This week in the lifestyle supplement of Haven Courier, we aim to try and solve the age old problem of whether pineapple belongs on pizza or not. The debate having been brought to a head in our local community with the opening of two new pizzerias on the north side: Luigi's and Marios.
Marios is a little more traditional as you might expect from a pizzeria claiming to be pineapple free, while Luigi embraces it's hipster vibe and boldly and proudly shows off it's pineapples.
A Greek immigrant by the name of Sotirios "Sam" Panopoulosis widely thought to have been the inventor of the Hawaiian pizza in 1962 and died not understanding why his creation caused so much controversy. And I admit, I do sympathise with the guy. Most do not think twice about tacos al pastor or spit roast pork with rings of grilled pineapple.
In a recent survey conducted by Time Magazine, a number of pineapple on pizza haters, lovers and a smattering of those in between were brought together for a taste testing. And remarkably, the majority of those that came in with strong claims of dislike, found themselves enjoying it, and making comments like: "I was worried this would happen. This is actually pretty good," and "This isn't as bad as I remembered tasting."
It seems that much of the hatred for pineapples on pizza has come about not from a genuine dislike of the taste, but rather another bandwagon for people to jump on and dislike each other for, brought about by memes and internet videos. A safe way to bond together as a tribe over a mutual dislike for an inanimate object.
But as well, some people have been burned by poor execution of it, where thick chunks of sugary sweet pineapple have been dumped on strips of ham and cheese. The truth of the matter is, if you hit that amazing cosmic balance between salty, sweet and savoury elements, pineapple pizza isn't just good. It's pretty bloody amazing.
With Valentines Day just under a month away...
... it's time to start thinking about what to get the woman, man or goat in your life. And what better way to show them just how special they are to you than a bottle of exquisite perfume from The Fragrant Tree?
And our top three picks? For men, Myrrh and Tonka by Jo Malone. For women, Viper Green by Ex Nihilo and for your favourite goat in your life? Fucking Fabulous by Tom Ford of course.
The Fragrant Tree: 63 Beech Street, Haven.
By Sua Swann