Ontario resident Sotirios “Sam” Panopoulos, best known for inventing the Hawaiian pizza has died. He was 83 years old.
Panopoulos came up with the Hawaiian pizza in Ontario in 1962, using canned pineapples and a handful of ham shards at his restaurant, The Satellite, in Chatham, Ontario.
Panopoulos was born in Greece in 1934 and immigrated to Canada in 1954. He settled in Ontario and operated a number of restaurants alongside his two brothers, Elias and Nikitas.