However, the Italian has admitted he will have to train hard for the next two days after learning the travelling fans at Sunday's derby will be situated in the seventh tier of the Sir John Hall Stand at the Leazes End of the stadium.
Asked about Pardew's leap into the stands following Papiss Cisse's injury-time winner against Fulham last weekend, Di Canio said: "Some people don't agree with or accept what he did in the last game when he jumped on the fans in the last minute, but they have to understand if you don't cause any problems to the opponents, if you don't try to create trouble in the game, why not?
"Why not? This is a genuine reaction. You can imagine a manager that works every day and the suffering and he wins with a goal in the last minute and maybe you can run away from the relegation zone - it can happen.
"It's okay, it's passion - but obviously it's important that everybody understands I will jump three floors if we win on top of my fans."
However, on being told he may have to jump considerably higher, he added with a smile: "Seven? I will train the next two days. I will try."
It may be Di Canio's first Tyne-Wear derby, but he is no stranger to local hostilities having played in the Rome, Glasgow and Sheffield affairs.
In addition, he is well-versed in this particular showdown having resorted to the history books to discover the roots of the intense rivalry between the Tyneside and Wearside clubs.
He said: "I know what is going on. This is probably one of the toughest derbies in the world because we know there is a big rivalry in this area for many reasons.
"It's very rare to find a country where two towns are very close and play both in the top league with an amazing amount of fans who follow them.
"We know going back in history, it started in 1642 with the Civil War in England where some groups used to support in this area maybe the Cavaliers or the Roundheads.
"I studied the history because I love in this country to study the history. That, obviously, was a few years ago and then it was brought into the modern era in football and everyone is inflamed by it.
"But we have to make sure we are going to fight on the field. It's a football match, but it's a real battle. We have to feel this, but with intelligence because we have to make sure we direct our energy in the best possible way to get a result."
Sunderland's need for a first victory on enemy soil since Di Canio's former West Ham team-mate Don Hutchison and Niall Quinn claimed a second successive win there in November 2000 is all the more pressing because of their increasingly parlous position in the Barclays Premier League.
They currently sit above the drop zone only on goal difference after a disastrous run of nine games without a win and defeat by Newcastle could significantly deepen their woes.
The manager said: "Thirteen years is too long. I know that Quinn and my friend Don Hutchison scored, so maybe (Stephane) Sessegnon or maybe other players could score and we could win the game. That would be fantastic for everybody."
Di Canio has at least been able to put his preparations in place without the circus which surrounded his appointment last week and he admits life has been much easier as a result.
He said: Even last week, I tried - it wasn't easy, as you can imagine, because it was not a very good moment, but we were able to prepare for the game well.
"Obviously, this week was better, it was much better. We analysed the match, we had time to spend with our players to focus their attention only on the game.
"I have to tell you, I look 75 anyway, but in some ways, I am happier because I have been talking about only football during the day, even with my family."