Hawaiian pizza was invented in Canada by a Greek immigrant, who was inspired by Chinese food to put a South American ingredient on an Italian dish, that went on to be most popular in Australia.
The two founders of Pizza Hut sold the business to Pepsi in 1977, and one of the founders then became a prolific Papa John’s franchisee, owning 133 locations by the year 2001. During legal struggles with Pizza Hut in the late 1990s, Papa John’s ran commercial advertisements highlighting the fact, including a dramatization showing Frank Carney [the founder] coming to a Pizza Hut stockholders’ meeting wearing a Papa John’s apron, saying, “Sorry, guys. I found a better pizza.”
Domino’s dropped its “30 minutes or less” guarantee in the US in 1993 after a series of lawsuits accused the company of promoting unsafe driving.
The Hawaiian Pizza was invented in Canada, and is the most popular pizza in Australia, accounting for 15% of pizza sales.
Frozen pizza is so popular in Norway that when a popular brand released a new jingle, it reached #1 on the Norwegian charts.
In the 80’s and 90’s, Domino’s guarantee of delivery within 30 minutes led to so many fatal car crashes their employee death rate was compared to miners and construction workers.
The world’s most expensive pizza listed by Guinness World Records is a seafood pizza that costs CA$450.
A pizza with bacon and egg on it is a common offering at Australian pizza places.
In 2011, a pair of managers from Dominos set fire to a Papa Johns to boost their sales.
In 2005 the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, insulted Finnish cuisine and joked that Finns ate “marinated reindeer”. In 2008, Finland won an international pizza contest, beating Italy. The name of the winning pizza was “Pizza Berlusconi” and it was made of smoked reindeer.