UNESCO said that the art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ (pizza maker) has been put on its prestigious Intangible Cultural Heritage list. “The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform. Pizzaiuoli are a living link for the communities concerned,” UNESCO said in a statement after a committee added 12 new elements to the intangible list during a meeting in Jeju, South Korea.
“There are three primary categories of bearers – the Master Pizzaiuolo, the Pizzaiuolo and the baker – as well as the families in Naples who reproduce the art in their own homes. The element fosters social gatherings and intergenerational exchange, and assumes a character of the spectacular, with the Pizzaiuolo at the centre of their ‘bottega’ sharing their art.” (Ansa)