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Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jeff B » Wed May 22, 2013 8:13 pm

You get to decide. :)

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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Wed May 22, 2013 8:32 pm

I see no point to it....the only fruits I like on my pizza is the tomato and the zucchini. I'm not saying I would not like the pineapple on a pizza, because I like most everything, I prefer a savory pizza, it is comfort food for me.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Frank Deis » Wed May 22, 2013 9:10 pm

I haven't had it so no opinion. My son loves pineapple and he will order it when he can find it.

I think it's popular in Hawaii, pineapple and ham.

Sounds possibly good from my pov, some day I might try it.

Best pizza I ever had was in Rome, in Trastevere, and it had some weird stuff -- an egg, some prosciutto, some kind of leaves, etc.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Rahsaan » Wed May 22, 2013 11:00 pm

Frank Deis wrote:it had some weird stuff -- an egg, some prosciutto, some kind of leaves, etc.


What was the weird stuff?
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Rahsaan » Wed May 22, 2013 11:05 pm

More seriously, assuming the leaves were arugula, that's a pretty common topping in the US and Europe, at least in the places I go. And the egg thing has been making its way across the US as well, although I can see how some who like their eggs well-cooked might not go for that.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Robin Garr » Wed May 22, 2013 11:23 pm

I'm with Karen on this one. I don't see the point to it, and I haven't seen the point to it since I first encountered the "Hawaiian Delight" pie at the Brass Rail pizzeria in Boise, Idaho, around 1969. :P
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Wed May 22, 2013 11:59 pm

Robin Garr wrote:I'm with Karen on this one. I don't see the point to it, and I haven't seen the point to it since I first encountered the "Hawaiian Delight" pie at the Brass Rail pizzeria in Boise, Idaho, around 1969. :P

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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu May 23, 2013 12:19 am

The Indian fellows at one of my jobs were very fond of pineapple-jalapeno pizza. Sweet and spicy. (I ate something else.)
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Howie Hart » Thu May 23, 2013 1:23 am

I have 3 pizza combos that I like and pineapple isn't on any of them. Pizza Margarita, NY Style with pepperoni and mushrooms and NY Style with sausage and olives. Anchovies and/or hot peppers when I'm in the mood.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Thu May 23, 2013 1:31 am

There are very few dishes involving hot pineapple which I find to be edible. Pizza with pineapple is not one of them.

Bigtime yuck for me.

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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu May 23, 2013 2:29 am

A Sicilian place near my house used to make a pizza with sliced hard-boiled egg and fresh green peas. Amazingly good.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Mark Lipton » Thu May 23, 2013 12:32 pm

As much as I love pineapple, pizza is one of the last places I want to see it. I've had the cliched ham and pineapple concoction and it was a definite meh experience.

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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jenise » Thu May 23, 2013 12:48 pm

This is one of those options that comes down to quality of ingredients. The typical version of this--let's go low and suggest Domino's--is the same red sauce and cheese that go on every pizza they make with canned pineapple and factory-made 'ham' of the chopped/pressed/formed-with-meat-glue variety. Substandard ingredients all around. It's crap+crap+crap, and that = crap. Or, terrible on your scale, Jeff.

Now, for comparison, go to Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's Pizza Mozza, and order the pizza with the white cheese sauce underneath that's baked with fresh pinapple (grilled, IIRC) and fresh jalapeno chiles, and topped with real proscuitto de parma when it comes out of the oven. It's DIVINE.

I'm confident that it would change the minds of you naysayers--just like it changed mine.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jim Cassidy » Thu May 23, 2013 1:06 pm

Terrible.

Jenise said:

I'm confident that it would change the minds of you naysayers--just like it changed mine.


But I'm as likely to try pizza with pineapple as you are to try pizza with teaspoon-sized dollops of mayonnaise all over it. :lol:
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jenise » Thu May 23, 2013 1:10 pm

Jim Cassidy wrote:But I'm as likely to try pizza with pineapple as you are to try pizza with teaspoon-sized dollops of mayonnaise all over it. :lol:


That made me laugh! But yes, point taken. My statement presumes one likes pineapple. (I do.)
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jim Cassidy » Thu May 23, 2013 1:49 pm

Jenise said:

My statement presumes one likes pineapple.


I eat more pineapple than you do mayo; my objection is based on an entirely irrational belief that anything not found on 1960's NYC area traditional Italian pizzeria menu should not be called pizza. There was no pineapple.

If you made Mario's recipe and served it to me, I'd probably love it, but it would be easier if you called it something else. I hope to eat in one of Mario's places someday; pineapple will not be involved...
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Hoke » Thu May 23, 2013 2:05 pm

Pineapple on pizza?

No. Just no.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Redwinger » Thu May 23, 2013 3:46 pm

When it comes to pineapple on pizza, I think Nancy Reagan said it best: "Just Say no"
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jenise » Thu May 23, 2013 8:33 pm

Jim Cassidy wrote:Jenise said:

I eat more pineapple than you do mayo; my objection is based on an entirely irrational belief that anything not found on 1960's NYC area traditional Italian pizzeria menu should not be called pizza. There was no pineapple.


I get it, and I used to feel exactly the same way. In fact, I still don't basically feel like I've even eaten pizza if it doesn't have red sauce--that's what it takes to kill the jones. However, Nancy Silverton (who runs the restaurant, Mario's just an absentee part owner) made me understand that pineapple could be fantastic on pizza which I didn't think could be done--it just took quality ingredients.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Hoke » Thu May 23, 2013 8:49 pm

Look, there's foccacia, fougasse and other designated flatbreads, and I'm enough of a liberal to say you can put whatever you want to put on a flatbread. But with pizza, no. One of the few instances where, like Jim, I remain a devout classicist.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu May 23, 2013 9:43 pm

But, but, but... Pepe's white clam!?!?
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Fred Sipe » Thu May 23, 2013 9:48 pm

Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:The Indian fellows at one of my jobs were very fond of pineapple-jalapeno pizza. Sweet and spicy. (I ate something else.)


That sounds like the spicy, sweet, grape jelly meatball appetizers I keep reading about but have never had. Does sound interesting.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Hoke » Thu May 23, 2013 9:49 pm

Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:But, but, but... Pepe's white clam!?!?


I'm not as rigid and dogmatic as Cassidy. I quite like Bianco pizza. And white clam is fine by me.

But lines have to be drawn. And all my lines stop before pineapple.
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Re: Pineapple on Pizza : Tasty or Terrible?

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu May 23, 2013 10:21 pm

Hoke wrote:And all my lines stop before pineapple.

Well said. Fruit is a funny thing to put on pizza.

One place near my house, otherwise good, does a peach and ricotta pizza. If you can forget that it's pizza, then it's sort of in the fruit-and-cottage-cheese family of food.

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