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Does pineapple belong on pizza?
We don't have to call it "authentic Italian" but one only needs to look at other yummy foods such as sushi and how they've been reinvented in other cultures with moderately tasty results.
The culinary industry is one that requires a masterful artistic technique. Successful art utilizes creativity, taking things that already exist and putting a spin on them, and bending the rules (like going around definitions), in order to create something new.