His name was Sam Panopoulos. The Greek-Canadian restaurant owner concocted what quickly became a global sensation back in 1962.
He was given official credit when he added pineapple chunks and ham on a pizza pie at his restaurant.
According to TMZ, its popularity spread and remains to this day a staple, but there’s arguably equal disdain for the ham/pineapple combination.
Earlier this year, Iceland’s President suggested banning pineapple on pizzas.
Sam died unexpectedly in a hospital in Ontario. He was 83.
I am an outspoken fan of Hawaiian pizza, so I decided to celebrate Sam’s legacy last night during the Cavs game. It didn’t bring much luck, but damn, did it taste good.