Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Man Who Says He Was First to Put Pineapple on Pizza Dies at 83

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Man Who Says He Was First to Put Pineapple on Pizza Dies at 83

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Man who says he invented Hawaiian pizza dies at 83

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LONDON, Ont. - The Greek-Canadian man who said he was the first to put pineapple on pizza has died at the age of 83.

According to an obituary by his family, Sam Panopoulos had been in hospital in London, Ont., when he died suddenly on Thursday.

Panopoulos was born in Greece and emigrated to Canada in 1954, where he and his two brothers operated a number of restaurants.

Over the years, he told various media outlets that he made the first Hawaiian pizza in 1962 at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ont., after deciding that chunks of canned pineapple might make a tasty topping.

But his claim to pineapple on pizza isn't undisputed -- some people on some websites suggested the dish was invented in Australia, while others still say it sprung from a German dish of ham, cheese and pineapple on toast. …

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