NZ Premier shrugs off fury over pizza recipe

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English with his contentious pizza combo, liberally topped with pineapple and spaghetti straight out of a can.
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English with his contentious pizza combo, liberally topped with pineapple and spaghetti straight out of a can.PHOTO: BILL ENGLISH/FACEBOOK

WELLINGTON • New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English defended his love of pizza topped with tinned spaghetti and pineapple yesterday, after his recipe sent fans of the Italian classic into an outraged frenzy.

He posted pictures of his unorthodox tastes on Facebook this week, saying he prepared the dish for his family. The Internet melted down faster than buffalo mozzarella as purists poured online scorn on his spaghetti twist.

"Why on earth would you promote such garbage? Would you serve this stuff to your international guests?" one user posted.

Another said: "Sorry Bill, any man who puts spaghetti on a pizza is not fit to run my country, you cannot count on my vote come election time."

The Italian Embassy in Wellington declared a vendetta, or blood feud, over the desecration, tweeting a picture of New Zealand's beloved pavlova dessert covered with salami. "Vendetta for PM's pizza with tinned spaghetti and pineapple," it said.

Mr English was unfazed, saying his recipe might have cooked up strong opinions, but plenty of people were on his side.

"Everywhere I go now, I meet people who put spaghetti and pineapple on their pizza," he told NewstalkZB. "They come up to me spontaneously when I'm walking through the airport and tell me."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 08, 2017, with the headline 'NZ Premier shrugs off fury over pizza recipe'. Print Edition | Subscribe