Stanley Tucci has strong feelings about pineapple as a pizza topping

Stanley Tucci and Italian food go hand in hand, like spaghetti and fresh tomato sauce, chianti and Florentine steak, ricotta cheese and a puff pastry (also known as a cannoli)… but never pineapple on the Pizza.

As the host of “Searching for Italy,” a show that explores the culinary history and flavors of the cities and towns of Italy’s 20 regions, Tucci shows that he is naturally curious about the delicacies he tastes. But that curiosity has its limits for him, as demonstrated during a conversation with TODAY Food when he shared his thoughts, or lack thereof, about pineapple as a pizza topping.

“I have no thoughts about it,” Tucci said upon hearing the question. “It’s so repellent, if I thought about it, I might not survive,” Tucci described expressively. “It’s just disgusting.”

The “Devil Wears Prada” actor then wondered, “Where did it come from? Who’s the guy who said, ‘This is a good idea?'”

A valid question, Tucci.

Contrary to popular belief that the dish originated in Hawaii (after all, it’s commonly called “Hawaiian pizza”), it was actually a Greek-born Canadian immigrant named Sam Panopoulos who was largely responsible for popularizing the fruit. sweet as pizza topping. in the 1960s, according to the BBC. Panopoulos opened a restaurant in Ontario, Canada, and decided to break away from traditional pizza toppings by adding pineapple, gaining a lot of attention as a result.

Tucci says he “can’t imagine” having pineapple on pizza, but after a moment, he remembers trying it once as a kid and “blocked it.”

Pasta is another Italian staple that Tucci has strong opinions on — he reveals that he’s generally not a fan of anything creamy.

“I don’t really like cream. I like lasagna bolognese, it has a little bit of bechamel, they don’t put too much,” Tucci said. “But I never like it when people add cream too.”

Final portrait photocall in Rome
Director Stanley Tucci attends the “Final Portrait” photocall at Hotel Eden on February 5, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Ernesto Ruscio / Getty Images

The host then mentions that Americans and Brits often like to add cream to dishes, such as Fettuccine Alfredo, which, to the surprise of many people, is traditionally prepared without cream, just butter and Parm.

Speaking of pasta, Tucci also spilled his favorite pasta dishes during his chat with TODAY. His number one is a simple dish: pasta with fresh tomatoes, onion, basil, garlic and ginger. Second place goes to carbonara with guanciale, followed by Spaghetti alla Nerano (zucchini, basil, olive oil and “a little Parmesan”), pasta with pesto, green beans and potatoes, and pasta with tonno (dark tuna, canned tomatoes). , onion and spaghetti).

During the interview, the Emmy Award-winning actor held a can of S.Pellegrino nearby, with whom he’s partnered for his summer campaign about how Americans can take a true summer vacation like Italians do. A tip from Tucci: pair the Lemon Zest sparkling water flavor with his favorite pasta (the one with fresh tomatoes). The tartness and sweetness of the pair make it a “great combination”, as opposed to, you know, pineapple and pizza.

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