The British Broadcast Corporation, abbreviated BBC, publishes recipes from around the world on its website in the Food category. In most cases, they are well received by users, as the reviews on the website and on social networks show. But now a recently published recipe is causing a real shitstorm on the internet. TRAVEL BOOK reveals what it’s about.
If there is one dish you will not find in any restaurant in Italy, it is Pizza Hawaii. And even here in Germany, opinions differ when it comes to the combination of ham and pineapple as a pizza spread: some love it, others hate it. A recipe for spaghetti Hawaii, which the BBC posted online in early April, is currently providing new fuel in this regard. “A family-friendly pasta recipe that makes the best of canned food,” writes the BBC editor of the odd creation.
And not everyone likes it by far. “An insult to Italian cuisine, I’m out!” “Disgusting.” “God in heaven, what is this recipe for horror?” – these are most of the reactions on Facebook and Twitter to the dish, which includes ham and pineapple (both from a jar) butter, onions, garlic and a “fatty cream cheese”. “The BBC has declared war on Italy”, writes a Twitter user of these ingredients. The BBC community is also ruthless on the site, giving the recipe for Spaghetti Hawaii only 1.5 out of 5 stars.
And even those who like to eat pizza with pineapple reject the recipe with the spaghetti variant. “I like Hawaiian pizza, but the idea of Hawaiian spaghetti does not appeal to me at all,” writes a Facebook user. “I like pineapple on pizza, but the pasta has reached my limit,” said another user.
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What do Italians say about Spaghetti Hawaii?
But do the Italians themselves really think the dish is so awful? Obviously yes. “It’s absolutely not possible,” Rita Santomauro, who runs a hotel on the Italian island of Panarea, told TRAVELBOOK. For us Italians, there is neither Pizza Hawaii nor Spaghetti Hawaii. Pineapple has no place in savory dishes, only in desserts. ” Berlin-based former TRAVEL BOOK author Francesco Marino is also not convinced by the combination of pineapple and pasta. But he admits: “I’m already less critical of Hawaiian pizza, I buy it frozen from the supermarket every now and then, maybe for a party … I would never ask for it at restaurants: firstly because a good pizza does not need weird combinations of ingredients, and secondly because a real Italian pizzeria does not have Hawaiian pizza on the menu. “
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Some Italians also spoke on Twitter during the BBC post and commented on Spaghetti Hawaii. “Something like that is just criminal,” one writes. “More evidence that ‘British’ and ‘food’ are not mixed,” says another.
After all, there are some benevolent comments among users. “Why not, I would try it”, reads a Facebook comment. “I love it,” writes another user. Whether Spaghetti Hawaii will ever make it onto the menu of Italian restaurants is still more than doubtful.