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Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza?

Pizza is not a controversial subject. It’s beloved around the world by foodies of every tribe, from the health-conscious to the proudly gluttonous. Whether you cook your pizza at home, frequent a local pizzeria, or order pizza online, the Italian flatbread dish is family favourite from Toronto to Tokyo.

So, it might surprise you that pizza, or more specifically a single pizza topping, pushed two of the world’s least combative countries to the brink of an international conflict in 2017. That’s right: Canada and Iceland nearly came to blows over one of the few divisive subjects in the pizza universe: Hawaiian pizza.  

Okay, ‘came to blows’ may be an exaggeration. Neither nation was scrambling fighter jets or sounding air raid alarms. But both heads of state, Iceland’s President Guoni Johannesson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, became embroiled in an expansive debate that spanned geographic and political divides.

The trouble started when President Johannesson told a group of students that he was fundamentally opposed to pineapple on pizza and would ban it as a topping, if only he had the power, the CBC reported. The statement was bound to rub Canadians the wrong way. Hawaiian pizza, which features pineapple and ham or bacon (or both), was created by London, Ontario-area pizzeria owner Sam Panopoulos in 1962 and has been embraced by pizza-lovers everywhere. It’s one of our proudest exports, meaning Prime Minister Trudeau had no choice but to fire back on Twitter.

I have pineapple. I have pizza. And I stand behind this delicious Southwestern Ontario creation. #TeamPineapple

Trudeau wrote. A stirring rebuttal.

The Icelandic President eventually responded to the controversy he had unwittingly sparked, explaining that he likes pineapples on their own but not on pizza. He also clarified that he’s glad not to live in a country where heads of state can forbid foods based on personal preference.

Despite the President’s calming words, it was soon clear that the pineapple debate had grown larger than him or his Canadian counterpart.

The Debate Unfurls

With Trudeau and Johannesson having made their positions clear, it was up to pollsters and the American media to determine who was in the right. According to an Abacus Data survey from last year, Canadians tend to side with their Prime Minister: three quarters of respondents answered “No” to the question “Is pineapple on pizza blasphemy?”

Other data suggests Canada is an outlier in its acceptance of pineapple on pizza. A YouGov survey of British consumers found just 53 per cent enjoyed the tangy topping, while 54 per cent of Americans actively dislike it, according to a survey conducted by delivery app Slice.

Celebrities Chime In

It wasn’t long before Trudeau and Johannesson’s feud seeped into the pop culture water supply. Soon, late night hosts and tabloid shows were delving into celebrity’s pineapple preferences with hopes of establishing a consensus. Ontarians Drake and Justin Bieber did their province proud by confirming their love for pineapple on pizza. Fellow A-listers Jeff Goldblum, Jon Hamm (of course), Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Ronda Rousey, Paris Hilton, and Jamie Foxx also went on the record backing Hawaiian pizza toppings.

But the pro-pineapple sentiment wasn’t unanimous. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel vociferously declared “Pineapples do not belong on pizza.” Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay even more vociferously declared “You don’t put [expletive] pineapple on pizza.” And heartthrob/funnyman Justin Theroux also expressed his aversion to the topping.

The Final Word

Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong way to dress your pizza. The data, celebrity musings, and political posturing compiled in this article suggest slightly more people are pro-pineapple than against it. 241 Pizza, for what it’s worth, is firmly in the ‘pro’ camp – we dare you to try our famous Hawaiian and disagree.

When push comes to shove, though, every person’s pizza preferences are legitimate. That’s why 241 Pizza offers a wide selection of toppings, sides, deserts and drinks. Hawaiian pizza lovers and haters shouldn’t be ostracized for their beliefs. They should converse, compromise, and find common ground over a neutral flavour. Order 241 Pizza today by phone or online to start the reconciliation process.

Pizza Day at Your School

Scattered throughout the school year are a number of vitally important days for kids that are often ignored by the rest of society. End-of-year tests are a good example, as are PA days, sporting events like track meets, and kid-centric holidays like Halloween, which in elementary schools feel like a cross between Mardi Gras and a state of emergency.

Then, of course, there is the Pizza Day. Many of us can remember Pizza Days from our own childhoods and the excitement around them has not subsided. From pre-ordering to delivery, Pizza Days are hotly anticipated events at Canadian elementary schools.

241 Pizza is proud to provide hot pizza lunches to schools everywhere in our service area. In fact, just like the students we serve, school Pizza Days are among our favourite days of the year. Here’s why you should call 241 Pizza to arrange the next Pizza Day at your school.

A Trusted Member of Your Community

241 Pizza was launched in Toronto in 1986 and has been serving school Pizza Day lunches ever since. During that time, we’ve come to understand that students need high-quality food and school administrators require flexibility, affordability and great customer service. We’re proud to deliver all of the above.

If you’re interested in organizing a pizza lunch for your school, contact the manager of your nearest 241 Pizza location; we have over 60 storefronts across Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador.

In Ontario, 241 Pizza is proud to comply with the Ministry of Education’s School Food and Beverage Policy, which stipulates that our menu meets nutritional standards, is reviewed by a registered dietician, and contains Ontario-grown and -produced foods when possible.

What Will Pizza Day Cost?

The cost of your 241 Pizza lunch depends on the specifics of your order. However, our managers will do everything they can to provide reasonable, affordable pricing. Bulk orders from 241 Pizza come with no delivery charges and free box pick-up; we also do not require pre-payment for your order.

The price of our 241 Pizza lunches will be negotiated at the start of the school year and will remain unchanged throughout.

Pizza Day Choices

241 Pizza’s full menu includes a range of choices, but our Pizza Day menu is slightly more restrictive. It includes cheese only, cheese and pepperoni, and cheese and veggie pizzas in either large or extra-large sizes. Our large pizzas are 14 inches in diameter and cut to 8 or 10 slices; our extra-larges are 16 inches in diameter and cut to 8 or 10 slices.

Most pizza contains wheat flour dough; our 241 Pizza sauce containing crushed tomatoes, water, salt, garlic and spices; 241 Pizza mozzarella cheese; and 241 Pizza dried cured pepperoni. However, we also offer a variety of alternatives for customers with dietary needs, including gluten free crusts (medium size only); vegan-friendly pizza; and halal toppings.

241 Pizza Delivery

While 241 Pizza takes great pride in providing Pizza Day lunches to schools around Canada, our forte is delivering hot, delicious food directly to your doors. If you’re in the mood for pizza delivery, wings, salads, or anything else on our menu, call 241 Pizza or order online right now.

Celebrate National Pizza Day with 241 Pizza!

February 9th is National Pizza Day, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the popularity of pizza in North America. National Pizza Day is one of two pizza-centric events on the calendar. The other, National Pizza Month, has occurred every October since 1984 when it was created by Gerry Durnell, then-publisher of Pizza Today magazine.

The origins of National Pizza Day are less well-known. It is unclear who started the event or when it was first observed. What is clear is that North Americans absolutely love pizza. Here are a few stats that demonstrate our commitment to the famous Italian flatbread dish.

According to a 2017 survey by California Pizza Kitchen, if Americans were forced to eat only one food for the rest of their lives, 20 percent would choose pizza. It was the runaway top choice. Roughly three-billion pizzas are sold every year in the United States, and Americans consume an average of 23 pounds of pizza annually.

Canadians are equally enamoured. A 2012 survey by Leger Marketing found that 88 per cent of Canadians enjoy quick-serve pick-up or delivery pizza from time to time, and that 33 per cent consider it their favourite quick-serve food item. Hamburgers (25 percent) and subs or sandwiches (20 percent) came in second and third.

The Leger Marketing survey also provides insights on how Canadians like to eat their pizza. For instance, the vast majority (91 per cent) prefer to enjoy it in the company of friends and family rather than alone. The survey also found that chicken wings are the preferred side order in Ontario, while bread and bread sticks dominate on the east coast and French fries reign supreme in Quebec.

In 2018, Canadian Pizza magazine asked pizzeria operators some revealing questions regarding their customers’ pizza preferences. The survey confirmed that wings are the top menu item aside from pizza, followed by salads, pastas, and sandwiches. As for favourite toppings, pepperoni lead the way ahead of bacon, mushrooms and ham. Deserts and garlic bread are the items most likely to be added to pizzeria menus.

241 Pizza has everything you need to celebrate National Pizza Day. Our extensive pizza selection includes classics like pepperoni, deluxe, Canadian, veggie and Hawaiian, and speciality pizzas like classic Greek, basil pesto, bacon cheeseburger and chicken club. We also serve savoury, deep-dish Detroit style pizzas for when you’re extra hungry.

Besides our range of pizzas, 241 offers a variety of appetizers and sides, including chicken wings, chicken chunks, fries, poutine, breadsticks, garlic bread, dipping sauces, salads, drinks, deserts and more. In other words, if you have National Pizza Day circled on your calendar, 241 Pizza is the place to be.

241 Pizza has been serving Canadians delicious, high-quality food for more than 30 years. With 60 locations across Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland, 241 Pizza is your best choice for celebrating National Pizza Day on February 9th. Order pizza online at or through our mobile app or go the old-fashioned route by calling your local 241 Pizza location.

Your Guide to the Ultimate Pizza Party

Getting together with friends can be challenging during the winter. On the rare occasion that roads are clear and snow isn’t falling, the bitter winds and early sunsets make leaving the house seem like an ordeal. Why visit friends when you can curl up with your favourite streaming service and order online pizza delivery?

Of course, hibernation simply isn’t an option for the more socially-minded among us. If you love spending time with friends and family, you may be forced to lure your acquaintances out of hiding – and the best way to that, in our estimation, is to throw a once in a lifetime, too good to be missed pizza party!

Pizza Party Basics

Let’s get this out of the way, for those of you who are uninitiated: a pizza party is a social gathering at which pizza is served. (Shout out to Wikipedia for the exhaustive definition).

Pizza parties can take several forms, such as:

Reasons to Throw a Pizza Party

It’s winter time, but there’s still plenty to celebrate over the next three (or four, or five…) months. Office parties, for instance, are a staple of the season, as are school pizza lunches. By ordering a wide variety of toppings you can make sure that every taste is met, all dietary restrictions are considered, and nobody goes home hungry.

New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year, so why not bring together friends for an especially raucous pizza party. Champagne and ballrooms have their charms, but if you want to avoid paying a premium to stand in line in sub-zero temperatures, celebrate with a tightknit group of besties and a few of your favourite pizza flavours.

Or, if you simply can’t resist the temptation of New Year’s Eve on the town, invite friends over for some therapeutic pizza the next day. A fresh, delicious slice or two is sure to take the edge off that mysterious headache you’re carrying around…

Major Television Events

Notable television events are a staple of the new year: the Golden Globes kick off awards season in January, followed by the Grammy Awards and Academy Awards in February. Bachelor Nation is also keenly aware that a new season gets underway in the first weeks of the year.

Each of these events present an opportunity to have friends over for some drinks, bracketology, and a selection of fresh, delicious delivery pizza. Choose themed toppings and institute a dress code for a particularly celebratory vibe.


Pizza is the quintessential companion for big games, and the New Year is full of them. In January, cheer on Canada’s boys at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship as they take on the next generation of NHL superstars on home turf.

A little later in the month, pretend you’re somewhere warmer and invite friends over to watch Roger Federer compete for his third straight Australian Open title from balmy Melbourne.

The NFL Pro Bowl, NHL All-Star game, and NBA All-Star game all take place early in the year, as does North America’s most-anticipated sporting event, the Super Bowl, which kicks of February 3. These are all prime opportunities to bring friends together for a pizza party and a few cold beverages.

Life and Career Milestones

There’s always an excuse for a pizza party: birthdays, graduations, report cards, promotions, or any event you’d like to celebrate with loved ones will do just fine.

Keys to a Great Pizza Party

Once you’ve decided on a date for your delivery pizza party, it’s time to focus on what really matters: the food.

Not only should your party pizza be fresh and tasty, it should also be affordable, convenient, and come in a wide variety of flavours. 241 Pizza offers enough choices to satisfy every guest, from classic options like veggie, Hawaiian, and deluxe to more experimental flavours like classic Greek and chicken club.

The very best pizza party hosts don’t restrict themselves to serving pizza, either – feel free to offer a selection of classic and breaded wings; fries, poutine, and potato wedges; garlic bread and pizza knots; salads; and desserts, all available for delivery from 241.

Drinks are especially important. Beer is the traditional sidekick for pizza on game night, and champagne is an appropriate substitute during the Oscars, but it’s always important to offer a variety of non-alcoholic options such as soft drinks, bottled water, juices, iced teas, chocolate milk, or even energy drinks.

241 Pizza has everything you need to throw a successful pizza party

When the winter blues have you down, there’s no better way to cheer up than by spending time with family and friends. Call up your loved ones, invite them over for a meal, and then visit to find everything you need for an unforgettable pizza party.

241 Tuesday’s

You deserve a free pizza…

We live up to our name — get twice the pizza you love for half the price with our incredible 241 Tuesdays deal. Choose one regular sized pizza from our ‘create your own’ menu and get a second one on us!

Surprised by unexpected guests? Have a sporting event to get to after work or school? Need some leftovers for later in the week? Two for One Tuesday is an easy solution to these and other predicaments you may find yourself in. Let 241 Pizza take care of your mid-week trouble by giving you a well-earned break!

Take advantage of our notorious two for one deal every Tuesday. With so many delicious options to choose from, the combinations are endless! Be sure to post your #twoforonetuesday creations on social media to share your great ideas with others.

What will you do with all that pizza? Share one with some friends… or don’t, we won’t judge.

241 and one for all!

241 Pizza is Now Mobile Friendly!

Now you can use our new Store Locator when you are out on-the-go with our new mobile website right from your iPhone or smart phone. Find a location near you, order a pizza, or even check out our latest contests and promotions.