Just two years ago, Iceland’s president made international headlines and agreed that he went too far in his comments on a sensitive and controversial topic. 

If you spend any time at all on the internet, you know what I’m talking about. It’s possibly the most hotly contested topic that cycles through social media every few months.

Yes, I’m talking about pineapple on pizza. Should it be allowed? Should it be, as Iceland’s president said, banned?

I have a strange relationship with the humble pineapple. I don’t like it cold. It’s the first and only thing I pick out when presented with some sort of fruit mix. With salsas, I’ll stick with mango, thank you. And you won’t see me drinking anything with pineapple any time soon. 

Hot pineapple, however? Slap that on my plate. Some grilled pineapple rings on meat or a sandwich pairs beautifully.

Pineapple on pizza is no different. It’s a lovely burst of sweetness and texture that brings life to an otherwise ordinary slice of pizza. Sweet and salty is a classic taste profile for a reason. 

The Hawaiian pizza NIMBYs (or should it be NIMPYs?) might try to convince you otherwise. But just remember that it comes down to a matter of taste. And some people have scorched their taste buds to oblivion on flavorless pizza. It’s not their fault. Besides, pizza-making is an ever evolving artform where the topping possibilities are only limited by our imaginations. Who are we to police what can and can’t go on a pizza?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the fiasco with Iceland’s president, it’s that I need to know our local elected officials’ opinions on pineapple pizza. So, anyone want to weigh in?

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