The British Broadcasting 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 site and on social networks show. But now a recently published recipe is creating a real shitstorm on the internet. TRAVEL BOOK reveals what it’s all about.
If there is one dish you will not find in any restaurant in Italy, it is Pizza Hawaii. And also here in Germany, there are different opinions 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 for the quirky creation.
And not everyone likes it far. “An insult to Italian food, I’m out!”. “Disgusting.” “God in heaven, what kind of horror recipe is that?” – that’s what most reactions on Facebook and Twitter are on the court, where in addition to ham and pineapple (both from a can) butter, onion, garlic and a “fat cream cheese” are included. “The BBC has declared war on Italy,” wrote a Twitter user of these ingredients. The BBC community is also ruthless on the site, giving the Spaghetti Hawaii recipe 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 pasta has reached its 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 terrible? Obviously yes. “It is absolutely not possible,” Rita Santomauro, who runs a hotel on the Italian island of Panarea, told TRAVELBOOK. “For us Italians, neither Pizza Hawaii nor Spaghetti Hawaii exist. 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 less critical of Hawaiian pizza, now and then I buy it frozen at the supermarket, maybe for a party … I would never ask for it at restaurants: first, because a good pizza does not need anything strange. 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 commented 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’ do not mix,” says another.
After all, there are some benevolent comments among users. “Why not, I wanted to try it,” reads a Facebook comment. “I love it,” writes another user. Whether Spaghetti Hawaii will ever enter the menu of Italian restaurants is still more than doubtful.