. This is a mistake.”

On the other hand, Dwayne Johnson said “As for my pizza toppings – keep in mind, I’m the guy who likes to put tequila and brown sugar in my oatmeal, so pineapple on pizza is MY JAM – with ham.”

Gleneagle student Vincent Chung Grade 10 said “Putting taste aside, I think pineapple pizza is straight up disrespect to Italian culture. It won’t be a surprise if this leads to diplomatic conflict between Italy and USA. This is comparable to putting sushi in a burger.”

There is someone who has done some experiments on this. One person tried prank in Italy to give them a Hawaiian pizza, and most of the people expressed disgust. And they also get angry for that.

As student and the prank said, pineapple pizza is disrespectful for Italian culture, but it isn’t  bad for new attempts like put pineapples on a pizza as times change.

People may never agree that the pineapple on pizza is okay, but it’s more important that everyone has to eat what they want because they like it.

Actually, author prefer to eat Hawaiian pizza.


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