A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 06, 2008
Hawaiian Pizza (Toast Hawaii)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Hawaiian pizza
Hawaiian pizza is a pizza which usually consists of a cheese and tomato base with pieces of ham and pineapple. Some versions include bacon, onions, green pepper, and/or jalapenos, but the version with ham and pineapple only is the most common. It is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of sales.

Despite its name, Hawaiian pizza is not a Hawaiian invention. In Italy, Hawaiian pizza is considered to be a German invention (or a German modification of Italian cuisine), similar to the Toast Hawaii.

Wikipedia: Toast Hawaii
Toast Hawaii is an open sandwich consisting of a slice of toast with ham, pineapple in the middle a large spoon of cranberries and cheese, grilled from above, so that the cheese starts to melt. It was invented, or at least made popular, by the German TV cook Clemens Wilmenrod and is considered typical for West Germany in the 1950s. In the GDR such a sandwich was also known since the 1950s or 1960s and was called Karlsbader Schnitte.

19 August 1961, Lowell (MA) Sun, pg. 9, col. 1:
Film cafe to stuff themselves on big white radishes amd what the Germans call “Toast Hawaii” (grilled cheese and pineapple sandwiches).

5 October 1962, Hayward (CA) , pg. 19, col. 1:
This color TV will be a permanent fixture at BoJo’s...this means you can catch all the spectaculars while enjoying pizza and beer. Hawaiian pizza, at that.

16 October 1966, Arcadia (CA) Tribune, pg. 11, cols. 1-2:
Tempting specialties of Kona coffee and Hawaiian Pizza may be ordered.

19 January 1967, Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) Herald, pg. 3, col. 7 ad:
HAVE YOU TRIED…
HAWAIIAN PIZZA
FROM
TOM’S HOUSE OF PIZZA

Time magazine
Hi-ho, Denaro!
Friday, Aug. 04, 1967
(...)
When he asked Eli Wallach to star in his latest Italian western, the actor cracked: “That must be something like a Hawaiian pizza.”

20 November 1967, Hubbard (OH) News, School Lunch Menu, pg. 18, col. 2:
Hawaiian pizza.

10 October 1969, Pasadena (CA) Star-News, pg. 11, col. 1:
The menu compliments the scene with such exotic dishes as flaming Hawaiian pizza. This includes exotic seasonings, cheese, meat, cherries, and pineapple. I was hesitant to try it, but it was deliciously different. It’s dramatically served flaming as are their many tropical drinks (all non-alcoholic).
(Kai Luau on Pasadena’s “restaurant row”—ed.)

31 March 1971, New York (NY) Times, “Who Else Would Call Hamburgers the Enemy?” by Judy Klemesrud, pg. 28:
“It can have everything on it from soup to nuts. There is the omlette pizza, the Hawaiian pizza, with pineapple and ham, the hot dog pizza, and the chile con carne pizza.”

Google News Archive
24 January 1980, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “Australian tradition is carried on” by Carol Boston, pg. 8, col. 1:
Pineapple is a popular companion with pork or lamb and has even found its way onto Australian pizza.

One restaurant offers an Hawaiian pizza with pineapple and ham. 

Google Books
Kids’ Food Cookbook:
48 Metric Fast Food Favourites

By Shannon Ferrier, Tamara Shuttleworth
Published by James Lorimer & Company
1982
Pg. 30 (Pizza):
Try green peppers, anchovies, mushrooms, bacon, shrimps, olives or onions—or even chunks of pineapple for a Hawaiian pizza. 

19 April 1983, Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, pg. 28, col. 2 ad:
HAWAIIAN PIZZA
1 Pizza Builders USA Kit
5 oz. Canadian bacon
1 c. sliced pineapple, sliced lengthwise
1 firm tomato, sliced thin

Spread sauce on crust. Top with bacon, pineapple and cheese.
(Pizza Builders USA—ed.)

14 February 1985, Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), pg. 9, col. 1 ad:
HAWAIIAN PIZZA
Canadian Bacon & pineapple.
(Casey’s General Store—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (2) Comments • Thursday, November 06, 2008 • Permalink


I think Google Books has the best recipe for this pizza. The right amount of ingredients and a final touch of souce, bacon and cheese.

Posted by New Fairings  on  12/03  at  11:13 AM

My experience is that I ate ham and pineapple Hawaiian pizza in Australia once - nice coincidence that Wikipedia points out Australia with this pizza version smile
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