Hawaiian pizza, Panopoulos's invention
|Native name||Σωτήριος Πανοπούλος|
20 August 1934
Vourvoura, Peloponnese, Greece
|Died||8 June 2017
London, Ontario, Canada
|Occupation||Chef and businessman|
|Known for||Creator of Hawaiian pizza|
|Spouse(s)||Christina Panopoulos (m. 1967; his death 2017)|
With his brothers Elias and Nikitas, Panopoulos owned the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario. They offered typical American items such as burgers and fries and American Chinese dishes, some of which mix sweet and savoury flavours. In the early 1960s Panopoulos started offering pizzas, recently popular in the US. In 1962 he had the idea to add canned pineapple to pizza. This innovation (sometimes disputed) became popular with his customers, yet over time has also earned the disdain of pizza puritans.
In February 2017, when Iceland's President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson said that pineapple should be banned from pizza, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "I have a pineapple. I have a pizza. And I stand behind this delicious Southwestern Ontario creation."
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