UNESCO accepts Italian pizza-making in its Cultural Heritage List
11 Dec

UNESCO accepts Italian pizza-making in its Cultural Heritage List

Neapolitan pizza and its “pizzaiuoli”, as in pizza makers, made it: a few days ago, UNESCO accepted their request to be included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

According to various sources, the decision was made during the recent meeting held in Jeju, South Korea, and celebrated with a tweet that said: “Congratulations #Italy!”. According to the Belpaese, the art of creating the perfect Neapolitan pizza has all the rights to be considered as one of the most important cultural heritages in the world, because it is a focal part of Italy’s cultural and gastronomic tradition.

Italian pizza makers are happy. Mister Romano Fiore, owner of a traditional pizzeria in Rome, declared: “I am honored, like all Italian and Neapolitans… our pizza boasts centuries of history”.

Let’s take a look at what exactly is a Neapolitan pizza: relatively thin crust with the exception of the rim, which, after baking, bloats like a mini-bicycle tire, this traditional pizza must be made in wood-burning brick oven and can be presented in two different version. Pizza Margherita is the most famous and its ingredients are tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, extra virgin olive oil and basil; Pizza Marinara is just as yummy: tomato sauce, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and oregano.

The worldwide famous Pizza Margherita was created, according to the tradition, in 1889 by a local chef to honor Queen Margherita who, at that time, was visiting Naples.

Have you ever tasted the real, traditional Neapolitan pizza while in Italy?