Iceland's President Wishes He Could Ban Pineapple As Pizza Toppings

He's cheesed off.

Pineapple-topped pizzas leave the president of Iceland cold.

In fact, Gu冒ni Th. J贸hannesson says if he could, he鈥檇 pass a law banning pineapple from being used as pizza topping in his country.

J贸hannesson made the saucy comments to a group of high school students in the town of Akureyri, according to Iceland magazine,

One of the students asked J贸hannesson his opinion on this cheesy topic and he didn鈥檛 mince words, according to Visier, an Icelandic language news website.

The president told the student he was firmly opposed to pineapple on pizzas. He added, perhaps with a tongue in his cheek (not a pineapple), that it is only the fact that he鈥檚 not allowed to pass laws that is keeping him from banning it entirely.

Iceland president Gu冒ni Th. J贸hannesson says he hates pineapple as a pizza topping and wishes he could ban it.
Iceland president Gu冒ni Th. J贸hannesson says he hates pineapple as a pizza topping and wishes he could ban it.
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He later clarified he doesn鈥檛 hate pineapple all the time, just on pizza.

J贸hannesson鈥檚 willingness to stick his neck out on a serious issue, no matter the consequences, is earning him support in some pizza-eating quarters.

For the record, pineapple-topped pizza originated not in Honolulu, but in London, Ontario, according to Atlas Obscura.

Back in 1962, restaurant owner Sam Panopoulos decided to mix ham with canned pineapple on his pie to see how it would taste.

鈥淧eople said 鈥榊ou are crazy to do this,鈥欌 Panopoulos told the website. To the surprise of many, it became a hit.

J贸hannesson鈥檚 issues against pineapple gets sympathy from Giacomo Pizzigoni, who owns Ambrogio15 pizzeria in San Diego.

鈥淚 feel chefs should be free to experiment, but I think pineapple is a horrible topping for pizza,鈥 he told HuffPost by email. 鈥淚t is extremely sweet, and what鈥檚 worse is that it is served over tomato sauce. Red sauce does not go well with sweet ingredients.

Steve Green, who publishes pizza industry magazine PMQ, doesn鈥檛 understand why pineapple pizza gets the Icelandic president so cheesed off.

鈥淏eing against pineapple pizza is like being against Santa Claus,鈥 Green told the Huffington Post. 鈥淭here鈥檚 really nothing that won鈥檛 work on a pizza.鈥

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