Hawaiian pizza, the most controversial topping in pizza history has been dividing the lovers of the Italian delicacy for ages. What started as an experiment by Canadian restaurant owner Sam Panopoulos in Chatham, Ontario back in 1962 has taken over the world becoming a number one favorite and a most hated menu item simultaneously.
One of its most recent negators is Icelandic president Guðni Jóhannesson who caused a huge stir when he said he would ban pineapple pizza if he only could, causing a further schism in the pizza-loving world.
But if you are one of those who thinks a Hawaiian pizza is bizarre, wait until you see what the ever-inventive Japanese have come up with. Believe it or not, there is a Japanese restaurant that’s serving pizza topped with… candyfloss. Guðni Jóhannesson, eat yer heart out.
After becoming renowned for its candyfloss-topped pizzas, the Schmatz Beer Dining restaurant in the Kanda area of Japanese capital Tokyo has found a way to further alienate pizza traditionalists this spring. Namely, they have thrown cherry blossoms into the mix.
The annual blossoming of cherry trees is a big thing in Japanese folklore, with picnicking under one seen as a cultural event.
Schmatz’s pizza is first topped with three different types of cheese, then the candyfloss comes in, which is followed by ginger and honey sauce being drizzled over the top, with cherry blossoms floating in it.
Unfortunately for those who love more extravagant pizzas or who might have started booking a flight to Tokyo already, the cherry blossom recipe was a limited offer, timed to coincide with the blossoming of cherry trees in Japan and ended on the 2nd April.
In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the ephemeral nature of life itself. From the eighth century onwards, royal courtiers would picnic under blossoming cherry trees.
Over the centuries, the tradition has been adopted by all bands of Japanese society.